NFL Draft 2012: What Will It Take For Green Bay Packers To Trade Up?

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: A general view of the stage during the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Even though the Green Bay Packers don't pick for quite a few hours ... like six hours ... the 2012 NFL Draft kicks off in just under two hours. As we mentioned earlier, Ted Thompson is willing to trade up in the draft if the right player is available for the right value. Over at JSOnline, Tom Silverstein has looked at the trade value chart and figured out exactly what it's going to take to move up to certain spots.

Most interesting to me is a big move, obviously. It's unrealistic, but this is a sports blog and its purpose is to be fun without being irresponsible. Here's the scenario to trade up to No. 15 overall.

No. 15, 1,050

No. 15, it would take approximately their first, second and third with a fourth in return.

Why is this number relevant? Because it's when Ted Thompson would have to start thinking about jumping up for Mark Barron, in the unlikely event that he falls. There are rumors that Barron could go in the top 10, and both the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 11) and Dallas Cowboys (No. 14) would be good fits. If he falls past 14, teams will be gunning for him.

The scenarios to move up to the late teens and early 20s are much more reasonable, in the event Thompson has a top-15 grade on, say, Whitney Mercilus or Chandler Jones. I still think that a trade down is more likely than a trade up, but the Packers have the arsenal to make a big move.

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