If you have ever wanted to know how a trade is equated during the NFL Draft, here is how.
Every pick in the NFL Draft is weighted by points, based off of the Trade Value Chart. From the first overall pick to Mr. Irrelevant, every single draft pick is rated on a point basis. Obviously, the lower the pick is, the least it is valued.
Below is a chart that demonstrates what each pick is worth. When a trade is made, general managers reference this chart to figure out what they must give up to move up in the draft.
As an example, if a team wants to move up from tenth overall to the eighth overall pick, it’ll cost them 100 points. That likely means it’ll have to trade its fourth and sixth round picks to make it work (82+23.4=105.4).
As for the Bucs, according to the Trade Value Chart, it wouldn’t be possible to move from seventh overall to the first pick. However, if they wanted to move from seventh overall to fifth overall, a difference of 200 points, it would cost the Bucs their third round pick (235 points).
In 2012, the Bucs traded their fifth overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the seventh overall pick and the 101st pick. According to the Trade Value Chart, the Bucs didn’t get full value in that trade. The Bucs drafted Mark Barron seventh overall that year.
So its worth remembering that while the Trade Value Chart is a good tool to have at your disposal, it doesn’t always mean you’re going to get equal value if a GM does make a trade.