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2,050 points: What's the best draft haul you can make for the Lions?

According to the Trade Value Chart, the Lions hold 2,050 points worth of draft picks (not counting compensatory picks, which cannot be traded).

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 2015's picks is allowed either.

If you want Jadeveon Clowney, too bad. He costs 3,000 points as the consensus top player, and you only have 2,050.

You can't have Greg Robinson either. Robinson costs 2,600 points, being the consensus second-best.

If you need to have Sammy Watkins, he costs 1700 points, leaving you with just 350 points for the rest of the draft.

Big thanks to NinersNation member Poldarn for compiling this consensus post-combine big board. Available for this exercise are the top 100 prospects off this big board.

Again, you can draft as many of these 100 players as you want, but you cannot spend more than 2,050 points total. (You can spend less than 2,050, leaving more late-round picks. They don't have to add up to exactly 2,050).

Example (here's mine):

680 points - Jace Amaro, TE

590 points - Brandon Cooks, WR

390 points - Jimmie Ward, S

255 points - DaQuan Jones, DT

124 points - Weston Richburg, C

=2039 total (11 points remaining: that's a 7th round pick, in addition to our compensatory 4ths)

Chart:

The left two columns list players by how much they cost.

The right two columns list players alphabetically by first name.

Jadeveon Clowney costs 3,000 points. A.J. McCarron costs 215 points (not 3,000). etc.

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina 3000 A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama 215
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn 2600 Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh 1000
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville 2200 Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State 580
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M 1800 Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA 1300
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson 1700 Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU 99
Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo 1600 Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee 380
Blake Bortles, QB, UCF 1500 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington 420
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan 1400 Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemon 260
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M 1350 Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington 284
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA 1300 Blake Bortles, QB, UCF 1500
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M 1250 Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State 540
C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama 1200 Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State 590
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State 1150 Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson 330
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina 1100 Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina 98
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State 1050 C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama 1200
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh 1000 Calvin Pryor, SS, Louisville 800
Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama 950 Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford 97
Marqise Lee, WR, USC 900 Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State 240
Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame 875 Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State 430
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State 850 Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia 165
Calvin Pryor, SS, Louisville 800 Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin 225
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU 780 Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas 210
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri 760 Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State 180
Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame 740 Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor 116
Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn 720 Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama 700
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama 700 DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State 255
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech 680 Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State 1150
Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State 660 Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State 400
Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota 640 David Yankey, OG, Stanford 520
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU 620 Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn 720
Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State 600 Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State 235
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State 590 Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State 250
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State 580 Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State 850
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech 560 Dominique Easley, DT, Florida 370
Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame 550 Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss 200
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State 540 Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU 160
Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech 530 Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina 1100
David Yankey, OG, Stanford 520 Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State 360
Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young 510 Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn 2600
Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA 500 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama 950
Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford 490 Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech 680
Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State 480 Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State 230
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State 470 Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas 190
Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State 460 Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina 3000
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt 450 Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M 1800
Tre Mason, RB, Auburn 440 Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin 128
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State 430 Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU 340
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington 420 Jason Verrett, CB, TCU 620
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia 410 Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech 530
Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State 400 Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU 136
Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois 390 Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois 390
Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee 380 Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois 320
Dominique Easley, DT, Florida 370 Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada 350
Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State 360 Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M 1350
Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada 350 Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt 450
Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU 340 Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State 1050
Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson 330 Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona 195
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois 320 Keith McGill, CB, Utah 120
Marcus Martin, C, USC 310 Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina 220
Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame 300 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State 470
Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford 292 Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo 1600
Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington 284 Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri 760
Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood 276 Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech 560
Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State 270 Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young 510
Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville 265 Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State 460
Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemon 260 Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida 140
DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State 255 Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame 875
Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State 250 Marcus Martin, C, USC 310
Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado 245 Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida 205
Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State 240 Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville 265
Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State 235 Marqise Lee, WR, USC 900
Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State 230 Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson 170
Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin 225 Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M 1250
Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina 220 Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia 410
A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama 215 Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU 780
Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas 210 Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado 245
Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida 205 Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood 276
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss 200 Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota 640
Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona 195 Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State 600
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas 190 Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson 1700
Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State 185 Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State 480
Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State 180 Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford 292
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska 175 Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska 175
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson 170 Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame 550
Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia 165 Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan 1400
Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU 160 Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville 2200
Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas 155 Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State 185
Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU 150 Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State 132
Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut 145 Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State 660
Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida 140 Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas 155
Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU 136 Tre Mason, RB, Auburn 440
Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State 132 Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford 490
Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin 128 Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame 300
Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State 124 Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina 100
Keith McGill, CB, Utah 120 Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State 124
Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor 116 Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State 270
Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina 100 Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA 500
Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU 99 Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut 145
Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina 98 Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU 150
Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford 97 Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame 740

So...what's the best draft class you can make?

edit: Just for fun, PoD's submissions from last year. Almost everyone wanted Warford, three people (cram9030, NorthLeft12, vilupninja) called for Ansah, and two people (rickithebear and TCLion) included Darius Slay in their lists, nice work.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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