The great thing about finishing with the 3rd pick is that you are going to have your choice of Kalil, Claiborne, or Blackmon (depending on St. Louis) as well as teams wanting to trade up IF Matt Barkley declares.
Both Washington and Miami will want him and with new ownership/head coach in Jacksonville they very well may decide that Blaine Gabbert isn't their guy.
Couple things JK... Dugan is already gone. Also, why keep Toby if we get Hillis? I'd love to pay that guy and keep Booker and trade Toby for a washing machine if we can get it. Other than that, good analysis.
I'm constantly torn between Blackmon and Kalil. Blackmon is obviously the way sexier pick, but Kalil is said to be an anchor for 10 or so years which we definitely need. I hope we are active players in FA but don't rely on it completely. I want to build through the draft.
If the bowl ban on USC is lifted I bet you could see Kalill and Barkley staying.
The bowl ban is already "lifted." They do not have a postseason ban next year. So, it is definitely possible that Kalil and Barkley return to school, especially since Kalil has already been hinting at it.
They would likely be the National Championship favorites heading into the season as well. I would still be shocked if Barkley and Kalil come back knowing that both are locks to go in the Top 10, but kids have been going back to school quite a bit lately.
If we tie for the second pick we will have a decent shot at it. The Bears are likely going to struggle down the stretch as are the Lions which would lower our strength of schedule. Meanwhile the Rams still play the 49ers, Steelers and Bengals ... all of which don't look like they are going to stop winning games.
As it stands right now, the Rams 16 game schedule is 111-81 and ours is 109-83 ... which would give us the No. 2 pick. Of course both us and them play 4 more games, as do all the teams on the schedules, but the Rams remaining schedule and ours, we could easily end up winning that tie breaker.
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