By: John Wickham

I have done both, trade ups and trade downs and now I am going to stay put.

Well it did not take long. I traded my 2,28 pick to MIA for 3,15 & 3,20. In the first I selected a CB because none of the pass rushers were available and Banks was the best CB available. I took back to back DEs because the value was there and then because I believe Washington to be a more complete DE with good pass rushing skills and the strength to hold up against the run. Lemonier again because he is a pass rush specialist at this point and time. I ended the 3rd round with Jenkins because of big-run stuffer is needed and he was the best available. I know his work ethic is questioned but what 330+ lbs gets that way with a good work ethic. I got a LB who I think helps provide depth and hopefully competes for playing time. Again I got Jordan Reed an athletic TE who can help the team in certain sets this year and even more next season with Tony gone. Back to back OL picks to provide depth and competition. Some more defensive picks to help special teams now and maybe playing time down the road in Sweeting and Taylor. Again Wilson who I know people question his character but his coach was Mike Leach and he left Texas Tech after some players questioned his coaching style but I would have to be convinced by his interview before putting him on my draft board. Then a RB who could be a possible member of a running back by committee.

Round 1 Pick 30: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Round 3 Pick 15 (MIA): Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia
Round 3 Pick 20 (MIA): Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
Round 3 Pick 30: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Round 4 Pick 30: Keith Pough, OLB, Howard
Round 4 Pick 36 (COMP): Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Round 5 Pick 30: Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
Round 6 Pick 30: P.J. Lonergan, C, LSU
Round 7 Pick 30: Rod Sweeting, CB, Georgia Tech
Round 7 Pick 37 (COMP): Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State
Round 7 Pick 38 (COMP): Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
Round 7 Pick 43 (COMP): Bruce Taylor, ILB, Virginia Tech

In this draft I did absolutely no trading. I really do like Eifert and think he will be a quality player but I did not really want to take him at this point of the draft. None of the top CBs or pass rushers where available. I really wanted to trade down and see if Eifert made it to my later pick with also getting another 3rd and possibly a 4th round pick as well. But since I stayed put Tyler Eifert was the BPA. Next I selected a pass rushing specialist. Then a CB who can hopefully compete for at least the nickel spot. Then I went with LBs in the 4th round to help with depth, in coverage, and compete for playing time if not a starting spot. Again the 5th round I picked up a LB because of the value and depth. Then I picked an OT for depth. In the 7th I got another CB and a big nose to help stuff the run. A wide receiver to help compete for the 4th spot and in case Julio or Roddy go down. To end the draft I got another guy who I believe could help with our pass rush.

Round 1 Pick 30: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Round 2 Pick 28: Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
Round 3 Pick 30: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
Round 4 Pick 30: Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M
Round 4 Pick 36 (COMP): A.J. Klein, ILB, Iowa State
Round 5 Pick 30: Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut
Round 6 Pick 30: Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
Round 7 Pick 30: Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
Round 7 Pick 37 (COMP): Gilbert Pena, DT, Ole Miss
Round 7 Pick 38 (COMP): Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State
Round 7 Pick 43 (COMP): Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky