NFL Draft Value Board – Trade Value Chart
This Draft Insiders.com chart below displays the approximate value on each draft selection over the seven rounds of the NFL Draft. Teams use this as a guide to determine value when trading draft picks. Example – if a club wants to trade for the 34th overall pick, they will look to receive an equal total a value close to 560 points. If that club held the 54th and 78th picks that would be equal value accurately. In most incidents absolute equal value is very difficult. In addition, compensatory picks at the ends of rounds three through seven may be included in any trade agreements. Those picks will be allowed to be traded in the NFL Draft 2018. Many times the teams moving up in the draft process will pay a greater value total then the selection received because of several reasons mainly knowing the player’s availability most often with the earlier selection.
As teams trade both prior and during the NFL Draft, this chart is a good guide, though it is not the rule that clubs use to complete every deal. When certain players are available on the clock, how a select team values a prospect changes the final price they are willing to pay in a trade. Usually the club moving up during the top of the first round in the NFL Draft will pay a greater price than the chart below indicates with a specific player on the draft board, usually a QB. The chart holds up very accurately from the mid first round through the remaining rounds. Ironically, the teams trading up especially in the early rounds may benefit more in recent years despite overpaying related to the chart. Each year, some club is willing to pay a higher price to move up with several hot prospects available. This year the top 10-15 selections are high quality. The ‘Safe Haven’ selections for the NFL Draft 2018 are the defensive linemen, running backs, safeties and cornerbacks with many prospects expected to go in the top 15 overall picks. The top five defensive linemen could come off the board in the top 20 overall selections with 6-8 clubs interested. The value of the top selections will also be high for Quarterbacks. Expect little movement up in the top ten selections other than for a premier defensive lineman.