For the sake of nice round numbers, and allowing a few points (62) for late-round picks, suppose the Lions have 2,500 points to work with in the first few rounds of the draft.
As we all know, trading down is not always an option, as some team has to want to trade up for a specific player. Also, trading up is not always an option, as the team you're offering to trade up with might want another player more than what you're offering for that pick.
But suppose you can trade up and down as much as you want to. Draft capital is fluid, and you can target whatever of the top players you want. The only rule here is that the draft will conform to this consensus big board (see table below). If you want a player, you have to pay the full "point value" for that player. No dipping into 2014's picks is allowed either.
If you want Luke Joeckel, too bad. Joeckel costs 3,000 points as the top player, and you only have 2,500 to work with.
You can't have Eric Fisher, either. Fisher costs 2,600 points, being the consensus second-best player.
If you need to have Chance Warmack, he costs 1,600 points, leaving you with 900 points to spend on other players.
This big board is an average of the Top 100 players from WalterFootball, NFLsFuture and MockingTheDraft. I only included players who made the top 100 on all three big boards. I took their rankings, averaged their position # from all three, and then assigned each position a point value from the Trade Chart (# 1 = 3,000, etc).
This gives you 68 top players to choose from. No late-round picks for this exercise. this is all about finding value in the first few rounds, with 2,500 points of draft capital to work with.
Again, you can draft as many of these 68 players as you want, but you cannot spend more than 2,500 points total. (You can spend less than 2,500, leaving more late-round picks. They don't have to add up to exactly 2,500)
Example (and this is my favorite draft haul at this point):
780 points - DeAndre Hopkins, WR
640 points - Larry Warford, OG
590 points - Damontre Moore, DE/OLB
470 points - Alex Okafor, DE
= 2,480 total (20 points left over)
Chart: The left two columns list players by how much they cost. The right two columns list players alphabetically by first name.
Luke Joeckel costs 3,000 points (not 700). Alec Ogletree costs 700 points. etc.
|3,000||LUKE JOECKEL, OT||700||ALEC OGLETREE, ILB|
|2,600||ERIC FISHER, OT||470||ALEX OKAFOR, DE/OLB|
|2,200||SHELDON RICHARDSON, DT||850||ARTHUR BROWN, ILB/OLB|
|1,800||STAR LOTULELEI, DT||1,100||BARKEVIOUS MINGO, DE/OLB|
|1,700||DION JORDAN, DE/OLB||900||BJOERN WERNER, DE|
|1,600||CHANCE WARMACK, OG||276||BLIDI WREH-WILSON, CB|
|1,500||DEE MILLINER, CB||284||BRANDON WILLIAMS, DT|
|1,400||SHARRIF FLOYD, DT/5T||1,600||CHANCE WARMACK, OG|
|1,350||JONATHAN COOPER, OG||800||CORDARRELLE PATTERSON, WR|
|1,300||JARVIS JONES, OLB||740||CORNELLIUS CARRADINE, DE|
|1,250||EZEKIEL ANSAH, DE||600||D.J. FLUKER, OT|
|1,200||LANE JOHNSON, OT||410||D.J. HAYDEN, CB|
|1,150||TAVON AUSTIN, WR||300||DA’RICK ROGERS, WR|
|1,100||BARKEVIOUS MINGO, DE/OLB||590||DAMONTRE MOORE, DE/OLB|
|1,050||GENO SMITH, QB||265||DARIUS SLAY, CB|
|1,000||KENNY VACCARO, SS||680||DATONE JONES, DE|
|950||XAVIER RHODES, CB||780||DEANDRE HOPKINS, WR|
|900||BJOERN WERNER, DE||1,500||DEE MILLINER, CB|
|875||DESMOND TRUFANT, CB||875||DESMOND TRUFANT, CB|
|850||ARTHUR BROWN, ILB/OLB||1,700||DION JORDAN, DE/OLB|
|800||CORDARRELLE PATTERSON, WR||500||EDDIE LACY, RB|
|780||DEANDRE HOPKINS, WR||255||EJ MANUEL, QB|
|760||TYLER EIFERT, TE||2,600||ERIC FISHER, OT|
|740||CORNELLIUS CARRADINE, DE||440||ERIC REID, FS|
|720||KEENAN ALLEN, WR||1,250||EZEKIEL ANSAH, DE|
|700||ALEC OGLETREE, ILB||310||GAVIN ESCOBAR, TE|
|680||DATONE JONES, DE||1,050||GENO SMITH, QB|
|660||JOHNATHAN CYPRIEN, SS||380||GIOVANI BERNARD, RB|
|640||LARRY WARFORD, OG||560||JAMAR TAYLOR, CB|
|620||JOHNATHAN HANKINS, DT||1,300||JARVIS JONES, OLB|
|600||D.J. FLUKER, OT||420||JESSE WILLIAMS, DT|
|590||DAMONTRE MOORE, DE/OLB||660||JOHNATHAN CYPRIEN, SS|
|580||KEVIN MINTER, ILB||360||JOHNATHAN FRANKLIN, RB|
|560||JAMAR TAYLOR, CB||620||JOHNATHAN HANKINS, DT|
|550||MANTI TE’O, ILB||400||JOHNATHAN JENKINS, DT|
|540||ZACH ERTZ, TE||480||JOHNTHAN BANKS, CB|
|530||JUSTIN HUNTER, WR||1,350||JONATHAN COOPER, OG|
|520||MATT ELAM, SS||350||JORDAN POYER, CB|
|510||SYLVESTER WILLIAMS, DT||260||JOSEPH RANDLE, RB|
|500||EDDIE LACY, RB||530||JUSTIN HUNTER, WR|
|490||ROBERT WOODS, WR||460||KAWANN SHORT, DT|
|480||JOHNTHAN BANKS, CB||720||KEENAN ALLEN, WR|
|470||ALEX OKAFOR, DE/OLB||1,000||KENNY VACCARO, SS|
|460||KAWANN SHORT, DT||580||KEVIN MINTER, ILB|
|450||LOGAN RYAN, CB||330||KYLE LONG, OT/OG|
|440||ERIC REID, FS||1,200||LANE JOHNSON, OT|
|430||SIO MOORE, OLB||640||LARRY WARFORD, OG|
|420||JESSE WILLIAMS, DT||450||LOGAN RYAN, CB|
|410||D.J. HAYDEN, CB||3,000||LUKE JOECKEL, OT|
|400||JOHNATHAN JENKINS, DT||550||MANTI TE’O, ILB|
|390||STEDMAN BAILEY, WR||370||MATT BARKLEY, QB|
|380||GIOVANI BERNARD, RB||520||MATT ELAM, SS|
|370||MATT BARKLEY, QB||292||MIKE GLENNON, QB|
|360||JOHNATHAN FRANKLIN, RB||320||QUINTON PATTON, WR|
|350||JORDAN POYER, CB||490||ROBERT WOODS, WR|
|340||TRAVIS KELCE, TE||250||RYAN NASSIB, QB|
|330||KYLE LONG, OT/OG||1,400||SHARRIF FLOYD, DT/5T|
|320||QUINTON PATTON, WR||2,200||SHELDON RICHARDSON, DT|
|310||GAVIN ESCOBAR, TE||430||SIO MOORE, OLB|
|300||DA’RICK ROGERS, WR||1,800||STAR LOTULELEI, DT|
|292||MIKE GLENNON, QB||390||STEDMAN BAILEY, WR|
|284||BRANDON WILLIAMS, DT||510||SYLVESTER WILLIAMS, DT|
|276||BLIDI WREH-WILSON, CB||1,150||TAVON AUSTIN, WR|
|270||TYLER WILSON, QB||340||TRAVIS KELCE, TE|
|265||DARIUS SLAY, CB||760||TYLER EIFERT, TE|
|260||JOSEPH RANDLE, RB||270||TYLER WILSON, QB|
|255||EJ MANUEL, QB||950||XAVIER RHODES, CB|
|250||RYAN NASSIB, QB||540||ZACH ERTZ, TE|
So...What's the best draft class you can make?