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Cromartie to the 49ers for their 2nd and 5th.


1: Tavon Austin WR/RB


2: Zac Ertz TE


2: Dallas Thomas OG 


3: Gerald Hodges ILB/LB 


4: Cornelius Washington DE/OLB 


5: TJ McDonald S/DB


5: Sean Renfree QB


6: Quanterus Smith DE/OLB


7: Caleb Sturgis K 


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I got one for ya:


Trade Revis to Tampa Bay for a 1st and 3rd.


1A: Tavon Austin


(Trade back with 1B to the early twenties. Recoup 3rd.)

1B:[target] Jarvis Jones...settle for Alec Ogletree. 


(Trade 2nd round pick with 3rd round pick to move back into the first round)

2: Eddie Lacy


3A: Gavin Escobar/Travis Kelce

3B: Travis Frederick


4: David Bass


5: Marcus Lattimore


6: Ray Ray Armstrong


7: Mike Catapano

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If the draft went like this:


Cromartie to the 49ers for 61 and their 4.


1: Star Lotulelei DT/NT


2: Zac Ertz TE


2: Larry Warford OG


3: Quinton Patton WR


4: Gerald Hodges ILB/OLB


4: Sean Renfree QB


5: Quanterus Smith DE/OLB


6: Marcus Lattimore RB


7: Trey Wilson CB


How many tears on JN? 

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I could really see us netting a 1st and 3rd from Tampa Bay (and a 2nd in 2014).

And then, to make it really interesting, I could see us trading our #9 pick to San Francisco in exchange for their #31, #34, and #74 (that's a late late 1st, an early 2nd, and a middle 3rd).

Then, for craps and laughs, I factor in a trade back with St Louis (who own two first round picks).  We slide from #13, to #22.  In exchange, we get their 3rd round pick #78.

But wait, there's more.  I just noticed that the Vikings have two pick in the first and fourth rounds.  I want em. So let's factor in a minor trade from their #25 spot to our #22?  That gives them back-to-back selections (22 and 23) a neat feature to have when making selections and only costs them one of their two fourth round picks (we'll call it the later of their two, #120)


San Francisco pays a high price to move up, but that's the cost and luxury of having so many draft picks.  They need to target players they really want, and get them by any means necessary.  In this scenario, SF moves up to select the draft's premier player at one of the three biggest offseason needs they have to address.  (1) Defensive Line.  The Niners get a replacement for Sopogoa and Ricky-Jean, with Star Lotulelei.  He makes sense, especially considering the shaky health of Justin Smith late last season.  (2) Safety/ (3) Cornerback.  There's talk that the Niners will sign somebody either a safety or a cornerback, maybe both.  That still shouldn't dissuade them from wanting a crack at this year's finest.  Kenny Vaccarro can take the sting off of losing Goldson to free agency, and Dee Milliner (might, maybe) slide a little bit, adding this year's finest CB talent to the pot of players available at #9.   


Rams need (1) Wide Receiver, (2) Safety, and (3) Offensive Guard.  By trading with us from #22 to #13, they get a legitimate crack at their favorite WR in this year's draft.  They could pick up Austin, Patterson or Allen, and still have the #16 pick to settle their OG situation, likely landing one of Warmack/Cooper.   That is TWO premier players at their respective positions for the cost of a middle 3rd round pick.


Minnesota gets scared that they'll miss out on the draft's last top-tiered WR. STL trades up with NYJ to get Patterson at the #13 spot, shortly afterward, Austin gets picked up.  Vikings, gunning for Keenan Allen, know the receiver needy Jets might take him with the #22.  So they listen intently when Idzik explains that he'd love to parlay that pick into a minor trade back, for the low low price of their second fourth round pick.  


Alas, My Mock:


-First Round-

#9: [traded to SF for #31, #34, and #74]

#13: [traded to STL for #22, and #78]

#22:  [traded to MIN for #25, and #120]

#25: RB  Eddie Lacy.  The Jets target a plummeting Jarvis Jones and miss out, their secondary target Alec Ogletree also gets picked before them, so they turn to their board and see that Eddie is the highest rated offensive player available.  Convenient, as we need a bruising power runner to compliment our bevy of third-down guys. Lacy is by far the heaviest runner in the draft, he has patience and quickness to wait for holes then hit them, would-be tacker or not.   It helps that he plays a position that can make a seamless transition into the pros, and his presence, playmaking, and power bring a new attitude to the offense that has sorely been lacking since Thomas Jones' biceps.

#31: OLB  DaMontre Moore.  He slides for his lack of effort at the Combine Games, but shows a little reprieve in his pro day "comeback".  Neither take away from his on field production.  We take a shot on a once top-five prospect, and start to shore up a position of great need. 


-Second Round-

#34: WR  DeAndre Hopkins.  We add more second round talent to the receiving corp.  This enables us to be patient with Holmes' recovery, and allow Kerley the freedom to return to the slot where he really excels.  Hopkins was the #2 for Clemson until Watkins went down, then he grew into the #1 role.  Finishing the year with 82 catches, for 1,445 yards and 18 tds.  The kid runs routes better than most, has hands of glue, and deceptive deep speed. Would make for a nice addition to our offense.   

#39: TE  Gavin Escobar.  The Jets get their Tony Gonzalez.  This kid is a willing blocker and has a huge catch radius.  His size and hand-catching talents make for a nice redzone target. 


-Third Round-

#72: OG/OC  Travis Frederick.  The best OG/OC combo player in the draft.  A nasty run blocker from all interior offensive line positions, Frederick adds valuable competition and versatility to the team. He presses Vlad for starting time, and is able to step in for Colon should his health act up.   

#73: CB/S  Tyrann Mathieu.  Rex Ryan gets a bone.  Namely, an instinctive turnover machine, to hover about his secondary and show off his ball skills.  I see Rex motioning toward a long-armed defensive line to play in his nickle bases.  This is to clog passing lanes, and swat passes down, or tip them up...for players exactly like Tyrann. 

#74 IR-RB  Marcus Lattimore.  So what if he sits a year on the PUP learning the playbook.  If our health-defying free agency decisions are any indication of our FO's willingness to gamble on recovering players with big upside...then Marcus could possibly be the best decision of this draft; Lacy or not. 

#78 DE/OLB  David Bass.  Small School Hero.  Self described as a beast.  He has the size (6'4, 260) and the production setting school records for career sacks (39.5) and consecutive starts (50), to make him a valuable commodity to 3-4 teams looking to add OLB help.  


-Fourth Round-

#106: OT/OG  Brian Winters.  Big Boy with nasty blocking skills. He adds competition to both guard positions and provides LT experience. 

#120: DE/OLB  Dave Catapano.  Local smarty, he plays OLB with the tenacity of a try-hard white guy. He's a pass rusher.  I know.  That makes three on the draft but Moore and Bass have larger frames and get production in addition to their run defense.  Catapano offer a skill set more adapted toward pinning his ears back, and would compliment the competition we've added in Antwan Barnes.  He tested off the charts at the Combine; talent scouts say he has moved from UDFA to a 5th round candidate.  Which means he'll be drafted in the 4th round.  We get him here and add depth to our pass rush and also beefed up Special Teams


-Fifth Round-

#141: DT/NT  Kwame Geathers.  We need to add a beefy run stuffer, and we get great value here. The 6'5, 342 mountain of a man adds to the rotation of Ellis, Harrison, and Garay. 


-Sixth Round-

#178: SS/FS  Ray Ray Armstrong.  Thought to fall out of the draft, the Jets, once again go for broke, and snatch him up before other teams get their calls in.  Ray Ray has the size, athleticism, and power to make us forget about Laron  Bell leaving for greener pastures. 

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