I'm not quite clear on why everyone is so opposed to the idea of trading up. If Shanahan decides that the future at quarterback requires the team to trade up for him, then who are we to question his judgement (remember, I did say IF)? If I recall correctly, New Orleans traded their ENTIRE draft to the Redskins to move up for Ricky Williams.
While the windfall did land the Redskins a pair of multiple Pro Bowlers -- cornerback Champ Bailey and linebacker Lavar Arrington -- there was no instant power surge. The three teams directly involved in the Williams deal, the Saints, Redskins and Chicago Bears, combined to go 110-130 over the next five years and managed a collective two playoff wins.
Even being on the receiving end of multiple picks, the Redskins did not advance by any exponential amount by having the significant influx of talent. The Saints? Well...they won the Super Bowl two years ago if I remember correctly. Discussions/ ideas of a trade up this year for either Luck or RGIII have all centered around a package that does not include nearly the bounty that New Orleans gave up and the focus is on a position that is 10 times more important that RB (especially with Shanahan's propensity for finding gems). If a franchise QB prospect can be drafted by sacrificing draft picks over the course of 2 years (3yrs if the estimate for Luck is accurate), then so be it. Unless I missed something, this team WAS a QB away from making the playoffs this year. Where we elite now, was it a super bowl team? No. The Patriots have always had a glut of picks and have routinely busted on multiple picks in a draft including 1st round picks, but they are still a quality team that has won Super Bowls. I think folks should relax about the idea of trading picks. I think there is a little too much PTSD from the Cerrato era, but I trust this regime to do what it best for the team and trading picks this one time for the most important position on the field for what we hope based on potential will be for the next 14 years is NOT a bad thing.
If I told you a team could trade it's entire draft and make the Super Bowl within the next 10 years or a team could horde a ton of picks and be on a 21 year Super Bowl appearance drought, which would you choose.