Green Bay Packers Mock Draft: Trade Down Then Up

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Green Bay Packers Mock Draft: Trade Down Then Up
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Jordy Nelson may go down as one of the best "trade down" picks in many years. Will the Packers trade out of the first this year?

In general manager Ted Thompson's tenure, he's played every angle of draft strategy.

From trading up to land Clay Mathews in 2009 in what many thought was a costly move (more than most trade charts would suggest) at the time, to trading down for wideout extraordinaire Jordy Nelson in 2008, Thompson is envied league-wide for his roster.

Though the Packers could very well stay put and land another quality player, this mock takes some creative license by envisioning a trade down out of the first round.

Using a basic trade chart, the approximate value of the Packers 28th pick is 660 points.

With this in mind, this scenario posits that the Packers could find a trade partner to trade out of the first round with the Seattle Seahawks for the 44th pick in the second round (worth 460 points).  With 220 points remaining, it works out well to envision the Packers also receiving the Seahawks' third-rounder (76th player in the draft, worth about 210 points).

Thus, the Packers' picks after this trade would look like this (asterisks denote trade with Seahawks):

  • Second (44th pick)*
  • Second (60th)
  • Third (76th)*
  • Third (92)
  • Fourth (124)
  • 4a (compensation pick)
  • 4b (comp)
  • Fifth (156)
  • Sixth (188)
  • Seventh (from Jets)
  • 7a
  • 7b (comp)
  • 7c (comp)

Since Thompson isn't in a re-build mode (obviously), he won't necessarily want MORE picks.  Thirteen total picks is a ton, so this is where the "trade up" portion comes into play...

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