To be honest this would make more sense if we were trading the 31st pick. Jacksonville is the most likely team to take a QB at the top of round 2. After that you have the Eagles (possible, but not a strong likelihood they take a QB there), then the Lions and Bengals before the Cards. So there are other trade partners in round 2 to jump the Cards. I think teams are really going to be looking at jumping Jax though...
That said, I would trade the 31st to a team drafting in the middle of the second round (Bills go up for Barkley/Glennon to jump Jax hypothetically) for next year's first. That's only a 600 point loss this year for a pick that's potentially worth ~1500 next season. I'm sure we'd get some compensation in this draft too. I understand that the "meat" of this years class is 20-50 but you can't tell me that the 31st pick this year is going to be anywhere near worth the 5-15th pick in next year's draft, which is widely considered to be a superior class, and one which has the potential for 2-3 QBs to be drafted in the first 5-10 picks. Some elite position players are going to fall to where I envision the Bills/Jets will be picking. Losing out on Jesse Williams for the potential to draft Clowney (if God shines upon us), or Marqise Lee, Sammy Watkins, Stephon Tuitt (a real heir to Justin), or a top corner is a dream we should seriously, seriously consider, if not make strides to turn into a reality.
I think we are all getting spoiled with the amount of picks we have in this year's draft. Even if we trade our 1st rounder this year we are going to be able to add 3-4 quality players to an already loaded roster. Anyone we draft at 31 and 34 is not an "elite" prospect. Why draft ONE MORE quality role player, when we have the opportunity to trade into next years draft and nab an impact/star caliber player that's only going to make a couple mil per season. The way the new CBA is set up, there's no better value for adding players than at the top of the draft. You can get elite, game changing players for 1/8th of their market value. Especially with Baalke's proven eye for talent, I would love love love to see him drafting in the top third again.
[ Edited by 2Legit2Quit on Mar 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM ]