I have never posted a Mock Draft before, but have considered my own ideal drafts in the past. I don't put a lot stock in mocks because we don't have all the information that the teams have on the prospects and our opinion on what the team needs, varies from what the coaches and personnel people view as dire needs.
Over the past few years Buddy and company have made multiple picks and FA signings to address deficiencies on our defense, with Mario, Lawson, Barnett, Gilmore, Dareus, etc. Our defense could definitely get better especially at linebacker and secondary. But I think we need more playmakers on offense in order to overtake NE in the division. So I decided that in the top three rounds I would focus on offense. I think we all agree that QB, WR, TE and OG are the big offenses needs. So my goal would be to get at least three of those needs filled. I agree with Buddy that OG is the least pressing, I feel that quality guards can be found later in the draft, or less athletic tackles can be converted to guard.
I am not a big fan of the QBs this year so I will not be selecting one in the first round. I think no matter who the QB is we are lacking the weapons to make them successful in the passing game. I love Stevie and think he will be a star player for us during his career. But in today's NFL you need multiple receivers that strike fear in opposing defenses. Making a defense fear the passing game will only improve production out of Spiller the Thriller and Freddie. So getting our future QB (even if its Kolb) is my priority. Hopefully one selected in the second or third round will pull a Russel Wilson.
I have three scenarios presented below, one staying put at 8, the other two are trades with St. Louis one for the 16th and 46th pick for the 8th, and the other the 22nd pick, 46th and 78th for the 8th.
Pick #8 WR - Cordarelle Paterson
Pick #41 TE - Zach Ertz
Pick #71 - QB Mike Glennon - I think he could drop to here but will probably be taken in the second at some point.
Pick #16 - TE - Tyler Eiffert
Pick #41 - WR - Justin Hunter
Pick #46 - QB E.J. Manuel
Pick #71 - OG Brian Winters
Pick #22 - WR - Justin Hunter - I think he will be taken in the second, but in this scenario, I am making sure I get him before addressing other positions.
Pick #41 - TE - Zach Ertz
Pick #46 - QB - Mike Glennon - I have the extra pick here and like Buddy says if you want the QB take him a round higher then you have him rated.
Pick #71 - OG -Brian Winters
Pick #78 - WR - Da'Rick Rodgers
Which one of these scenarios would you prefer.