Identifying the First-Round Draft Target(s)
First, let's eliminate the guys that are just not attainable (via a blockbuster trade-up) without killing the rest of our draft ... Watkins, Dennard, and even Evans.
Next, I have to question investing a first-round draft pick in boom-or-bust guys ... Marqise Lee and Kelvin Benjamin.
Narrowing it further, selecting a primo DL THIS YEAR makes no sense to me because we would have to cut Tony Jerod-Eddie, who I think has some real potential. I think that the better strategy is to go after a primo DL NEXT YEAR when Ray McDonald could be moved elsewhere to make roster room.
In my mind, then, there are two prospects that the Niners should target with a first-round pick ... CB/KR Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) or SS Calvin Pryor (Louisville).
How High Would We Have to Go?
In my opinion, Gilbert will most probably be picked somewhere in the #15 to #20 range. Likewise, it is highly unlikely that Pryor will make is past Green Bay at #21 or Philadelphia at #22. Therefore, the Niners would have to trade into the high teens to get their man.
A Little Preliminary Background
There is no doubt that the Miami Dophins are a mess ... their offensive line had zero continuity during the 2013 season, thus allowing a franchise-record 58 sacks, and it's about to get worse: At OT, Jonathan Martin is gone for sure and both late-season OT starters (Clabo and McKinnie) are well past their prime; at OG, both starters (Incognito and John Jerry) are free agents and will not be retained due to the hazing mess, Incognito has already been suspended and C Pouncey, their best OL, is about to be for his part in the hazing. Beyond that, their GM (Ireland) and OL Coach (Jim Turner) were fired and HC Philbin is on the hot seat, leaving a new first-time GM to manage the draft. Somehow, there is good news ... they have a lot of cap room. THERE MUST BE A WAY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SITUATION.
Evaluate This Trade Idea and Voice Your Pick
The Dolphins have the 19th pick in the first round of this year's Draft ... that would be good for us but not necessarily good for Miami because they can get the same primo OL targets at #30 as they can at #19, so they will end up over-drafting whoever they pick. But we can help them out:
THE NINERS TRADE PICK #30 IN THIS YEAR'S DRAFT PLUS OG MIKE IUPATI TO THE MIAMI DOLPHINS IN EXCHANGE FOR PICK #19 AND OT JONATHAN MARTIN.
With Pick #19 the Niners select CB/KR Justin Gilbert or SS Calvin Pryor ... voice your pick.
Jonathan Martin competes with Marquardt and Bykowski for the backup swing tackle position.
With Pick #30 the Dolphins select OG David Yankey (Stanford), OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (UCLA) or OT Morgan Moses (Virginia).
Mike Iupati completes his rookie contract with the Dolphins then signs an affordable big-dollar extension.
What do you think? Doable? Equal value? Is it a win/win? Who do you take at #19?