Ok, I don't have time to research the topics I want to discuss right now because I have to go to work soon. Here is a really quick mock that I put together. It does involve a Marshall and Sheffler trade, as I think both should and will happen. My Preference: Trade Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler to the Browns for their 2nd and their 3rd (#38 & #71). I would also trade our 6th (#183) and 7th (#220) to the Rams for their 5th rounder (#132).
This gives us:
First Round #11 - Dan Williams NT.
I have heard the anti-Dan Williams talk and I disagree with it. We have upgraded our defensive line but we are certainly not done yet. Dan Williams, in my opinion, offers the most positional value and overall value at the #11 pick. It is becoming increasingly likely that he may be off the board by #11, but you never know.
Second Round #38 - Arrelious Benn WR.
This guy is my personal #2 WR in the whole draft. He has the requisite speed, athleticism, height, and intelligence we are looking for. He comes from a bad system and will likely need some time to learn better route running etc.
Second Round #45 - Vladimir Ducasse OT/OG.
I struggled with this pick. If it were up to me I would probably take John Jerry but I don't think we will go in that direction. I think John Jerry is the most starter-ready of all guards in the draft and will likely have a very long career. However, I acknowledge Vlad probably has more long-term upside.
Third Round #71 - Dexter McCluster RB/WR/KR/PR.
I obviously love Toby Gerhart but it is hard to pass on a guy who can be your new KR/PR, WR, and fill in at running back if need be. Too high of a value to pass on. I doubt this guy is around any later than this, and I doubt he may be around for this pick, but you never know. Mocks allow you to have your cake and eat it too.
Third Round #80 - Donald Butler or Brandon Spikes ILB.
Both guys, in my opinion, offer similar value, with a slight edge going to Butler. Spikes certainly did not play like he ran a 5.0 40 and his production was very impressive throughout his career. I toyed with the idea of selecting Mike Johnson who was the LG that Mark Ingram ran behind the entire year. Either way, I would be happy.
Fourth Round #114 - Walter Thurmond CB.
This guy offers late first to second round talent and is available in the 4th! I love everything about this pick. This guy played next to Jarius Byrd in college and, in my opinion, was the better player. We need to get younger at CB and in a year or two, I have a feeling Thurmond will be able to step up.
Fifth Round #132 - Joe Hawley C.
I have a very good feeling about Joe Hawley. I think if he didn't alternate between C and G, he would have received more recognition. I think Hawley fits the bill for a quality center, stout, strong, high football IQ, and vocal leader. I know many people think we need to use a first or second rounder on a center, and I am not necessarily opposed to that, but this is what I would prefer.
Let me know your thoughts. Please, only gentle kicks to the groin.