Since we just had a "look forward to the draft" kind of game...
From seeing how horrible we've been doing on pass coverage, I wouldn't be disappointed if we drafted a corner in <em>both </em>of the first two rounds, or at least in rounds 1 and 3. Get two young guys at the same position to motivate each other.
We will have, probably, somewhere between the 4th and 8th overall pick. That's a position it's pretty easy to trade down from (unlike the #1 overall was). For example, in 2009, Cleveland traded down from #5 to #17 and got an extra mid-second-rounder plus a handful of players. In 2008, New England traded down just three spots from 7th to 10th and got a high third-rounder.
Now that we finally have a front office and coaching staff where 2nd- and 3rd-rounders aren't a foregone waste of a pick, I would LOVE to pick up an additional future starting-material guy. Lord knows we need it, we have so little depth at too many positions.
The average selection position of the top cornerback in the past ten drafts (2000-2009) was 12.3. Obviously the value of Joe Haden or whoever the top CB ends up being could be valued anywhere, but if we assume historical averages, and we need to trade down to about the #12 spot, using the traditional draft value chart, and assuming the team with the 12th overall pick has the 12th pick in each round (a "mid-high" pick in each round):
If we end up at #4...Trading down from the #4 (1800) overall to the #12 (1200) overall would net us something like an extra mid-high 2nd-round pick (#44) and a 4th, 5th, and 6th. Or, we'd trade down from #4 to #12, and we'd get the 2nd-rounder (#44) plus their 3rd (#76) for our 5th and 6th.
This might be too optimistic. The team at #12 would have to REALLY want somebody specific at #4 to give up all of that. Heck, I'd trade from #4 to #12 and just take the extra 2nd rounder, but the more we could get, the better.
If we end up at #8...Trading down from the #8 (1400) overall to the #12 (1200) overall would net us something like an extra mid-high 3rd-round pick (#76), but we may have to bundle a 7th or 6th-rounder to make it happen.
I know, too much depends on who-wants-who and who's-available-where, but this is a scenario I'd really like to see, and it's not too far-fetched. We move down a few spots in the first round, pick up an extra 2nd- or 3rd-round pick, take the top corner in the draft, use the extra 2nd- or 3rd-round pick on another starting-quality corner, and use our other 2nd- and 3rd-rounders on BPA D-Line, unless there's a big OL available in rounds 2-3 with a lot of upside who could play Guard until he eventually/hopefully replaces Backus.
Of course, I won't complain if we end up with a big lineman, like Okung or Suh, with our first pick. But I really want some secondary players who can cover. It shouldn't be too much to ask. Plus, 4 picks in the first 3 rounds would be nice too. Thoughts?