But having the need or desire to trade up and trading up are not the same. For them to become the same we would need a trading partner.
Who are our possible trading partners?
1.) New England
We trade our first pick next year for the 33rd pick this year. I am aware that most would object vehemently against this trade, but it still makes sense to me as we with no doubt have to get at least one QB this year. Our options are either getting one in the first or second round. I think New England would love this trade.
2.) New England
We trade first round pick to New England for pick # 17, pick # 60 in the second, and pick # 70. This trade has problems. We would have to reach to take QB at 17. We would not get the top corner or OLB that we would get with pick # 7. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, I do not think New England would be willing to make the trade.
3.) New Orleans
We trade for pick #24. We draft Andy Dalton or Colin Kaepernick. The question that lurks is: What do we give the Saints? They only have six picks in the draft ( and two of those are in the 7th round) and they have a whole passel of free agents. So, they clearly could use the picks. I think that we would have to give our 2nd and 3rd rounds picks this year plus a second next year. The price might be high, but we get a QB.
We trade second round picks (our 45th for their 36th) and we give them our 3rd round pick (#76). With the 36th pick, we could probably get Colin Kaepernick, but I am pretty sure that Dalton would be gone. If you like the kid from Nevada, and I do, this is a good trade.
Any way, these are some of the trades that I can envision.
To be honest and to subject myself to ridicule, I have to say I like the first trade the best.
[ Edited by buck on Apr 3, 2011 at 11:56 PM ]