1.) The 2013 Draft is weak in talent.
Yes it is generally agreed that the QB position is weak this year with 1st round talent. And some believe that in general the 1st Round OL talent availability is average.
But the DL talent level is considered generally strong this year.
How you as a team view a draft’s relative strength is how you view the talent available at the positions you identify a need at.
2.) That making trades in draft positions is the exception and is not very common
According to the NFL, last year almost 50% of the eligible draft picks were the result of position trades. And that 50% were the trades that were agreed to, there are no figures that I can find on trade offers that were not agreed to.
Two picks were traded multiple times.
The traded picks in the first round alone- 2,3,4,5,6,7,12,14,15,21,25,27,29,31
3.) Our 8th position choice has little trade value, since the talent is so weak this year
The saying goes “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. If a team has targeted a particular position or a particular player as someone they think will improve their team, if that player they really want is available at Number 8, an intelligent, professional GM will always at least consider the possibility of trading up for them. It does not matter how much or how little talent there is available at positions a team does not feel they have in need for, it only matters if the talent or the player they have a position of need for is available.
What I have a need for is of high relevance to me. I may strategically care about choices another team makes when choosing before me when selecting positions/players I don’t feel a need for. But that is because the domino effect of their choices may affect other team’s choices before me and may ultimately affect my options. Ultimately, I am more concerned with the available choices/players/positions that can fill MY needs.
Edited by simpleman, 26 January 2013 - 09:47 AM.