Originally Posted by TriplecHamp
It can also be looked at the other way around. You can go ahead and trade for two firsts in a deep draft and hold out that in later rounds you get good talent. Im in between. Im willing to part ways with one or two of the seconds if its the right guy (McClain, or a slipping Haden)
I've thought about this and I think it's possible to trade up for McClain without giving up massive quantities of picks.
The Pats have the 22nd pick right? Let's say Mcclain drops to 11. And the Pats want to take him. Miami picks at #12 and we don't really want him to get away to them and it is less likely they want to trade to improve the Pats. But our good old friend Josh McDaniels is picking at #11. I think he would be quite interested in moving down and picking up more draft picks.
What does Trade Value chart say in this situation?
Ok the chart says that pick #11 is worth 1,250 points.
Pick #22 is worth 780 points. And pick #47 is worth 430 points. That's a total of 1210 points.
Draft Countdown - Trade Value Chart
So that's roughly equal value. Josh McDaniels is happy because he gets more shots in this year's draft to restock his team and we are happy because we got our guy.
But let's say we want more picks after that? We could trade down with any of our remaining 2nd round picks and pick up say a 3rd this year and a 2nd next year, etc. There are lots of options because the Pats have so many picks.
I don't think it 'breaks' our draft to move up for McClain, that is if BB believes that McClain is worth it. Remember that he also traded up for Ty Warren as well as Daniel Graham so the precedent does exist.