Although I'm a huge advocate of trading down, it's unlikely to happen, or so says Peter King. First, let me point out that I acknolwedge the difficulty of doing so, as I was given a unique opportunity to act as the Redskins GM. And despite both Adrian Peterson and Brady Quinn falling to me at #6, no teams came a-callin' for a trade. Why?
The "reality" is that teams don't want to give up three picks for one pick when we're talking about kids, none of whom have played a single down in the NFL. And while there is a partial science to predicting future success at the Professional level, enough anectodal evidence -- in the form of busts -- exists to make any GM weary towards dishing out the necessary picks. Peter King outlines a number of specific reasons why teams are reluctant to trade up. Interpret all of them as individual excuses for the Redskins not to trade up:
Does this mean we're doomed to no trade downs? I hope not, as I've argued countless times that I think that's our best option. But we should recognize the difficulty of doing so. In my opinion, the best strategy is to move down bit by bit. It's difficult to ask any NFL team to part with 1,000 Draft Points in a trade, as that comes with multiple picks. But moving down two or three spots only takes up 200 to 250 points; the equivalent of a 3rd rounder. I do think that if the right guy falls to #6, than we have a much better shot of convincing a team to part with just one third rounder than we would of trying to get them anyone to dish out multiple picks. And nothing prevents us from trading down again with our new pick.