Re: ESPN top 25 free agency rankings, 3 Pats in top 10
posted at 12/23/2012 3:37 AM EST
Its obv a long shot, but you are correct two #1's is too much. Now a 2nd this year and 1st next year would be a tough call. All contracts are able to be favorably reconstructed in the NFL, the fact that fitz likely has about 35-40 million guaranteed on his makes me feel we could work something out.
As for trading around in the draft this year, it is very unlikely a pick in the 27-31 range will net us a '14 pick in the top 10. Only time that ever happened was with Mayo... all other times BB traded a pick in the 20's for one in the 20's the following season. With only picks in first 3 rd's and then two 7th rd picks I don't see us having the ammo to move up like we did for Jones/Hightower unless its with 2014 picks.
rame, #1 no team right now is going to predict they willbe a league worst team in 2 years (so they wont see it coming).
2nd about trading up this year, if we do (which i doubt) we can use 2014 picks, ie move up to land jordan or ansah (de pass rushers), or big dream-hankins dt, or dt jenkins o or willimams in rd 1.
de hunt or nt jessie willimas in rd 2
frederick c/g in rd 3
I'm def with you on trading 2014 picks to move up this year for instant impact players if we can... I have felt this way for years as Brady has a small window... I hope BB just felt that window extended longer than most of us did and will hopefully now be making more moves like he did for Jones/Hightower and less moves like he did '09-'11 when I feel he blew some good opportunities.
and of course no team really 'expects' to be terrible the next season... but you can bet there are a dozen teams who wouldn't in their right minds trade a '14 #1 pick for the Pats pick this year in the 27-31 range. knowing it likely is a top 15 pick.
Like I said the only time we got lucky was with the Mayo pick in '08 b/c the 49ers felt they were almost in the playoffs and ended up with the 8th pick a year later. Maybe find an NFC team like the Vikings, Cowboys, Bucs, Eagles, Lions or Bears who all consider themselves ready to improve and either get into or get deeper into the playoffs next year and end up being worse. I could see any of those teams being in the 7-14 range in a year.