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The Ballard Trade and Mock That Makes Sense

Given Ballard's past, both with his involvement with the Kansas City Chiefs and his draft approach in trading back some, I present to you the following (and my last for this year) draft scenario...

Trade

with Kansas City Chiefs

Send picks #42 and #73

Receive picks #50, #62 and #135

Similar to how Montez Sweat was right there for us to pick a few years ago when we needed EDGE something fierce, both Skye Moore and Christian Watson are available at #42, but Ballard trades back anyway. In doing so, he doesn't move back much but improves our 3rd rounder to a late 2nd rounder, and picks up an additional 4th rounder in the process.

Using the ESPN draft value chart, this trade does make a good deal of sense. KC is overpaying a little, but not a ton. They are giving up 722.5 in value and getting back 705 for a WR they believe can be a huge piece for their offense. For the record, they chose Moore, and the Browns selected Watson at #44.

Draft

50. Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan

62. John Metchie III, WR, Alabama

122. Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State

135. Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State

159. Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State

179. Eyioma Uwazurike, IDL, Iowa State

216. Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor

240. Amari Carter, S, Miami

The result of this fantastic trade Ballard pulls off is locking down the starting left tackle of the future, as well as our true #2 WR. In addition to that, we strengthen the LB core with a player right in the mold of Leonard and Okereke, and pick up a potential starting outside corner who is really well suited for Bradley's defensive scheme. The rest focuses on quality depth in positions of need, including double dipping on WR with a guy that is an absolute speed demon, albeit lanky as all can be. Oh, and both Smith and Carter bring some real nastiness to our defense, which we can always use more of, even if a lot of it is only on special teams initially.

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