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  1. HomerSchooled

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    Thought I'd give this a shot. Tried to be fairly realistic with the draft positions, and all trades are for near exact value on the famous chart. Here's a little insight into my thought process:

    -I believe AT LEAST one of Mankins or Light will be expected to start for this team over the next couple seasons. If the goal is to trade or eventually let Mankins walk, I think Light's here for a couple more years for stability's sake. If the goal is to keep Mankins, then I think Light becomes expendable, and Vollmer inherits the LT position.
    -Neal may have retired, but I believe Connolly has earned a starter's spot at one of the guard positions.
    -At RB, our goal should be to improve on the production of Taylor and Morris, which isn't very hard. A competent, durable mid-round selection, and the stable is improved. 4th round is where I'd start looking.
    -The two biggest priorities for our team should be ensuring we have a dominant OL and an improved front 7.
    -I lament not getting a 2nd for 2012, but the labor uncertainty eases that a little.


    17 Aldon Smith OLB

    Seems to have the rare length BB looks for in the position (6'5 and 35+ inch arms). Agility numbers and production are pretty close to Robert Quinn's, minus the suspension and brain tumor. Did some pass drops in college, even made a big interception in an upset win over #1 ranked Oklahoma. Broken fibula limited his production in 2010, but still put together a decent season playing hurt. Could be major trouble off the edge in the near future.

    TRADE 33 + 92 for 25

    25 Cameron Heyward DE

    Word is he doesn't get past the Ravens, so we jump ahead of them. Great size for the position, comparable to Seymour coming out of college. Four year starter at Ohio, where everyone speaks the world of him. Frequently played on a 3 man line. Seems to be a mature kid with good bloodlines and leadership qualities. Outstanding vertical leap (35 inch), which seems to be a good indicator of explosiveness. Shows up big time when the lights are on, proving nigh unstoppable in his past two Bowl games.

    28 TRADE for 45 and 76

    45 Jonathan Baldwin WR

    A nice complimentary skill set for this offense, without being as redundant as some of the other receiving prospects would be. Insane 42 inch vertical to go with great size and good speed. Risky pick, attitude wise, but there's little chance of him becoming a major headache until he gets a big contract, and we don't have to be the ones to give it to him. Utterly fearless, and no history of injuries. I think people have forgotten how dominant he has the potential to be (thrifty man's Calvin Johnson or Vincent Jackson). We're not desperate for help at the position, so he can grow into his role. Could still maybe catch 8 or more TDs as a rookie.

    TRADE 74 + 76 for 47

    47 James Carpenter OL

    Alabama connection is nice. Could play either RT or OG, depending on what happens with Light and Mankins. Would have been nice to get him lower, but he seems to be climbing pretty steadily, and deservedly so. Proved a fine pass blocker at the senior bowl, and cleared the way for one of the better rushing attacks in college football over the past few years. Don't think he'll ever be elite at LT (that's Vollmer's destiny, anyway), but he could be close to it anywhere else on the line.

    60 Rodney Hudson OC/OG

    Seeing as Hudson has managed to hit close to 300 on the scale lately without losing much agility, I can't imagine him failing as a player. Mike Mayock said many coaches see him as a potential All-Pro OC in the ZBS. He replaces Koppen this year or next.


    So that's five picks in the first two rounds. Leaves us with our 4th, 5th, and 6th. Maybe pick up an RB, and then BPA rest of the way. If Mankins stays, this could be an utterly dominant OL, and the front seven would be incredibly deep and talented. Plus, we end up with 4 young bucks (Baldwin, Price, Tate, Edelman) with a variety of skills at WR to go with the veterans Welker and Branch.
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    I like your first pick . . . but am rather meh on the rest of 'em.
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    #54 Jersey

    You have us trading away the 92nd pick twice.
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    Whoops. Thanks for the heads up. I'd written this a while ago, and changed it recently.
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    One trade I'd like to see is trading up three spots from 28. Seattle is at 25, and Locker may be their target. If he is, it's unlikely that Atlanta or Baltimore would take him at 26 or 27, so they might do a deal with NE for #28. That would put us ahead of two teams whose draft boards are likely to stack up in much the same way as the Patriots.
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    #24 Jersey

    I too, would like to move ahead from 28--depending of course on how the board shakes out. I think we're pretty much all assuming or hoping that either Wilkerson or Heyward will be there at that point, and that may not be true. If it is, I think it would make the first 2 picks pretty nice.

    Then we can swap 10 picks (approx/ give or take of course) and pick up a 2012 1st with the 33rd selection. We'd have 2 solid picks in the top 25 or so, and then another around the mid-40's, all the while picking up another extra 1st rounder for next year.

    Of course, that would be a very good scenario. Much like life, things don't always work out that way :(
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