Don't hate me for the trade. Just throwing a fun scenario out there. It's possible that each one of these picks will be taken higher than I drafted them. If we actually got this lucky, I'd be very surprised!
Trade with Bengals, #7 and next year's 2nd and 4th for #17 and #21 to draft Claiborne/Kirkpatrick/Gilmore/Jenkins (obviously Claibourne, but if they hold any of the other 3 high enough they could jump for one). Note: if it's Claibourne, we don't give them the 2nd next year.
17. Alshon Jeffrey: 2 months ago this would have been too low. Two weeks ago this would have been too high. Now, it's about right. After running an extremely underwhelming 4.88 at the combine, Jeffrey jumps back out to an average of 4.46 and a high of 4.39 and low of 4.54. The only real question mark on Jeffrey is his speed, and with an outstanding pro-day he may have shown he's an elite prospect. Between now and the draft, we may start wondering if he will fall this far.
21. Stephen Hill: Here batter batter. We're taking a home run swing here; hope we don't strike out. After destroying the combine, Hill has climbed to mid-1st status.
37. Nick Perry: Perry has great instincts. He takes good angles, reads plays well, great against the run (our staple) shows patience and has an endless motor. He's also got good burst strength and can push a lineman backwards with his hand movements. I don't think he's an elite pass rusher or the best one in this draft, and I have made it known I'd like to swing for the fences if we go for a DE, but I feel his instincts and athleticism could be a very good compliment to Mincey.
71. Bobbie Massie: Massie somehow falls to our spot in the 3rd. Massie is a solid-to-good prospect at RT who has been said to do everything well, although nothing spectacular. He can pass block, run block, and does a good job standing his ground. Although not an elite prospect, he still has lots of room to grow. He's been said to be a guy who can start right away.
96. Michael Egnew: This guy is an atheltic stud, and was 2010 1st team All-American with Blaine Gabbert throwing to him. Many teams may pass on him due to his lack of production and the abundance of good 2nd-3rd round TEs this year, but we have to explore that Gabbert-Egnew chemistry. Perhaps with Egnew to throw to, we see Gabbert settle down a little bit.
5. Tank Carder: In my opinion, one of the most underrated linebackers in recent memory. This could be a real steal.
6. Akiem Hicks: Goobye Collins and Douzable, hello Hicks. Collins had a knack for big plays and douzable was reliable. Hicks is somewhere in between, and like Douzable has the ability to kick it to the outside.
7. Shaun Powell: 3 way punter competition. Let's get this sh!t straightend out by next year.
Mjd, Jennings, Harris, Owens
Lewis, Egnew*, Miller, Cloherty
Lowery, Trent, Isaac
Scobee, Powell, Cain