Okay, I am channeling my inner "Ron from NM" with this post. His recent trade speculation really got me thinking. IF OBD does not want Gabbert or Newton or if they are not there when we pick, then I think OBD should do everything in their power to trade down and acquire more picks. Here is my rationale:
If they don't believe they can get a franchise QB at 3, then I just don't see any one player that stands out to me as a prospect out of this group of 9 players:
Bowers, Miller, Quinn, Peterson, Dareus, Jordan, Fairley, Watt or Aldon Smith
I think they are all tremendously talented players and I believe any one of them could end up being the best of that group. If we can assume that Gabbert, Newton and either AJ Green or Julio Jones will go top 10, then that means we could trade down as far as pick #12 and be assured of selecting a player from that group of 9 players.
Personally, I'd be excited if any of those 9 guys were our first round pick this year, but I'd be even MORE excited if we selected one of them AND had an extra 2nd round pick (and possibly more) to show for it.
Now, I highly doubt Nix will trade down at all. Heck, he made each pick so quick last year that he didn't even leave time for the phone to ring with a trade offer. And I am sure that Nix has a major preference on getting one of those players and won't want to risk losing them.
But that is where we've screwed up in the draft for so long and why Belichick always does so well. He won't fall in love with a player, if he can add extra picks and pick up a player that is very similar in skills, then he will pull the trigger.
So, IF OBD does not want Newton or Gabbert, and IF they don't think one of those 9 players is head and shoulders above the rest, and IF we get a reasonable offer to trade down, then I think they'd be crazy not to pull the trigger and grab some extra picks.