Here are the players that I think will be gone when the thirteenth pick comes around:
Okung, Bulaga, Davis, Williams
Sad, isn’t it?
With the exception of the two quarterbacks, any of those players that somehow fall to us (thanks again, Al Davis!) we will snatch up just as we did Crabtree last year.
But if the four offensive tackles are off the board, then I don’t think we reach for Campbell, Ducasse, Iupati, or Brown. By the way, if Campbell is gone and Davis is there, I still think we don’t take him. We need to be sure…
We need a starter, a for sure player who can come in and make us better from day one.
So, who’s left?
Nobody worth the high pick that fits our needs and system. Reaches only.
Dez Bryant? Wouldn’t see the field enough to justify the pick.
Dan Williams? Ditto.
Earl Thomas? Draft him to change to CB? At thirteen? Ouch.
Taylor Mays? Well, I think he could start for us at strong safety, so he might make the most sense of all, but he’s still a reach at thirteen, and anyway, we need a CB more.
So, can we find a trading partner and trade down to pick up an OT (I guess I’d prefer Brown of those that are left) at seventeen and maybe Kyle Wilson a little later?
Best of a bad business, if you ask me.
And if we can’t find a trading partner….
Hey, Al, did you see how fast Jacoby Ford ran at the combine? And he can’t catch either!
Finally, suppose we’ve worked with Miami or Seattle, or both, and not just one, but two of those players I expect to be gone are still there when either Miami or Seattle draft (though of course, if it’s Seattle only one will be…we’ll have taken the other-which is why we should complete the trade before we make the thirteenth pick!)
We trade seventeen, 79, and 145 to Seattle for fourteen. We’d need to get back their 104 to balance the values out.
Or, if it’s the Dolphins who want to play, we send them seventeen, 79, and our fifth and sixth rounders for the twelfth pick.
Farfetched? Unlikely? Yep. Two of the top thirteen would have to drop to make this even imaginable. But if you’re not a big fan of lower round draft choices (c’mon down, Bear Pascoe!), then maybe it’s worth the price.
I sure hope Spiller falls!!
Hey, Al, Dez Bryant is as good as Crabtree!