A couple weeks ago we took a look at what it would cost the Green Bay Packers to trade way up in the 2016 NFL Draft.
This week we take a look at some realistic trade partners for the Packers to move down from pick 27. While it would be frustrating to watch three hours of draft coverage Thursday, only to see the Packers wait to pick for another 24 hours, it may be in the Packers best interest to collect more picks in a draft that seems deep in a few areas where they have needs.
Teams could be targeting all sorts of different players to move into Green Bay’s selection, but they would find the most interest if a team wants to take a Quarterback. Paxton Lynch will almost certainly be gone by pick 27, but there are teams who will want to draft Connor Cook in the 1st round to get the extremely valuable 5th year option on his contract.
Here is a look at prospective teams looking to trade up for Quarterbacks and the projected compensation packages (based on the NFL draft trade value chart):
- Denver Broncos 31 (1st) and 94 (3rd)
- Cleveland Browns 32 (2nd) and 99 (4th)
- Dallas Cowboys 34 (2nd) and 101 (4th)
- San Francisco 49ers 37 (2nd), 105 (4th), and 142 (5th)
- New Orleans Saints 47 (2nd), 78 (3rd), and 152 (5th)
- Buffalo Bills 49 (2nd), 80 (3rd), and 117 (4th)
Some of those trades could be improved by the Packers including another lower round pick, and some teams may be willing to overpay a little to get the last of the high value Quarterbacks. Of course, there will be other teams looking to trade up to the get the non-Quarterback they are targeting too.
Ted Thompson was very aggressive in acquiring more pick earlier in his career, but has been more likely to keep his own picks in recent years. However, with the historic depth at defensive line, and they multiple areas the Packers need to fill on their roster, this year could be a great year to live up to the nickname “Trader Ted”.Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig