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What's the best draft class you can build with 2,500 points?

According to the Trade Value Chart, the Lions hold 2,562 points worth of draft picks (not counting compensatory picks, which cannot be traded).

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.

Points Player Points Player
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?

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