Jersey Al’s Green Bay Packers NFL Draft 2010 Analysis #2- TRADE UP! All Green Bay Packers All the Time

Today I bring you the second installment in my Green Bay Packers Draft Analysis Series. In Article #1, I discussed general needs and laid out my initial thoughts on an effective draft day strategy for the Green and Gold. Based on that initial analysis, I advocated trading down to the very late first or early second round in exchange for additional picks. This would allow the Packers to address at least three of their needs (OT, CB, OLB, S, RB.) with Top-100 players.

Article #1 got some good conversation going among readers, some of whom advocated trading up, instead, to get that one special player. How realistic is that and how effective of a strategy would that be? Well, for the sake of argument, I am going to play devil’s advocate to my personal trade-down feelings, present the case for trading up, and see where that takes us.

Ted Thompson showed last year what it would take for him to pull the trigger on a trade-up. It took the #12 player on the Packers’ board dropping to pick 26. In their minds, an incredible value.

So the first thing that must be tackled (pun intended) is who would the Packers value that highly and what position do they play? For example, if the Packers just loved Alabama LB Rolando McClain, would they make a big trade-up move for an inside linebacker? Highly unlikely.

For discussion purposes, lets use the Top-20 Big Board over at

1    Ndamukong Suh,  Nebraska      DT43      DE34
2     Eric Berry,  Tennessee     FS     SS
3     Gerald McCoy,  Oklahoma     DT43
4     Russell Okung,  Oklahoma St.    OT     OG
5     Joe Haden,  Florida   CB     KR
6     Rolando McClain,  Alabama     ILB     OLB43
7     C.J. Spiller,  Clemson     RBC     KR
8     Derrick Morgan,   Georgia Tech     DE43
9     Dez Bryant,  Oklahoma St.     WRF     KR
10    Bryan Bulaga,  Iowa         OT     OG
11    Carlos Dunlap,  Florida         DE43     DE34
12    Jimmy Clausen,  Notre Dame     QB
13    Earl Thomas,  Texas         FS     SS
14    Trent Williams,  Oklahoma     OT     OG
15    Mike Iupati, Idaho         OG
16    Sam Bradford,  Oklahoma     QB
17    Dan Williams,  Tennessee     DT34     DT43
18    Anthony Davis,  Rutgers     OT     OG
19    Golden Tate,  Notre Dame     WRS     KR
20    Brandon Graham,  Michigan     DE43     OLB34

Last year, in order to move up to the #5 pick and select Mark Sanchez, the NJ Jets traded 3 players on their roster, their first round pick ( No. 17) and a second round pick ( No. 52). So the Jets basically traded 5 players for the chance to draft their potential franchise quarterback at pick #5. If Sanchez continues to improve after getting thrown into the fire and making it to the AFC Championship game, the trade will be a bargain.

But would the Jets have traded 5 players for a great defensive tackle or safety? Not in a million years. What does this have to do with the Packers? Well, since the Packers are set at QB, there would be no reason to trade up that high unless the second coming of Barry Sanders were sitting there, which isn’t the case.

Since Joe Haden and Eric Berry are likely to be top-7 picks, I mostly see only three positions the Packers could potentially target in a trade-up scenario: Running Back, Offensive Tackle, and Outside Linebacker. And again, to make the trade-up scenario work, the targeted player must have dropped to where they are an outstanding value.

That pretty much eliminates the possibility of trading up into the top ten, so I will focus on picks 11-17.  Teams holding these picks are:

11 Jacksonville  (no 2nd round pick)
12 Miami              (2nd round pick No. 43)
13 San Fran         (1st round pick No. 17, 2nd round pick No. 49)
14 Seattle             (1st round pick No. 6, 2nd round pick No. 40)
15 NYG                 (2nd round pick No. 46)
16 Tenn.               (no 2nd round pick)
17 San Fran

With Jacksonville and Tennesse not having a second rounder, it’s unlikely they would give up an early first rounder. While Miami and NY are possibilities, the best potential trade partners, both with two first round picks, are San Fran and Seattle. So lets focus on spots #13 and 14.

Which player dropping to one of those spots would raise Ted Thompson’s eyebrows enough to get him to pick up the phone and start making proposals? Lets look at some possibilities:

C.J. Spiller                  yes, absolutely, in a heartbeat
Rolando McClain    no, not for an ILB
Dez Bryant                 hard to see, but we all know Ted Thompson and receivers.
Bryan Bulaga            yes, definitely
Antonio Davis          maybe, but the value proposition is not as high.

CJ Spiller and Bryan Bulaga. If either of those two players are available at 13 or 14, what would it take to land them? Using the trade chart over at, and assuming the team trading up usually has to overpay a bit, here’s what some potential trades would look like:

San Fran trades their 1st round ( No. 13)   for Packers 1st round (No. 23) , 2nd round (No. 56), and 4th round (No. 119).

San Fran trades their 1st round ( No. 13)   for Packers 1st round (No. 23) , 3nd round (No. 86), and 2010 2rd round.

Seattle Trades their 1st round (No 14) for Packers 1st round (No. 23), 2nd round (No. 56), and 5th round (No. 150).

Seattle Trades their 1st round (No 14) for Packers 1st round (No. 23), 3nd round (No. 86), and 2010 3rd & 4th rounders

And just for fun, a different scenario where the Packers end up with two  first round picks this year:

Either SF or Seattle trade their first round pick for Packers 2nd round (No. 56), 3rd round (No. 86), 2010 1st round and 2010 3rd round.
So readers, is trading up to grab a Bulaga or Spiller something you would do? Since I am playing devil’s advocate presenting these scenarios, I will wait to hear your opinions before I say any more.  Please be sure to leave a comment and lets talk about it…


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36 thoughts on “Jersey Al’s Green Bay Packers NFL Draft 2010 Analysis #2- TRADE UP!

  1. Idaho: Thank You! Nice to see you here. I’ve heard some widely varied opinions on Iupati.

    RS: You point out the one criticism of Iupati that stands out to me too – the holding. God, we need that like we need Brett Favre on the Vikings…

    John: I think a trade-down or a stay-put is the most likely scenario. Believe it or not, if they stay put, history does not indicate they should draft an OT at that spot. I’m working on another article about that. Stay tuned…

  2. Just to clarify, our ’10 7th rounder was supposed to go to the Jets, but it was “returned” to us. So we have our normal 7th rounder back…we didn’t gain any picks.

  3. I think Iupati can be coached. He just needs a good OL coach. Well, maybe he wouldn’t be a good fit after all. :0)

    Y’know, there was this kid named Jerry Kramer -from U of I – didn’t do too damned bad. 🙂

  4. Jerry Seinfeld attended the University of Idaho???

    For real, I think Iupati is the most physically gifted guard to come out of college in years. His arms are huge, he’s strong as a bull, and has really great feet.

    But he didn’t play any worthy competition, and still held too much.

    And when he did play some good competition, he was beat, and held even more…

  5. Biggest needs are OLB and RB! If you cannot run the ball you will not win! None of the runnings backs behind Grant can really carry the load. And if you cannot protect Rodgers and he gets hurt the season is over. So these are the primary needs! CB and Safety can come later on.

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