With the Packers already holding the maximum 12 picks in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, the odds would seem to favor seeing the Packers trade-up in one of the early rounds, in exchange for giving up multiple picks in later rounds.
Of course, with Ted Thompson, that’s only going to happen if a player he covets is unexpectedly within reach, but unlikely to last until the Packers’ next selection (ala Clay Matthews).
Coincidentally, this article comes on the heels of one by our own Thomas Hobbes on how the new CBA makes it more economically feasible to trade up.
So, using the trade value chart (those that wish to argue the relevance/accuracy of this chart should weigh in on the comments on this article, not here), lets take a look at a few trades that make sense for the Packers in Round1.
1st round trade #1:
The Packers trade their 1st (28), 3rd (90) and 4th (123) to the Tennessee Titans for their 1st (20). The trade value numbers are 849 on the Packers side and 850 for the Titans, almost a perfect match.
The Titans, holding only seven picks, look to add more depth in exchange for dropping down eight spots. The Packers, eager to add new starting-caliber talent on defense, swoop in to select Fletcher Cox, Whitney Mercilus, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick or Stephon Gilmore.
This would be a significant move for Ted Thompson, and would mean he sees a GREAT value in the guy that has unexpectedly dropped to 20. That would probably mean someone like Cox or Barron. The best part about this scenario is the packers keep their second round pick.
1st Round trade # 2:
The Packers trade their 1st (28), 4th (123) and 6th(197) to the Denver Broncos for their 1st (25). The trade value numbers are 721 on the Packers side and 720 for the Broncos.
The Broncos, with only 8 picks in the draft, increase that number to 10, while still getting one of the top 3 on their board when they would have normally picked. The Packers give up surplus picks to jump ahead of the Texans and Patriots, two teams likely looking for linebacker help.
Thus, the Packers are able to get the best linebacker still available on their board, perhaps Dont’a Hightower, who the Packers think could even convert to OLB, or Courtney Upshaw, who many feel will be dropping into the late first.
With two other 4th round picks and four 7th round picks, the Packers give up little to secure the linebacker help they need.
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Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.