I think we all know that BB doesn't draft like this, but it's early, and I can't do much at work until it starts getting later on the west coast. This is a draft focused on replacing player with player, looking a year in the future. 1. I'm assuming the worst...that all our free agents go elsewhere, and that we don't sign anyone more than a one-year stopgap, vet minimum type. 2. I'm giving us two 6th round comp picks for losing Andruzzi and Patten. 3. I'm trading down in the first round. I'm trading #21 and #105 to Indianapolis for #30 and #62. I think we'll do something similar to this. 4. Our draft picks now: 1st round (30) 2nd round (52) 2nd round (62) 3rd round (75) 3rd round (86) 4th round (117) 5th round (131) 6th round (182) 6th round comp 6th round comp 7th round (213) Obviously the 4th round and lower exact position will change with the addition of comp picks to the mix. 5. Players who are now the starters or key backups that may need replacing between now and after the 2006 season: Koppen (injury, last year on contract) Hochstein (not starter material) Graham (last year on contract) Dillon (age) Branch (last year on contract) B. Johnson (sucks) McGinest (age, contract issues) Seymour (Last year on contract) Samuel (Last year on contract) Hobbs/Gay (May not be starter material) Pass (Last year on contract) Faulk (age) Kicker (none on roster) 6. I think that, unless we use a first on Sinorice Moss, there is likely no Branch replacement in the draft this year. 7. I think that there is no kicker in the draft worth drafting. Position will be filled through FA. 8. I'm choosing to draft only one cornerback, and hope that Hobbs is a legit starter. 9. After careful consideration in regards to the Pats system and draft value, I tried to put a draft together to cover as many of those bases as I could. Keeping in mind that if I took, say, a CB high, then I would need to pick up every other position of need that much lower. This is what I came up with: #30 Broderick Bunkley DT Florida St. Has the game to replace Seymour if necessary. #52 Mike Hass WR Oregon St. Didn't want to take him this high, but he's definitly moving up the charts. He could replace Givens. #62 DeMario Minter CB Georgia Very fluid and athletic cover guy. Could be our #1 corner by December. Can replace Samuel, or join him as a starter. #75 DonTrelle Moore RB New Mexico Would have liked Addai, but wanted to address the other positions in the second round. I think Moore is seriously undervalued. I can see him replacing Dillon in '07. #86 Tim Dobbins ILB Iowa St. Good at reading the play and anticipating. Captain of a good Cyclone defense. Can compete with Claridge for time and hopefully one or both will be eventual ILB starters. #117 Tim Day TE Oregon At worst, he'd be a very good third TE. Has potential to replace Graham as #2 if he leaves. #131 Donovan Raiola C Wisconsin Should still be on the board. I don't see Koppen sticking around when his contract's up. Raiola's downside is that he backs up the three interior positions. His upside is that he becomes the next Koppen, late draft pick stepping into a starting position. #182 James Wyche DE Syracuse I don't think that we'd be able to draft Wimbley or Lawson unless we give up Bunkley. And the talent drop off could be less here. Taking Tapp earlier is a possibility also. Wyche has the pass-rushing ability to play OLB, and is a better tackler than a lot of the guys projected to go higher. Anchored a very strong Syracuse D last year. Earmarked to replace McGinest. Comp. Adam Stenavich T Michigan Should slip a bit behind all those good tackles in the draft, but would make a very good guard to compete with Hochstein/Mruczkowski/Mathis. Comp. Miles Austin WR Monmouth Supposedly dominated the competition last season. May or may not be able to step right in at WR, but can contribute immediately as KR. #213 Garrett Mills RB Tulsa He's a Patrick Pass clone, that can play FB, HB, and even TE. Has good hands out of the backfield. I don't see a good replacement for Faulk in the last couple of rounds, but we can only carry so many RBs. Hopefully Earl Charles shows something. There it is. Thoughts? Remember, that if you suggest taking a LB or CB in round one, which is fine, how are you going to address the potential DE hole later? You can pick up a K or backup QB at the expense of another position. Fun, thought provoking exercise.