Good luck trading into top spot

April, 5, 2010
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The Redskins, though presumably interested in Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, probably weren't going to trade into the No. 1 overall draft spot. Their acquisition of quarterback Donovan McNabb means we can forget about it entirely.

Might any other teams be candidates to move into the top spot for what Rams general manager Billy Devaney said would have to be a king's ransom?

The short answer: Probably not.

Any team making such a move would probably have to part with a front-line veteran player as part of a deal rich in draft compensation.

The NFL's draft-value chart says the top pick is worth 3,000 points. I think that's reasonable value relative to lower choices in a year when a quarterback appears good enough to merit No. 1 overall status.

Only four teams other than the Rams -- Tampa Bay, Detroit, Seattle and Kansas City -- have at least 3,000 points in 2010 draft capital. Each of those teams has significant needs throughout its roster and each would have to trade away most of its draft to reach the 3,000-point range (without adding a player or players to the deal).

The Bucs and Lions invested 2009 first-round choices in quarterbacks. The Chiefs acquired Matt Cassel and paid him as a starter. Seattle's acquisition of Charlie Whitehurst would not prevent the team from drafting Bradford if available, but the Seahawks would have to part with both first-round choices and their second-rounder in cobbling together 3,000 points purely on draft choices. Seattle would have no choices in the second, third or fourth rounds.

No team drafting lower than sixth overall has 3,000 points in draft capital. The Saints, Jets, Panthers and Bears have a combined 3,128.3 points in draft choices (with compensatory picks counting as zero because they cannot be traded).

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