I'm changing it up this time. Instead of doing best case and realistic option, I'm going to list one draft as realistic at our current picks and one draft as realistic after a trade I've dreampt up went through. Cleveland gets our #16 pick (to select a QB) and we get Cleveland's #26 pick, #4 pick in the 3rd, and #26 in the 4th. And if this trade doesn't go through, I still have my standard pick mock, so I won't look completely retarded. 1 3rd, 1 4th, and 1 5th for comps. Draft #1 is the picks we have now. Draft #2 is the trade I've thought up. I'll do them separately to prevent confusion
Round 1 #16: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State. This is a tad bit of a reach here, but Benjamin is a fast riser. He has speed and size, 2 traits every coach loves. With a good combine, he'll only continue to go up the boards. And I'm not sure if I've told any of you yet, but I hate our pick at 16/17. I really want to trade down unless either Mike Evans or Greg Robinson is there, realistically speaking. I'd much rather trade down and collect an extra pick or 2.
Round 2 #16: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas. Swanson is the best C available and could be here when we pick.
Round 3 #16: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa. I am starting to think Fiedorowicz is the perfect fit as a #2 TE. He is a good blocker, and is a capable receiver too. He could complement Dennis Pitta very well.
Round 3 Comp (#30 something): Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee. This is another guy that I just want to come here. I love his potential as just our RT.
Round 4 Comp: Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama. While I doubt Terrell Suggs will actually leave, it wouldn't hurt getting more depth behind in the 4th round. Hubbard definitely has some potential, so why not take a whirl on him in the 4th.
Round 5 Comp: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska. This guy is a very big CB who, with some help, could become a good starter outside with Jimmy Smith, with Webb going to the slot.
Round 6 #16: Tre Boston, FS, North Carolina. We missed out on the better Safeties, so we take Tre Boston here. He was a CB, so he can give us very good coverage. He won't be very good in run support though.
Round 7 #19 (B-Mac Dolphins pick): Brent Urban, DE, Virginia. Well this is another DE. Urban is 6'7", and went to Virginia. Just like Chris Canty. And that also could be the man he backs up and possibly takes over for later on.
Draft #2 Remember this is the one where I use the trade listed above.
Round 1 #26: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt. We get a very big all around receiver that should complement Torrey greatly. He has great hands, route running, and size.
Round 2 #16: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame. Niklas is massive, standing at 6'6" and weighing 270 pounds. He can receive well. But he also could be a very good blocker with that size. He could be a very good #2 TE with us.
Round 3 #4: Michael Sam, OLB, Missouri. Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are both aging. Another OLB to rush the passer can never hurt either.
Round 3 #16: Dion Bailey, S, USC. Bailey seems like a great fit for us at FS. He is good at centerfield, can make the tackle, and can take on blockers.
Round 3 Comp : Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee. You will likely see a lot of the same picks in the later rounds. I just would love drafting James and plugging him in at RT.
Round 4 #26: Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State. Larsen is a good C and should be available when our 4th round pick comes along.
Round 4 Comp: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska. Another big CB to go outside with Jimmy. It will help when we have to play the Alshon Jeffery/Brandon Marshall tandems of the league. Or if we play Denver. Jimmy on Demaryius Thomas, Jean-Baptiste on Decker, and Webb on Welker. Except Decker might leave Denver for $ in FA.
Round 5 Comp: De'Anthony Thomas, OW, Oregon. He is falling because of size/injury concerns. If he makes it here, scoop him up. We might lose Jacoby Jones, and Thomas could fill his KR role. We could line him up at WR, HB, and KR/PR. He could be electric on screen passes.
Round 6 #16: Russell Bodine, OL, North Carolina. This is a depth pick. We could get rid of Jah Reid if we have some other depth around. Bodine is also helpful because he can play C and OG. He has all the physical tools. If Ryan Jensen and Tyler Larsen don't pan out, he also could maybe become the starting C.
Round 7 #19: Brent Urban, DE, Virginia. This gives us another D-Linemen because Arthur Jones is likely leaving and it's possible Chris Canty gets cut.