Assume that the Pats pick up a high 3rd round pick from Kansas City via trade, currently projected to be #69 - I'm not sure how we would do this (trade current player vs. future pick), but assume it for the sake of this exercise. Assume also that the Pats pick at #23 and 55 in the first 2 rounds, with picks at #45 and #50 from Tennessee and Jacksonville. Consider the following 2 alternate draft scenarios: Option 1: 23. CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson - the most electric offensive playmaker in the draft 45. Corey Wootten, DE, Northwestern - 6'7" 280# prospect who should be good at the 5-technique 50. Greg Romeus, DE/OLB, Pittsburgh - 6'5" 265# prospect with a lot of upside; strong against the run and rushing the passer 55. Austen Lane, DE/OLB, Murray St. - 6'6" 260# small school freak who has DeMarcus Ware-like agility numbers and tremendous productivity 69. Mike Johnson, OG, Alabama - 6'6" 305# mauler who paved the way for Mark Ingram this year 120. Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale - 6'8" 325# athletic OT with a lot of upside who has been compared to Sebastian Vollmer, and who could take over at RT in 2011 or 2012 once Vollmer eventually moves to LT Option 2: - Trade #23 + #45 to Denver or San Francisco for a pick in the 10-12 range (I'll call it 11 for now). #23 + 45 are worth 1210 points according to the old draft value chart; #11 is worth 1250. I think those teams are the most likely trading partners with picks in the relevant area of the draft. 11. Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama - 6'4" 255# defensive playmaker to pair with Mayo 50. Greg Romeus, DE/OLB, Pittsburgh 55. Austen Lane, DE/OLB, Murray St. 69. Mike Johnson, OG, Alabama 120. Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale If you prefer other guys at DE/OLB or OL, feel free to substitute, but I've left all of the players the same except for 23 + 45 vs. 11. In one draft we get a RB + a 3-4 DE, including the biggest offensive playmaker in the draft; in the other we get possibly one of the 2 best defensive playmakers (along with Ndamukong Suh) in the draft. Which option would you prefer?