I thought about making a post comparing Star and Jesse Williams, but because I have to leave for class in an hour, I really won't have time (I get intensely in depth in comparisons. You'll see what I'm talking about sometime).
But instead, I want to make a general point on how Talent vs. Draft Value will play an extremely important role for us. Star is a very good talent, but how far off is Jesse Williams? Off the top of my head, Williams, although he has not played as much football, boasts a VERY high potential playmaker at the NT spot, just as the same as Star is. he can contain the run very well, and has the ability to rush the QB on occasion. Kind of like Vince Wilfork. The talent vs. value between these two are from top 5 (star) to top 20 (Williams). Would the wiser choice not be to trade down here?
The depth in this draft is very good, outside of CB (lasts until the 2nd round for the most part), QB, and OL. The talent between Star and Jesse Williams (or even Hankins, Richardson, Floyd, and Jenkins to an extent) is not very far off, just like the talent between Damontre Moore/Bjoern Werner/Berkavious Mingo, is really not far off from Datone Jones, Alex Okafor, Ansah, Jordan, and Montgomery. At least not VERY far off.
Some of you may disagree, but the talent in most positions will allow us to trade down, get more picks, and still solve our needs. The talent in this draft is deep, and we do not need to spend a top 5 pick on anyone here. Trade down, even if it's not a VERY good deal (though if Geno or Joekal are there, expect a deal to be really sweet), take it because we do need more picks, and I would not worry about getting any lack of talent here.
Talent vs. Value. It's time we start drafting smart, and I hope Reggie will continue to bug other GMs about potential players he likes to entice them to trade up the the #3 spot.