Okay, so it's only two trades. The ol' bait & switch title. Let me start this by saying that its my belief we should trade down & take Phil Taylor in the first round. With us switching to a 3-4 this year were going to need a stud NT. The only veteran NTs that we might find in free agency are going to be 30+ year old players past their prime or injury prone players that another team finally gave up on. Stud NTs are like franchise QBs & CBs, they dont come along everyday & teams dont just let them walk. Im not saying we shouldnt try to pick up a veteran NT, just dont expect him to be the long term answer. I know that Wade doesnt run a traditional 3-4, but the glue that makes a 3-4 so effective is a Dline that can control the line of scrimmage. As of this moment, we dont have a DT that commands a double team when he steps on the field. Thats 5 against 3. If our 3 only tie up 3 of their 5, then that leaves two 300+ lb linemen to help the RB & TE pick up any blitzing defenders. I think well lose in that instance. Okay, lets get to it. Im proposing two different trades that I think could happen if the stars align just right. Trade #1 San Diego sends picks #18 (1st) & #50 (2nd) to Houston for pick #11. San Diego has two 2nd round picks. Thinking that Minnesota will select J.J. Watts at #12, they trade with us & select him at #11. Thats 1250 pts given by Houston & 1300 pts given by San Diego. Houston selects Phil Taylor at #18. Trade #2 Houston thinking that Brooks Reed will be selected late in the first calls New England & gives them picks #42 (2nd) & #73 (3rd) in exchange for picks #28 (1st) & #124 (4th). Thats 715 pts given by Houston & 708 pts received. We might have to throw in another mid to late round pick next year, if they want a bigger discrepancy in points. With pick #28 Houston selects Brooks Reed. The rest of the draft is as follows. I'm assuming we get a 7th round pick for the loss of Dunta, so 7b is that pick. 1a) Phil Taylor (NT) Massive player that is extremely strong & quick on his feet. Demands a double team to keep him out of the backfield. Has good lateral movement for a man his size & can collapse the pocket. 1b) Brooks Reed (OLB) If Justin Houston slips to this spot, he will be the pick here. Reed has a non stop motor & good quickness off the snap. Hes very strong & relentless with a closing burst. Good instincts & a reliable tackler. 2) Quinton Carter (SS/FS) I struggled with choosing Carter or Davon House (CB) here, but chose Carter due to his versatility. Carter will be projected as our starting SS, but he can play FS & slide over to CB to fill in on CB blitzes. He has excellent speed to stick with receivers & very good recovery/closing speed. He brings the wood when he tackles & has good hands for the interception. 4a) Chris Culliver (FS/CB) Culliver has been a relative unknown until just recently. Hes a CB with 4.36 speed that has been converted to FS. He has good instincts, size & is rarely out of position. Has a nice closing burst, good hands & is a reliable open field tackler. 4b) Stephen Burton (WR) Excellent speed (4.38) at 61 224lbs., soft hands & very strong. He had an excellent 10 yard split of 1.46. He could make a very nice compliment to AJ as our #2 WR. He has experience as a kick returner as well. 5) Ryan Jones (CB) Jones runs a 4.42 forty & has shown improvement every year. He was ninth in the nation last year with 6 INTs & 13 PBUs & he was 5th in the nation with 19 passes defended. His level of competition is questionable, but his ballhawking skills are not. Hes also a very good special teams player. 6) Mario Harvey (ILB) Harvey is a tackling machine & well be lucky if hes still on the board at this pick. Hes got great speed (4.43), great instincts, excellent strength & plays very physical. He has a knack for getting to the QB & is a very good tackler. His pass defense skills are questionable. 7a) Zack Williams (C) Williams has good strength & speed. He adds depth to the line & can be groomed to take over center in a year or two. 7b) Mario Addison (OLB) Very quick, athletic & tough player. He played most of last year in a cast after he broke his hand. Hes a non stop guy with very good technique, but needs to work on his pass defense skills as well as adding more moves to his pass rushing skills. Let me know what you think.