here's an essence of disagreement of some... that is, how you rate need. That's thread worthy but I'll just chip in here...
So in the rate the position need 1-10 I'm assuming we're only talking about the the #15 pick. All will agree that Lane Johnson will be gone by #15. On the trade, San Diego would never trade that away. If you rated their needs LT would be far and away greater than even here. But say ya could... I'd call #75 + #144 (249pts) fair compensation. That is even a discount for the 250pts from #15 to #10. So is Lane Johnson worth your 1st, 3rd, & 5th Rd draft picks? Not for me. I think we can get guys vying for reps with that #75. Anyway back to need rating...
QB-RB-FB 0 sure
WR- big disagreement from a 7. On this team even a #15 would have to earn the reps behind Colston and Moore. So at best he's a #3 WR to start. Toon was a player discounted for injuries. He'll get a shot too. Healthy he could make Colston difficult to keep as his contract escalates.
TE dunno if it's even a 2 for a rookie
OG 0 for me, no guarantee even a Cooper or Warmack would be as good as Grubbs
RT- Xed off, could be a giant upgrade but with the logjam of RTs it makes no sense
LT- here's the trick, one of the top 3, sure a big upgrade. But the cost of only having a 4th and 6th pick afterwards seems too exorbitant for that upgrade. The next tier down all would be reaches at #15. So put whatever you want for trading up. But for who will be available at #15 the upgrade number is extremely lower. ( Anyone remember newly acquired Jason Smith was the #2 overall pick just 4 years ago?)
K- well if we're using 1st Rd this isn't even applicable. Beyond even 1st Rd I don't know of any college kicker that would immediately make it a 7 improvement.
DE I can go with 5 mostly cuz we're pretty optimistic about Jordan but don't really know what we have beyond that
NT Big disagreement here. I'd call Star a potential 9-10 upgrade over Bunkley/Hicks. Richardson 8-9 potentially.
OLB- big disagreement again. We have two guys who have never played the position and one who has started 2 games in 4 years. I consume as much black n gold koolaid as anyone around here. How anyone can be confident and assured that these three are THE answer I dunno. Believe me, I want that as deep in my soul as anyone. We know how weak the pass rush has been. In essence the expectation for that is being rested on the 2 OLBs way more than anyone else. I want to be stacked there. In a 3-4 for the two most necessary ingredients are an effective nose tackle plugging and OLB pass rush. Pour the resources there.
CB 7 is an upgrade over Robinson and White, in essence the nickel & dime spots. No #15 CB would be a sure starter over either Greer or Lewis. So for me I can see getting a CB to build on but for upgrading your #3 or 4 CB I can only say 3 or 4.
FS big disagreement again. Vacarro might be the only one who would challenge Jenkins to start. Any other at #15 would be a reach. Might they do someone? Sure. But all we can do is try to decipher our own estimation of value. That's hard enough much less trying to say they like this or that player more. On that btw, methinks the Reid talk is reading way to heavy in to any tidbits read. Smokescreens are common. Also, plenty of teams like a player. But the trick is the value where ya get them. Reid at #15 is a joke to me. Reid at #75 and I'm saying, Okay, that's a solid pick.
SS- I may go Elam & Cyprien as upgrades over Harper but would be disappointed with either at #15. So upgrade? Maybe but at the detriment of the team overall. After those two some may end up better but certainly are not surefire upgrades.