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Five mistakes Grigson must avoid in the '14 draft.

1. Moving up. I'm pretty sure that he is aware he shouldn't do this, but the guy loves to be active and it is going to kill him to sit there and watch just about everybody pick twice before he has a chance. I don't see any player that is going to make an immediate impact that is worth giving up something we don't really have. The temptation will also be there in later rounds, but mortgaging the future to move up for mid round picks is not a practice he can continue.

2. Not aquiring more picks. I'm a huge proponent of trading a future pick to get back into the middle rounds. Giving up next years third rounder for a fourth is the most logical option. I know it goes against what I said above about mortgaging the future, but I look at it as balancing out this year and next years draft class. That makes sense in a deep draft. I'm also not opposed to trading back from the second into the third round. If one of your coveted safeties is not there and you see don't pick you are excited about, get more picks. Better yet, do both.

3. Taking on projects. Last years draft class wasn't a bust so much as it was a project draft. Werner, Holmes and Hughes were all projects that were going to take time. Not only do projects take time, they are risky. We cannot afford to have a second draft where we have multiple guys who are unlikely to contribute this year.

4. Falling in love with the current roster. It is easy to look at the roster and look at the best case scenario thinking everything is going to work out. There are A LOT of ifs and shoulds when discussing the roster right now. The pass rush, line and secondary are all areas that could use an influx of talent. Grigson has had a tendency to wear the rose colored glasses in the past. It's time he gets brutally honest with himself about the holes in this team and quit living in a fantasy land.

5. Reaching. This is a danger in every draft, but more so when the FO honestly admits that it needs a safety and plans to take one. If one of the guys you want is not there at 59, go in a different direction or trade back. Ward and Brooks are the only two I'd feel great about there and there is a decent chance both could be gone by the time we pick. We have significant needs on the at CB, the interior of the line and in the pass rush, there is no need to reach badly in a draft like this.

I think all of these are pretty obvious, but Grigson is the type of GM who scares me because he can be extremely unpredictable. If he sticks to his board and shows patience, we should be fine. If he gets impatient and starts trying to get too creative, this draft could end up a disaster and seriously jeopardize his job security. Make no mistake, after last years disappointing draft and FA, this is a very important week for him.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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