Originally posted by MC9BEAT:
It is possible we could trade back 4-5 slots and gain an early 3rd rd pick. We could then take both our early 3rd round picks and trade them for a mid 2nd round pick 40-45. That would leave us with four 2nd round picks. If we trade back with the depth of this draft we would probably be better off drafting three 2nd rd picks and then having four 3rd rd picks including 2 early ones. That would give us 7 premium draft picks in a very deep draft plus our 4th and 5th rounders and the three 7th rd picks.
It's interesting. I had always wondered why teams don't do this all the time. My logic was, if you trade back from the 1st, then up with all your other picks you could end up with 4 or 5 players from rounds 2 and 3. And that would be better because you would still be drafting talented players, but you'd double your chances of success.
And when I look at the players I want out of any given draft year, it always seems like there's 4-5 guys I really like that could be had in that range. This year, for example, I would love come away with come combination of Moncrief, Bryant, Ellington, Jean-Baptiste, Joyner, Attaochu, Marcus Smith, Bailey, Dixon, and Bucannon.
But a few years ago the Patriots actually did this. At the time I thought they were geniuses. But it turns out we were all wrong. They didn't get a single impact player out of 4 second round picks and it actually set them back quite a bit.
I still haven't totally given up on the theory, but I see now why GMs don't do it more.