Detroit Lions trade example, 2017
We are going to reference a couple of former trades to get an idea of what the cost would be. Two trades immediately came to mind, one of which didn’t work out well and another that did.
Let’s start with the one that didn’t and it involves our friends, the Chicago Bears. In 2017, they infamously traded up in the draft with the San Francisco Forty-Niners to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky second overall.
The Bears moved from pick three to pick two to secure their future quarterback. The ‘Niners wanted to draft defensive end, Solomon Thomas but were fielding offers for their pick, a chance for a team to select their choice of just a couple of top signal-callers.
The two men selected after Trubisky at the position, DeShaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, have made this trade seem horrible but it is instructive in looking at trade-up costs near the top of the draft.
The Bears paid their No. 3 overall, their third-round pick (No. 67), their fourth-round pick ( No. 111), and an additional 2018 third-round pick (No. 70). That was to move just one spot.