(If I was smarter and more patient, I might figure this out myself, but I'm not, so...)
Does anyone have a handle on the "business" situations that could/will affect our draft? I mean, less the needs position-wise, athletically, etc., and more like at which position groups do we have contracts expiring with the need to sink major money into them if we don't get young, cheap guys (rookies) soon?
I believe this is the case with the OL, with Pugh and soon Richburg and then Flowers seeking their second ($$$) contracts before you know it. (At least Newhouse was cheap.) It would sure help us from a business perspective to have 1 of our 5 OL starters on a cheap rookie contract for 4 years. I think that might trigger Lamp at #23 more than Flowers or Jerry sucking.
Maybe similar with CBs? Jenkins is on a big contract and DRC will want to be paid to stay beyond this year. Does that "make" us take a CB in early rounds even though we're fairly solid at the position? (Or is Apple our cheap guy for a while yet?)
On the other hand, with JPP and OV on great big, long-term contracts (right?), are we really likely to go DE early on?
I know I'm Captain Obvious with this "insight," but if anybody can shed light...Might be an interesting exercise to do a mock that names only the position, based on business criteria.