Originally posted by m_brockalexander:
This is a better idea.
I am almost always on board with this strategy. Unless a player we have ranked much higher in the first drops to us (a player like Datone Jones perhaps), it makes the most sense to trade back into the 2nd round and pick up a first next year. With so many draft picks at our disposal, we should be trading picks away for higher picks next year throughout the course of the draft. We should really be doing this each and every year. However, it makes so much sense this year because of the depth at positions of need in this draft. The difference between our 1st round pick this year and the rest of the second round talent-wise is so small.
Trading away our first for a late second and a first next year, or an early 2nd and a 3rd next year makes plenty of sense. Trading away one of our 3rds for a 2nd next year is also smart. Since our comp pick is likely to be a 4th rounder and not a 3rd, trading our own 4th for a 3rd next year is the next step, etc.
If we managed to accomplish all this (not out of the realm of possibility), we would be set up with 2 1sts, 2 2nds, and 2 3rds in next year's draft, plus we'd still have 12 picks in this year's draft.