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I normally hate trade down drafts, but if you want my idea of a perfect draft with no trades involved, check out my last mock thread and critique away.

The Trades

Trade 1: Atlanta trades its first (6) round pick to St. Louis for their first (13) and second (44) round picks. This is St. Louis going all in - their way of telling Bradford that it's make or break time. They use 2 overall to grab Sammy Watkins and then trade back up into the 6 spot to grab Greg Robinson and make their offense truly complete. Atlanta trades back 7 spots and picks up the 44th overall pick. Simple, and it has a precedence: Last year, St. Louis traded up with Buffalo to get Tavon Austin. The trade was a 1st and 3rd for a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th. I simply cut out the 3rd round picks and because it was only seven spots up instead of eight, I also dropped the 7th round pick and made it nice and simple.

Trade 2: Atlanta trades its third (68) and fifth (147) round picks to New England for their second (62) round pick. Primary goal here is to leapfrog Seattle for the beast OT available at this pick.

So, here's the draft.

1.001 (HOU): Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

1.002 (STL): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

1.003 (JAC): Jadeveon Clowney, LEO, South Carolina

1.004 (CLE): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

1.005 (OAK): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

1.006 (STL): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

1.007 (TBB): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

1.008 (MIN): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St

1.009 (BUF): Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

1.010(DET): HaSean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

1.011(TEN): Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St

1.012(NYG): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

1.013(ATL): Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Say hello to our new pass rush specialist. Whether he's starting at DE in a 4 man front or at OLB in a 3 man front, this guy is going to be an absolutely special pass rusher in the NFL. To me, he's the 3rd best edge rusher in this draft behind Clowney and Mack. He's more of a down lineman, so in 4-3 sets he'd have his hand in the ground, but he's more than capable of rushing from a two point stance as well.

2.037(ATL): Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

And now meet our official replacement for Stephen Nicholas and Kroy Biermann in the same fell swoop. Van Noy might not be the elite athlete that you'd expect from a guy who had 24 sacks over his last three years at BYU, but he just gets the job done. He's a very solid pass rusher, excellent run defender and shockingly competent cover man. He's the Sam LB we so desperately need, and he's a good enough pass rusher to put his hand in the dirt on passing downs and pin his ears back when we need it most.

2.044(ATL): Lamarcus Joyner, FS, Florida St

Nobody fits Mike Nolan's scheme in this draft more than Lamarcus Joyner. If there's only one player in this draft I want us to come away with, it's this guy. He's a good coverage FS, sure, but he offers so much more than that it's almost unfair. He's an excellent blitzer, hits like a linebacker, and isn't afraid of contact - three factors I wish I could've said about Decoud when he was here. At the end of the day, this guy is going to be Mike Nolan's new favorite toy.

2.062(ATL): JaWuan James, OT, Tennessee

We trade back up into the second to leapfrog Seattle, who inevitably wants to grab an OT in this class, and nab the last available starter-quality tackle prospect on the board. James is a freakish athlete - he's 6'6 and has 35" arms - and he's got better feet than most of the tackles in this draft. With some proper coaching, this guy can be an absolute stud for us, and provide the much needed protection that Matt Ryan wishes he could've had last year.

4.103(ATL): Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia

I'd prefer CJ Fiedorowicz, but Lynch is kind of a poor man's version of CJ. He's big, a very sound blocker, and a capable receiver. He's the type of TE that isn't going to blow the top off defenses, but he'll find the holes in the D when asked, and he has very consistent hands. Was quite consistent at UGA as a receiver putting up nearly 900 yards and 8 TDs in his last two seasons.

4.139(ATL): Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee

We brought in Paul Soliai, but he's 29 years old and isn't going to be an every down guy for us. McCullers is an absolute physical freak at 6'7 and with 36" arms. If this kid gets the right coaching, he could be the best NT in the league within two years. He's massive and has tons of untapped potential, and I honestly think Cox is the right guy to bring it out of him.

6.182(ATL): DeAndre Coleman, DE, California

Another massive body to add to the DL, but this time a 3-4 DE prospect rather than a pure NT type. Coleman is huge, long and athletic, so yet again, Bryan Cox gets to work with an absolutely top tier prospect from a physical perspective. Worst case scenario, Coleman helps out our goalline packages by just being a massive human being and pushing really really hard when the ball gets snapped. Best case scenario, we just drafted our own version of Muhammed Wilkerson in the sixth round. Not a bad tradeoff, I'd say.

7.220(ATL): Brandon Thomas, G, Clemson

Thomas was looking great at the senior bowl, but had a devastating injury at the combine that absolutely destroyed his draft stock. We don't need him to start his year - this is my insurance policy pick for next year when we decide that Justin Blalock isn't worth the near $4m that we'd save by cutting him.

7.253(ATL): Terrance Cobb, RB, Cumberlands

My personal favorite late round RB in this draft. I've go a policy...don't draft RBs. I'm willing to break that policy for a seventh round supplemental pick, because it's really just a priority free agent, or, as I like to call it, "dibs". Watch some tape, you'll enjoy it.

7.255(ATL): Jeff Mathews, QB, Cornell

I keep looking around at these draft sites and not a single one of them has Jeff Mathews in their draftable range on their big boards. He's either in the 280 range or way off in the distance in the 400s somewhere. To me, Mathews is a prototypical NFL QB who could be our next Matt Schaub in a sense that we draft him late, coach him up, let him show off during the preseason, and then flip him for a 2nd round pick. Another philosophy I have about drafts is to always take a high ceiling QB somewhere between rounds 5 and 7. This is that pick.

Starting Lineups

Please note, these are only my projected starting lineups. Anywhere you see Osi, you could also put Massaquoi. Anywhere you see Babineaux, you could also put Goodman. Anywhere you see Ealy, you could also put Biermann. Anywhere you see Peters, you could also put Jerry. And anywhere you see Soliai, you could also put McCullers.

4-3 Base

LDE: Kony Ealy

LOLB: Kyle Van Noy

LDT: Jonathan Babineaux

MLB: Paul Worrilow

RDT: Corey Peters

ROLB: Sean Weatherspoon

RDE: Osi Umenyiora

3-4 Base

LOLB: Kyle Van Noy

LDE: DeAndre Coleman

LILB: Paul Worrilow

NT: Paul Soliai

RILB: Sean Weatherspoon

RDE: Corey Peters

ROLB: Osi Umenyiora

LEO Base

Sam: Kyle Van Noy

LDE: DeAndre Coleman

Mike: Paul Worrilow

3T: Kony Ealy

Will: Sean Weatherspoon

NT: Paul Soliai

LEO: Osi Umenyiora

4-2 Nickel

LDE: Kyle Van Noy

SLB: Paul Worrilow

LDT: Jonathan Babineaux

RDT: Kony Ealy

WLB: Sean Weatherspoon

RDE: Osi Umenyiora

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I believe it may be a reach to get Lynch in the 4th and i also don't see how Brandon Thomas could fall from a borderline 1st to a 7th round pick because of a torn ACL. Tank Carradine was in that same situation and was a picked in the 2nd last year. Everything that i have read says that Thomas will be picked in the 3rd or 4th round.

I love Joyner, but i don't know if he would play FS in our base or not. He definitely would play on the inside, but would be play NB over McClain in 3 WR sets? Or would McClain be the NB in 3 WR sets and Joyner only come in and play inside on 4 WR sets?

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I believe it may be a reach to get Lynch in the 4th and i also don't see how Brandon Thomas could fall from a borderline 1st to a 7th round pick because of a torn ACL. Tank Carradine was in that same situation and was a picked in the 2nd last year. Everything that i have read says that Thomas will be picked in the 3rd or 4th round.

I love Joyner, but i don't know if he would play FS in our base or not. He definitely would play on the inside, but would be play NB over McClain in 3 WR sets? Or would McClain be the NB in 3 WR sets and Joyner only come in and play inside on 4 WR sets?

Joyner is the perfect FS in Nolan's scheme, man. He can cover deep, cover man, blitz, play the run, he just does everything well and that versatility is something that Nolan absolutely loves.

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Joyner is the perfect FS in Nolan's scheme, man. He can cover deep, cover man, blitz, play the run, he just does everything well and that versatility is something that Nolan absolutely loves.

I question how much he will be able to cover deep since he did not do it at FSU, but if he could then yeah i would love to have him. I think Terrence Brooks is the one who covered deep in their defense.

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In this scenario I really hate trading back with Greg Robinson on the board, If he was gone then that would be a different story.

Robinson scares me. His pass protection is nowhere near where it needs to be, so rather than grabbing the beastly RT prospect who can run block but needs a lot of work on his pass protection at 6, I took the exact same thing at 62.

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I like the idea, but I agree most with your earliest statement. I don't like trade mocks.

Is Ealy a fit for Nolan's defense? Can he bring QB's down better than Bierman? Remember, we play quite a few mobile QB's.

Personally, we can keep it simple and draft the best player available. The second round will have very strong talent at pass rusher and OG/OT. So, we have flexibility.

Having said all of that, I think that the rumors are more than smoke. It feels like we are making a move for Clowney.

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I like the idea, but I agree most with your earliest statement. I don't like trade mocks.

Is Ealy a fit for Nolan's defense? Can he bring QB's down better than Bierman? Remember, we play quite a few mobile QB's.

Personally, we can keep it simple and draft the best player available. The second round will have very strong talent at pass rusher and OG/OT. So, we have flexibility.

Having said all of that, I think that the rumors are more than smoke. It feels like we are making a move for Clowney.

Any great athlete is a fit for Nolan's defense. Ealy can play RDE in a 4-3, DE or OLB in a 3-4, and if necessary he's able to rush from the inside in nickel situations.

I hope it is smoke. We can't afford another big trade up like that.

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I don't see the texans taking clowney at all. Or even Mack. The texans are in serious need of offense. They need a qb. The rams are on the same boat and I can see them falling for mike Evans rather than watkins. Both first round picks for them will be offensive players. Jacksonville is going qb without a doubt too. The first four picks will be offense. I can see the raiders waiting next year for qb but I can see the falcons with either Mack or clowney to pick. Sorry typing quick. Back to work.

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