Updating The NFL Draft Trade Value Chart

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Published: April 9, 2009


... The Cowboys manipulated the draft with remarkable efficiency.

As other teams picked up the concept the chart began to lose its value. Part of the problem is the trade value chart has remained a constant over the years.

While the chart varies slightly from team to team it but has not varied from year to year.  Two major considerations have not been taken into account.

First, the economics of draft picks has changed drastically over the years. The value of picks at the top of the drafts have diminished as the salary cap costs have risen.

For example, the number one overall pick in the 2008 draft, Jake Long, received a contract making him one of the highest paid offensive tackles without ever playing a down. The salary cap era also increased the value of the later round picks as well because those players are less expensive than veterans.

Secondly, the players at the top of the draft only hold a lofty value if the players availabl...

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