Thursday, January 31, 2013
More on Flynn's trade value
By Tim Kavanagh
Earlier this week, our John Clayton opined that the Seattle Seahawks could get a third- or fourth-round pick back in exchange for QB Matt Flynn. This promises to be a big story up through the draft at the end of April, and we've got some more analysis of just what they could get for the LSU product.
A caller to 710 AM ESPN in Seattle suggested a trade sending Flynn to Jacksonville, with the two clubs switching their second-round picks; Clayton indicated in response that this seems reasonable as long as the pick exchange was valued as much as a third- or fourth-rounder. The draft value chart isn't totally accepted doctrine by every NFL team, but it is a guide of sorts. Via the chart, we see that a swap between the Jags' second-rounder (No. 33 overall) and the Seahawks' (No. 58 overall) would be equal to 260 points, which happens to be the value of the Jags' third-rounder (No. 66 overall).
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times has more. Looking back over past trades involving backup QBs headed to new teams to potentially become their starter, the pricetag of a third-round pick (plus some other concessions at times) seems to be the going rate. So the idea of the Jags swapping picks with the Seahawks fits in to that narrative, as does another team (Buffalo, Kansas City, the Jets, Philadelphia, etc.) sending their third-rounder over.