The Minnesota Vikings sent four draft picks to the New England Patriots for the 29th-overall pick in order to select Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the 2013 NFL Draft.
It sounds like a hefty price to pay, but in reality it wasn’t.
According to the draft value chart used by NFL teams to determine trade value of draft picks, the price was just about right.
The Pioneer Press did the math:
The Patriots surrendered the 29th overall pick, worth 640 points, Thursday, April 25. In return, the Vikings reportedly gave up picks in the second round (52nd overall, worth 380 points), third round (83rd overall, worth 175 points), fourth round (102nd overall, worth 92 points) and seventh round (229th overall, worth 2.5 points).
That adds up to 649.5 points.
Technically, the Patriots fared better by 9.5 points. And why the Vikings had to throw in the last of their three seventh-round picks seems odd.
Keep in mind that the draft value chart represents a typical draft. This year’s draft is supposedly deep through the mid rounds, according to draft analysts.