Now that I have written up my Manifesto I want to give my mock draft ideas with and without trades.
Mock Draft No Trades
Round 1) Marqise Lee - WR, Southern California- I think he is the most underrated WR in the draft with great YAC skills that will make him perfect for this offense.
Round 3) Phillip Gaines - CB, Rice- Love his potential as a starter in 2015 while he pushes the starters this year
Round 4) Brandon Thomas - OG, Clemson- Redshirt him this year takes over Herremans next steal if he comes back healthy
Round 5) Christian Jones - ILB, Florida State- I'm going to be optimistic and say his failed drug test hurts his stock so much he slides to us in round 5
Round 7) Jonathan Dowling - FS/SS, Western Kentucky- loads of pure talent can he be coached up
Mock Draft With Trades
Trade 1) Trade our 2nd round pick this year for a 2015 2nd and 5th this year to the Bills who want to grab both a WR like Kelvin Benjamin at 41 and a TE like ASJ or Niklas at 54 to give Manuel Weapons after they take Lewan at 9 in the first
Trade 2) Trade Brandon Graham and our 7th for Jerry Hughes - both teams win where the rushers go to systems that better fit their skill set and we give them a little something extra to sweeten the pot
Trade 3) Trade Bryce Brown to the Titians for a future 4th round pick - They need a RB especially one with speed to compete with Shonn Greene
After the draft trade) Trade one of the 2nd round picks, a 5th and Vinny Curry to Miami for Dion Jordan - I think they can work something out for Jordan. They wanted a 1st and Brandon Graham we wanted to give a 2nd and Graham, they would rather do something after that June date so they don't have to take the cap hit and we sweeten our original offer by adding a 5th and upgrading from Graham to Curry.
End up with 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 3 5th round picks Jerry Hughes and Dion Jordan
Round 1) Marqise Lee - WR, Southern California- Still fits here
Round 3) Jarvis Landry - WR, LSU - Good fit in this offense just to good to pass on this late, willing to do the dirty work
Round 4) Brandon Thomas - OG, Clemson- Still fits here
Round 5 (Bills)) Christian Jones - ILB, Florida State- Still fits here
Round 5 (Us)) Aaron Colvin - CB, Oklahoma- Redshirt him for a year and let him compete for a starting job in 2015
Also remember Jerry Hughes and Dion Jordan at OLB and a future 4th to recoup the loss of the second and 5th we will be giving up for Dion Jordan
This solves our OLB problem, the loss of D-Jax and Avant, a eventual replacement for DeMeco Ryans, Cary Willaims, and Todd Herremans so we clear up cap space to make a splash in free agency in 2015 to pay our own like Foles, Maclin, Thornton, Cox, Kendricks, and Boykin. We still need Safety help in the worst way but it's better not to reach and look to FA and the draft next year.
I know this last one is totally ridiculous and more Madden like but I wanted to try and outside the box approach to filling needs with some trades that don't seem too outrageous value wise for both teams going off what I have been reading in reports.