Originally posted by tjd808185:Originally posted by English:
No one, absolute no one, is a given to succeed in the NFL. Check on the number of failed first round drafted quarterbacks who have completely busted. I really don't care how good he looked last year. Incidentally, he may not even look so good this year with a new coach.
And if he does have another great year, our chances of trading up for him are zero, unless we are prepared to throw Willia, Davis and Iupati into the pot. It costs a lot to move that far up in the first round.
Reality. It's important to keep in touch with it.
Player trades are very rare and if anything we'd have to give away a boat load of additional picks. Willis, Davis, Iupati not happening. It's just not how the league works. For the most part you don't trade away players unless they wore out their welcome or if they're a backup quarterback.
We don't know that the team with the 1st overrall pick is going to have a need at quarterback. That's not a guarantee and it's also not a guarantee that Luck will want to go to a Carolina or a Buffalo. If he pulls an Eli or an Elway that organization has no choice but to trade him. Percentage of either one of those things happening certainly isn't good, but it should be noted.
The point I was making is that it is not going to happen. Player trades in this context, though, are not as rare as you imply.