Ok.... down to business.
First things first.... this team has problems. I mean problems at every position not named linebacker. I know that its not possible to fix everything in one year.... obviously. I am going to put a best case scenario up first (defensive oriented) and then put a second option for each pick.
I will make the assumption that we get our best case scenario....
#6 overall - S Eric Berry / OT Russel Okung
#14 overall - TRADE THIS PICK / QB Jimmy Clausen
I'd like to trade this pick (the #14 overall) and Leroy Hill to the Patriots. In return we would acquire the #44 #53 and #190 with a fifth next year)
I'm going to assume (see above) that the trade goes through....
#44 overall - NT Linval Joseph / OT Roger Saffold
#53 overall - CB Brandon Ghee / S Morgan Burnett
#60 overall - CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah / S Chris Cook
#104 overall - OT Tony Washington
#127 overall - OT Marshall Newhouse
#133 overall - OT Sam Young
#139 overall - WR Jordan Shipley
#176 overall - K Leigh Tiffin
#190 overall - CB Bryan McCann
#245 overall - DE Chris McCoy
It may seem crazy... but I think this is the best draft we could possibly have. The offense will continue to suck.... but its important to worry about the OL before we worry about playmakers. It is not necessary to draft OL high when Alex Gibbs can work miracles with guys like Tony Washington, Marshall Newhouse, and Sam Young.
It makes sense to upgrade the DL and DB's because they are adjacent to our best unit (the LB's).
It makes sense to trade at least one of them (Tatupu, Hill, Hawthorne, Curry). Trading Hill opens room for the best players to take the field (Hawthorne) and gives us the best chance to win. It fits the system too... as Curry is a great fit at the Under LB in a 4-3 Under system and Hawthorne / Tatupu are fantastic.
It allows us to upgrade our DB's in a serious way. It is so important to do that in a pass driven league... and gives us some serious talent in the defensive backfield while allowing (with the drafting of Linval Joseph) us to upgrade the DL too.
Send your comments.. critiques.. everything.