The Tennessee Titans own the highly-coveted first overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft and though all signs may point to them drafting offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil out of Ole Miss, there is still the possibility that GM Jon Robinson will use the pick to trade down in the draft if there is somebody else that he wants.
Thus, while appearing on NFL Network, former Washington Redskins and Houston Texans GM Charley Casserly offered his own take on how one should trade down in the draft.
“The first thing you do when you trade back is you decide, ‘How far are you going to go back?’ To me, there are four players I think I’d take with the first pick in the draft. (Tunsil and Bosa are two) JalenRamsey I think is worth it, and Myles Jack I think is worth it,” Casserly said. “So I’m not going to go back any farther (than No. 4) so I’m not going to lose one of those guys.”
Casserly then delved deeper into the logistics of trading the top pick, a method that involves pulling multiple strings in order to drive up the price.
“How do you create a market when there isn’t one? … No. 1, I’m getting calls. People want this pick. You keep wearing them out on that. Then you do off-the-record interviews in the cities of the teams you want to trade for, and plug the quarterbacks hard. You make them sound like they’re the second coming,” Casserly said. “The media will eat it up and they’ll start a groundswell to try to pressure the team to go get a quarterback. Then you go to the agent. The agents for the quarterbacks want them to go No. 1, so they’re going to start saying, ‘Hey, you better go to No. 1 to get this guy, or you’re not going to get him.”
Long story short, deceive, deceive and deceive some more. Robinson probably has his own method for listening to offers for the top pick, but Casserly’s is pretty intriguing. Basically plant the idea that you’re ready to deal the pick in the minds of certain teams, and then work the magic as necessary.
Needless to say, things could get quite interesting in the weeks leading up to the draft.