Interesting tidbit from Peter King in his MMQB column this morning, talking about what it will cost a team to trade up to draft Andrew Luck. He interviewed Ernie Accorsi, who had been responsible for working out trades of first round QBs like John Elway and Eli Manning’s whole draft fiasco. He suggests that the price tag for Luck should start at 3 first round picks, with the 2012 first round pick being in the top 10. Remember that the trade for Eli Manning rights we for 2 firsts, a third and a fifth. So now on to what is really important, do the Vikings draft him if they wind up with the first pick?That all depends on how much time Christian Ponder is given to prove his worth this year. It is a big reason why he needs to start ASAP. Give him these 10 games, we will know what he has by then. If he is able to show any promise playing behind this offensive line, like he did last night, you keep him and get yourself up to two additional first round picks. Two things happen the more Ponder plays. Either plays really well, we see our QBoTF, and pick up a bunch of picks for the #1 overall pick or we pick Luck and trade Ponder. This pick could then be used to shore up the LT spot while also getting Luck.
If the Vikings have the #1 pick, personally I would trade it (assuming Ponder plays well, I think he will). Last year for the #6 pick in the draft the Atlanta Falcons gave up the following to draft Julio Jones. Their 2011 and 2012 first round picks, a 2011 second round pick and both 2011 and 2012 fourth round picks. Remember that is just for the #6 pick and it did not include a “sure thing” QB.
Keep ponder, trade their #1 pick to a team picking in the top 10 for 2012 and 2013 first round picks, a second in 2012 and thirds in 2012 and 2013. That would give still give us a pick in the top 10, 2 high seconds and two high thirds in 2012. 2013 would bring us with 2 1st rounders, 2 second rounders and 2 third rounders. Meaning would could drastically alter the landscape of our roster over 2 years while STILL keeping AP and JA during their primes.
What would you do? please share below (especially you mark :) )
Link to above mentioned story: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/10/16/Week6/1.html
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