Trading on draft day

April 30, 2008 |

With all the trades that took place during the NFL Draft, I thought it would be interesting to look at how these deals take place.

Many teams have preliminary talks with other teams leading up to Saturday about what they would like to do if their “guy” is not there when their turn to pick comes around.

So let’s take the Ravens and Jaguars situation for instance.

Ozzie Newsome probably called James “Shack” Harris during the week and told him what they would like to do if their “guy” is not there at No. 8, which we will say, was Matt Ryan.

So Jacksonville then says what they would be willing to give up if their guy IS there at No. 8 (their guy was Derrick Harvey).

So after the Falcons picked Matt Ryan at No. 3, the Ravens knew that they wanted to bail. I am assuming they probably waited another pick or two to see if Sedrick Ellis or Vernon Gholston were gone. Once that happened, they called Jacksonville to see if they still wanted to make a deal.

Now, once Jacksonville said they wanted to make a deal, both teams needed to call the trade desk at the NFL Draft center and submit the trade offer. Not only do they have to submit it verbally, but they have to also fax the trade offer to the person at the trade desk. That person then has to review both requests, making sure that what is being offered is what the team can offer the other, and then the trade gets approved.

There are a lot of things that have to happen in a short period of time.

You also have to hope that the team you talked to earlier in the week has not gotten a better offer or that they’re not playing poker with you to force you to give up more. You also only have the allotted time to get the deal done. There are also media rumors and teams tying up the phone lines, trying to prevent trades from happening.

Here is another angle on the trades on draft day.

When the Ravens acquired Fabian Washington, the Ravens and the Raiders still both had to call in the trade and submit it via fax. Then the league needed to make sure that Washington was under contract with them, could be traded, and also that the Ravens had enough cap space to take his contract.

I just thought it was an interesting to examine how the many trades happen on draft day.

In the grand scheme of the draft coverage, it does not get talked about enough as to how trades play out and how quickly they have to happen to be valid.