One of the more interesting mock drafts that I’ve come across of late was the one put together by Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post. He’s got the Bills trading with the Jets in round one.
The Jets move up to 11 to grab QB Josh Freeman (Kansas St.) who is zooming up draft boards according to some scouts and the Bills move down to 17 and grab TE Brandon Pettigrew. Lombardi doesn’t outline what the compensation would be, but according to the draft value chart it would cost the Jets a late second or high third-round pick.
Personally I don’t see this happening for a couple of reasons. One it’s rare that trades are made between division rivals (although the Bills trade with the Pats for Bledsoe in 2002). Second, I don’t see the Jets needing to trade up to get Freeman at 11, since all the teams ahead of them don’t need a QB (Buff, Den-unless they move Cutler, Wash., N.O., Hou., SD).
But I do like the idea of moving down to get Pettigrew. As I’ve said all along, if the Bills stay at 11, I’m opposed to taking Pettigrew because I don’t think the value is good up there. If you take a TE that high you better know he’s going to be Tony Gonzalez, otherwise you don’t take one.
Down in the 17-20 range, taking Pettigrew is a bit more palatable. Still not crazy about a TE as a first rounder, but it’s more acceptable, provided you’re able to get a guy like Cincinnati’s Connor Barwin in round 2.
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