Originally posted by AB83Rules:
I have an issue with trading all the way up, you need to give up a boatload to get whoever. And I would rather stay pat and draft the BPA.
trading into the middle half of the 1st round honestly doesn't take a boatload unless that team really wants to hold onto teh pick. The last thing I want to do is to trade back into the 2nd to pick up extra 2nd and later rounders... although I wouldn't mind trading for a future 1st rounder. Look at the Patriots, they've traded down a ton to get extra picks and have nothing to show for it. Not to say trading down is a bad thing, but trying too hard for value isn't necessarily a winning strategy.
Look at 2009, when New England could've had Clay Matthews, Oher, Nicks, Britt. They instead trade down, got Darius Butler, and two 3rd rounders, one of which is used to draft Brandon Tate. The other 3rd rounder was traded to Jacksonville for a 7th rounder used for Julian Edelman, and and 2010 2nd rounder.
That 2010 2nd rounder and some 6th rounder was traded to Oakland for Rob Gronkowski, who's turned out to be excellent for them.
It turned out terribad for the patiots when they traded down, who lost a chance to draft an elite pass rusher, OT (which they ended up spending a 1st rounder 2 years later anyways on Nate Solder), and elite WR (which they terribly need as apparent by wasting a pick to trade for OchoCinco). Instead they got Butler and Tate who aren't even on the roster anymore (although Edelman certainly had a role).
When they traded up into higher rounds in their 2009 Jacksonville trade and later in trading up in 2010 for Gronkowski, it worked out great. The moral? If you're trading down, it's great to trade into future higher rounds, but bad to trade out when there are great prospects available, solely in the name of value.
Apologies if this post isn't that convincing and confusing... by the time I did all this research I was past the point of no return. The patriots do a lot of f**king trading.