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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Trading up into the third overall spot

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Eamonn asks via Facebook what it would take for the Arizona Cardinals to trade up to the third overall pick for a shot at Texas A&M pass-rusher Von Miller.

Mike Sando: We have a couple of tools to help determine price.

The trade-value chart says the Cardinals would have to part with the fifth pick, plus another 500 points worth of picks. Their second-rounder, 38th overall, is worth 520 points. According to the chart, Arizona could trade the fifth and 38th picks to Buffalo for the third overall choice and Buffalo's sixth-rounder, which is 169th overall.

We can also look back to see what other teams paid for the third overall choice:
I don't envision Arizona moving up two spots for a pass-rusher. That is easy for me to say, of course, because the percentages are against making such a move. Two teams would have to seek such a deal, then agree upon compensation -- without including veteran players in the deal, should the lockout still be ongoing.

Also, the Cardinals have not traded up in the first round since doing so twice during that 1993 draft. In addition to jumping into the third spot for Hearst, the Cardinals moved up two spots to No. 20 for Ernest Dye.