But Ballard has to negotiate the deal and decide if the compensation is within the parameters the owner laid out. The HC is NOT going to convince the owner about draft picks or contracts being worth it. He simply says that he can win now with Wentz but can't with Fields.
The draft process showed that Ballard chose Pierce over Woods, but was willing to take Woods at 53 if Pierce wasn't there. Nowhere does it suggest that frank wanted either Pierce or Woods over anybody else, or that he wanted one over the other first in order to secure him. And which player goes in which slot is totally dependent on how the draft is playing out. That's not what the HC does. Ballard knows what kind of pieces the HC wants, then goes and gets him those pieces. Yeah, they have to have collaboration on how important different pieces are and make a list of the players that fit, but which specific piece is selected where is totally on Ballard and the scouts, so which specific piece is brought into training camp and handed to the HC to coach is on the GM.