The Mock That You Need To Read: Trading Gone Crazy


Having Fun With A Mock Draft & A Lot Of Trading!


This is my first post of any length, but I have been an avid everyday reader since 2008…It’s the time of year of drafts and,…hey we are all having fun right? Well I remember last year there were many trades, and shuffling of picks, and we just don’t know exactly what we will do next year. Once CBA is over and we get things going (hopefully ;p) we can begin to scheme and maneuver our way to getting some more draft picks. A great draft may vary from year to year but it is usually one where you can take away 4 starters and around 2 situational players over the courses of their career. An average draft for most teams would usually garner 2-3 starters, and add depths with a few more players. The way I see it increase our odds, trade down as much as possible and sweetened the deal for other teams. We all are familiar with the draft value chart, (, but as we all know it’s merely a tool. The key to any bargaining is you have to show your trade partner that they are the one benefiting. It won’t always be because they need to jump up and get a key player they have their hearts set on. The kicker often can be that they get more draft value (points/talent) which is their need, and we get more (picks/quantity). If done in the right manner we can obtain depth and true talent in positions of need for our roster in a new 4-3 alignment.  This is complex and thorough, but man would it be cool if we executed a similar plan, follow my logic after the jump….



Denver 1st Rnd, 2nd pick (2600pts) for Cincinnati 1st Rnd , 4th pick; 3rd Rnd,  66th Pick; 5th Rnd, 131st Pick; 6th Rnd, 163rd Pick (2,188pts)


Denver 1st Rnd, 4th Pick (Cincinnati) (1800pts) for San Francisco 1st Rnd, 7th Pick; 3rd Rnd, 76th Pick (1710pts)


Denver 3rd Rnd, 76th Pick (210pts) for Philadelphia  3rd Rnd , 87th Pick; Rnd 5, Pick 137  (192pts)


Kyle Orton Traded To Vikings for 2nd Rnd, 43rd Pick



Pick                                        Position               Player                                   School 
Rnd 1, Pick 7                       DE43                      Marcus Dareus                  Alabama Marcelldareus_medium


Marcell Dareus burst onto the national scene with his MVP performance in the BCS National Championship Game against Texas .... a powerful defensive end who can also slide inside in passing situations ... a tremendous pass rusher who can play the run as well ... named to the preliminary 2010 Lombardi Award Watch List ... played in 22 career games, making three starts ... has 37 career tackles, making nine tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks ... goes into preseason practice as the Tide's top returning defensive end ... recorded six tackles with a sack (-6) in the 2009 A-Day Game ... a two-time winner (2009, 2010) of the Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the A-Day Game Award ... in three 2010 spring scrimmages - including A-Day - Dareus had 21 tackles, 10 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss ... won the Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award for his play in spring practice.


Rnd 2, Pick 36                    TE                           D.J. Williams                     Arkansas



Williams was named the 2010 Disney Spirit Award recipient, which is given to the most inspirational figure in college football, recipient on Nov. 15. On Dec. 9, he was named the first Mackey Award winner in Arkansas history, given to the nation's top tight end. He decided to come back to Arkansas for his senior season and is a postseason awards candidate. He had a great spring after focusing his attention on developing as a blocker in the fall of 2009. He has been named to numerous preseason All-America and All-SEC teams. In three spring scrimmages and the Red-White Spring Game combined, he caught 19 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns. He is the NCAA's active career leader in receptions (147) and receiving yards (1,817) by a tight end. His 147 catches are an Arkansas record by a non-WR and are second on UA's all-time career receptions list. His 1,817 receiving yards are 10th on the program's all-time list.


Rnd 2, Pick 43                    DT43                      Marvin Austin                   North Carolina



-              2010 All-America Candidate

-              2010 Lombardi Award/Outland Award/Nagurski Trophy Candidate

-              2009 Second-Team All-ACC

Considered one of the top defensive tackles available in the 2011 NFL draft by all analysts • Has good quickness and works hard • Plays well against the run and can rush the passer.

Rnd 2, Pick 46                    CB                         Jimmy Smith                        Colorado



AT COLORADO: Career Notes-He finished his Colorado career with 183 career tackles, which ranked him 77th all-time at Colorado, with his 16 pass deflections the 21st most. He allowed just 11 completions in man coverage over his junior and senior seasons (just one of those for a first down). Invited to play in the Senior Bowl in January 2011.



 Rnd 3, Pick 66                    OLB43                   Quan Sturdivant               North Carolina



- 2010 All-America Candidate

-2010 Nagurski & Butkus Award Candidate

- 2009 First-Team All-ACC

- 2009 Butkus Award Semifinalist

One of the top linebackers in the country • Has great speed and is physical • Makes plays all over the field and is rarely out of position • Considered the top senior inside linebacker prospect in the 2011 NFL draft by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.

Rnd 3, Pick 67                  SS                           Rahim Moore                    UCLA



Rahim is one of the best, if not the best, returning safety in the nation ... An All-American a year ago, he is a top candidate for post-season awards, including the Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's top defensive back ... Named to the Watch Lists of the Lott Trophy and Nagurski Trophy, presented to the nation's top defensive player, and is listed on most pre-season All-America teams ... Enjoyed an outstanding sophomore campaign in which he made more interceptions than any FBS player since 2003 ... Starter in all 25 career games ... First true freshman to start every game as a position player since cornerback Matt Ware in 2001 ... Possesses great size, speed and instincts for the position ... His career total of 13 interceptions is tied for No. 7 on the school's all-time list entering his junior season ... Season captain.

Rnd 3, Pick 87                    ILB                          Casey Matthews              Oregon



2010 — (updated Nov. 17) Named one of eight semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy (defensive IMPACT player of the year) and one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award (nation's best linebacker) • Pac-10 co-leader with three fumble recoveries • Team-high (tie) seven tackles, 1.0 TFL in win at Cal • Team-high (tie) eight tackles in win vs. Washington • 10 tackles, including six solo stops and 1.0 TFL, one pass breakup in win at USC • One sack among six total tackles in win vs. UCLA • Career-high third interception to go with five stops and 1.0 TFL in win at Washington State • Eight tackles and a pair of quarterback hurries in win vs. Stanford • Made an interception, recovered a fumble and notched six tackles, 0.5 for loss in win at Arizona State • Recovered a fumble and made his lone tackle count for a sack (loss of 7 yards) in win vs. Portland State • Made six tackles, including 0.5 TFL in win at Tennessee • Had an interception, fumble recovery, 0.5 TFL and three total tackles in season-opening win vs. New Mexico • Began the season on the watch lists for the Butkus Award, Lott Trophy and Lombardi Award • Preseason third-team All-American selection by • Preseason All-Pac-10 second team according to Phil Steele Publications • Made the team’s biggest advance in the vertical jump during winter workouts, posting a 5.5-inch improvement to pace all linebackers with a best of 33 inches.


Rnd 5, Pick 131                  DE43                      Brooks Reed                      Arizona



Reed and fellow end Ricky Elmore will give UA two superb fifth-year seniors on the edge in 2010... In 2009 he started the first three games of the year, had a high-ankle injury at Iowa and missed three games and two starts before starting the final five games... Team citation for defensive player of the week against ASU... In those eight healthy games he recorded five tackles for loss and two sacks among 23 total hits... Season-high five tackles and two tackles for losses in Territorial Cup game against ASU... Entered year on Hendricks Award and Lombardi Award watch lists after a junior season with 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles... Honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2008... Led the team in sacks and forced fumbles... Had 9.5 tackles for losses of 50 yards among 37 total hits... ...Coaches' awards for defensive player of the week honors against California and WSU... Season and career-high six tackles at New Mexico... Had five tackles against Cal, with two sacks and a forced fumble in the game... Four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble for strong showing in bowl game vs. BYU... Reed worked himself into action in the final nine games of 2007, lettering as a backup end and special teams player... Had seven total tackles, with season-best two in the victory against Oregon... In their first combined action, Reed and fellow redshirt frosh end D'Aundre Reed combined for a sack against Washington State, both guys' first career tackle... Switched positions after opening 2007 contending for H-back duty... Redshirted in 2006... He was an early commitment in the class of 2005... UA student-athlete of the month honor for Feb. 2008..


Rnd 5, Pick 137           FB                           Owen Marecic                  Stanford



(scores offensive and defensive TD)

Enters the season atop the depth chart at both fullback and middle linebacker...saw the majority of his reps during the spring at linebacker...earned time at middle linebacker last season in goal line and short-yardage situations...three-time Pac-10 honorable mention selection as a fullback...has made huge contributions to Stanford's running game over the last three seasons as one of the best blocking fullbacks in the nation...tough, hard-nosed competitor has gained ultimate respect from his teammates and coaches due to his unmatched work ethic and attitude...quietly goes about his business without fanfare.



Rnd 6, Pick 163                  DT43                      Anthony Gray                    Southern Miss


In 2010: A second-team All-Conference USA selection ... Played in all 12 games and made 10 starts ... Registered 43 tackles, including 17 solos ... Posted 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks ... Registered season-high seven tackles against Louisiana Tech (9/25) ... Added five stops in four other games, including the Prairie View (9/11), Marshall (10/2), East Carolina (10/9) and UCF (11/13) contests ... Notched one pass breakup ... On the Outland Trophy watch list that recognizes the year's top interior lineman in the country ... On the Outland Trophy watch list that recognizes the year's top interior lineman in the country.



Rnd 6, Pick 192                  DT43                      Kheeston Randall            Texas


Third-year defensive tackle who has seen action in 32 games, including 20 starts ... posted 58 tackles (34 solo), three sacks, 14 TFL, 17 pressures, five PBD, one forced fumble and one blocked kick for his career ... appeared in 14 games, including 10 starts at defensive tackle, in 2009 ... compiled 23 tackles, two sacks, three TFL, nine pressures and a forced fumble ... saw action in eight games as a true freshman in 2008 ... a two-time all-state and three-time all-district selection in high school ... a three-sport letterman as a prepster ... a member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll (Spring 2009).


Rnd 7, Pick 196                  OT                          Adam Grant                       Arizona


Grant will likely switch to left tackle in his final year…  Was granted a retroactive medical hardship year from 2007…Second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2009, with 13 starts at right tackle… He was healthy in 2009 and it showed in some hugely consistent play as part of a unit that allowed only 13 sacks… 18-game starter after earlier hand and knee injuries slowed his start… Was listed at tight end when he arrived… He started the first five games in 2008 before a hand injury knocked him out as a starter, and then came on to play fill-in duty in two other games down the stretch… Was expected to push for a key role in 2007 and then missed out with a knee injury following his only appearance in the NAU game…Also missed his redshirt freshman year in 2006 while rehabilitating.



Our 2011 Draft Recap


Rnd 1, Pick 7                       DE43                      Marcus Dareus                Alabama

Rnd 2, Pick 36                    TE                           D.J. Williams                     Arkansas

Rnd 2, Pick 43                    DT43                      Marvin Austin                   North Carolina

Rnd 2, Pick 46                   CB                          Jimmy Smith                     Colorado

Rnd 3, Pick 66                   OLB43                   Quan Sturdivant               North Carolina

Rnd 3, Pick 67                   SS                           Rahim Moore                    UCLA  

Rnd 3, Pick 87                   ILB                          Casey Matthews              Oregon

Rnd 5, Pick 131                 DE43                      Brooks Reed                     Arizona

Rnd 5, Pick 137                 FB                           Owen Marecic                  Stanford

Rnd 6, Pick 163                  DT43                      Anthony Gray                    Southern Miss

Rnd 6, Pick 192                  DT43                      Kheeston Randall            Texas

Rnd 7, Pick 196                  OT                          Adam Grant                       Arizona

Now whether or not we could make the trades, convince teams to give up their picks, and find these players at these positions is entirely up for debate, however my goal was to show what you can do with giving up points and still go after solid talent in the draft. Here we have 9 defensive players and 3 offensive players, which to me is about in which the ratio we need help. I know our most glaring needs are on defense but we also need a TE, some depth at running back and our offensive line can always use a little backup.  Just look at how we did on defense! I see many prospects that could contribute immediately!  

Hope you guys enjoyed, and will consider the prospects we could obtain my trading down in the 2011 Draft,

Eric Hyatt

AKA @A16416 Twitter & MHR

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