The question is not whether Phil Emery should have drafted Shea Mclellin and Kyle Long or not, or whether they will develop into great players or not. The issue is when they were drafted in relation to where they were ranked. Why draft them at #19 and #20, respectively, instead of trading down, acquiring more picks in the process, and still getting them later? It is all about maximizing your draft position, which is essential for successful organizations.
If I am Emery, I would target Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson, Oregon MLB Kiko Alonso, San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar and Alabama C Barrett Jones tonight, and then Utah State CB Will Davis, Samford DT Nicholas Williams and TCU WR Josh Boyce tomorrow night. CBS ranks them #72, #86, #89, #100, #157, #161 and #169, respectively. In order to get all of them, we will have to make at least 2 trades tonight.
I would offer #50 and #188 to the Dolphins for #77, #82 and #146. Then I would offer Earl Bennett, Eric Weems, Craig Steltz, Sherrick McManis, #117 and our 2nd rounder in 2014 for #71, #92 and #149. I realize that there are no guarantees that the Dolphins and/or Rams accept these trade offers, and even if they do, there are no guarantees that we will get all of those players. However, I like our chances, if Phil would just go for it. A wise man once said "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained".