This time of year all mock drafts start to have the same appearance, especially towards the top. If I were to compile a "average mock draft" I would guess that it would look something like this:
Of course there is always on-going debate but I feel that this is about as accurate of a prediction as any. So lets assume it is how the actual draft plays out. Now its Cleveland's turn.Here Cleveland is, seconds away from a dream come true; drafting Peterson to solidify what could arguably be one of the best secondaries in the league for the next decade. But wait one minute, put your dreams on hold and hear me out.
Does Peterson bring the biggest benefit to Cleveland? I say no. The best possible benefit to Cleveland in this years draft would be to find the answer to the WR problem. A No. 1 WR that takes pressure off Hillis to open up the running game and gives fire power to McCoy to open up the passing game brings more benefits than allowing fewer passing yards with a strong secondary. Pure and simple, in the WCO a strong offence is the best defense. If we want Holmgren/Heckert/Shurmur to do his best it has do be done their way, and thats offensively.
We could end up reaching for Jones at 6 and hope he can fill our WR needs. However, wouldn't it be so much better if we trade down a few spots and grab another pick in the mean time? Essentially we could use Peterson as leverage and basically trade him for Jones plus a pick.
I think Peterson is enticing enough that there maybe teams willing to trade up to grab him. Would you be willing to pass Peterson for Jones plus a pick? Do you think Holmgren/Heckert/Shurmur would make the trade?
I would, but I might just be infatuated with Jones.