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That went about as well as could be expected last night.

Sure, some folks preferred Chubb or Barkley and we can always debate the merits selecting Nelson over Smith or Edmunds. But I believe we truly selected one of the three best players in the draft and a player that will change this franchise for the better. But overall, If you ignore the nuances of how the 6th pick unfolded, this draft is really working in our favor so far. There is lots of talent left on the board and we still have four picks tonight.

With that in mind, here is what I'm hoping for over the next two days. I think this is where Ballard makes his move. Dallas is still looking for a starting WR to plug into their line-up. They have Cole Beasley and Allen Hurns so I think Courtland Sutton is the guy they want....maybe Miller or Kirk. But Sutton seems like a good fit for Dax and Co. I think we have to be strongly considering Sutton at 2-4 or 2-5 as well, so this pick will cost Dallas. The trade I am proposing is they get 2-5 (37 overall, 540 pts) and we get 2-18 (50, 400), 3-17 (81, 185), and their 6th round compensatory pick (208,7.8).

Here is how I see our picks unfolding:

2-4: Mo Hurst, DT, Michigan. Maybe he doesn't slide this far. I was shocked to see him still on the board last night and even more shocked that he is available in the second. Maybe teams are spooked about his medicals but he has been given a clean bill of health. He provides the kind of inside pressure that we are currently lacking. Teaming him up with Woods, Ridgeway, and Stewart would be stout. My alternative pick would be Sam Hubbard or Will Hernandez.

2-17: Darius Leonard, LB, SCSU. It is no secret that our LB corps is incredibly weak. Leonard plugs in at WILL where his length and abilities make him a potential menace. His instincts are decent but will certainly improve with more reps. Martinas Ranking or Nick Chubb would be my alternative selections here.

2-18: Martinas Rankin, OT, Miss State. Rankin has the skill set to be a decent LT. But I think you focus on developing his play strength and turn him into a prototypical right tackle. At a minimum, Ranking adds depth to the tackle rotation. Nick Chub or Anthony Miller would be the alternatives here.

3-3: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame. I will admit that it took some time for me to come around on St. Brown. His limited touches and size (he looks much less twitchy as a result) made it difficult assess him. I'm not enamored with big WRs....I like route-running, good hands, and the ability to create tough yards. St. Brown brings that to the table and would be a nice WR2 opposite Hilton with Clark in the slot.

3-17: Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC. Athletic and raw with lots of room for development. He is projected as a SAM where he can maximize his athleticism to rush the passer, defend the run, and drop in coverage. I wonder if he couldn't develop into a decent MIKE.

4-4: Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State. He has size and speed. He is more elusive than powerful but can be a workhorse, between the tackles RB that has the ability to break big runs. He is also a capable receiver the of the backfield and is strong in pass protection.

5-3: Marcus Allen, SS, Pitt. Big, physical safety that plays aggressively. He reminds me of Clayton Geathers which is convenient since we don't know his status.

6-4: Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan. He has become my late round draft crush. He isn't big or flashy for a corner. He has a knack for finding the ball and will be a nice cover-2 corner in our defense.

6-18: Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss. I've maintained all along that Ito should be a Colt. He has one of the best jump-cuts I've ever watched and, if used correctly, he can be a multi-threat weapon.

7-3: Greg Senat, OT, Wagner. I know what you are thinking....where the fuck is Wagner? Me too. This is a practice squad player that has a chance to develop. But you can't teach NFL size.

Now, I should get back to work so I can enjoy the draft tonight.

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