So, you want to trade first-round picks?
April, 25, 2012
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
NFC West teams hold the sixth, 12th, 13th and 30th overall choices in the 2012 NFL draft.
The potential for trading those picks adds intrigue to the draft.
With a big assist from AdamJT13, I've put together a chart showing trades since 2000 involving the first-round slots NFC West teams currently inhabit.
The first row shows the trade current St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead helped engineer while with the Atlanta Falcons last year.
The Falcons sent to Cleveland the 27th, 59th and 124th choices, plus first- and fourth-round picks in 2012, for the sixth overall choice. Snead's Rams grabbed the sixth pick in the 2012 draft from Washington earlier this offseason.
San Francisco 49ers fans should check out the second-to-last row. It shows Philadelphia moving up from 30th to 15th overall, a big jump forward. The 49ers hold the 30th overall pick this year (the Eagles used that 15th pick for Jerome McDougle).
Those moves were particularly dramatic. But as the chart shows, most of the moves involving the picks in question appeared more straightforward. That's a subject I addressed in the video above. Thanks again to AdamJT13. He does great work.
Arizona Cardinals fans hoping their team lands a tackle at No. 13 should recall the move San Francisco made in 2010. The 49ers held the 13th pick that year. They moved up two spots to select tackle Anthony Davis. That trade cost San Francisco the 113th overall choice. The Cardinals hold the 112th pick this year, but they do not have a second-rounder, so moving up might not appeal to them.
The 49ers also set a potential precedent for Seattle, which holds the 12th overall pick. Back in 2000, the 49ers traded back four spots to No. 16 and still came away with a future Pro Bowl pass-rusher, Julian Peterson.