As the draft approaches and the pre-draft rumor mill spins like the Tasmanian Devil on Adderall (after all, half of all cartoon characters take it), it’s important from time to time to widen the lens.
Plenty of trades are expected tonight. In the back of the first round, there’s an important reason for that.
While all draft picks now must sign four-year rookie deals, first-round picks can have their rights tied up for a fifth year. That makes the bottom of round one more attractive, especially for a team that lands a quarterback.
Earlier today, we mused about the possibility of the Ravens and Jaguars flip-flopping the 32nd and 33rd picks. We mentioned it primarily as a way to help Jacksonville ensure that they won’t be jumped by another team in round two. But even if the Jags don’t fear being leap-frogged, they may want to trade up to 32 in order to get whichever quarterback they’re targeting for five years instead of four.