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pakowitz 04-14-2004 12:22 AM

The draft picture is complicated
The draft picture is complicated

By Pat Kirwan Senior Analyst

(April 13, 2004) -- For the longest time, the NFL was known as the league of little-to-no trades, but trading during the draft is back in style. Why has the philosophy about trading changed? Why are there close to 30 trades recorded in this draft from transactions last year, and why will there surely be more action this year?

Most teams usually make "inquiries" as creatures of habit, but this year there seems to be a lot more potential deals with a realistic chance of them getting done. But don't expect to hear too much about trades until Draft Day itself. Here are the forces at work pushing along the new appetite for draft trading:

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