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The draft-pick value chart and Robinson deal

April 7, 2009 1:35 PM

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

I've been getting lots of questions in the mailbag recently about the chart that general managers go by when working on trades of draft picks. With that in mind, I thought you might want to take a look at the NFL draft-pick value chart.

Using that chart, NFC West colleague Mike Sando did the math on Monday's trade in which the Atlanta Falcons swapped wide receiver Laurent Robinson and two draft picks with St. Louis to move up in the fifth and sixth rounds of the draft.

Basically, the deal went pretty much according to the chart. I think the most interesting part of this is that Robinson was taken with the 75th overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Falcons. He had some promise, but his unwillingness or inability to block or be a physical presence over the middle soured the coaching staff on his ability.

In Sando's math, Robinson's value over two years dropped from the 75th overall pick to No. 189.

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