MOBILE, Ala. – Former Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson created a famous draft-pick trade value chart in the early 1990s that long has been used as a guide for trading picks.
The No. 1 overall pick is worth 3,000 points. The No. 16 pick is worth 1,000 and the No. 28 pick is worth 660. The Bills' picks at Nos. 21 and 22 are worth 800 and 780 points respectively. The No. 100 pick is valued at 100 points and continuing.
So when making trades, some general managers consult the chart to see whether the points for what they are giving add up to the points for what they are getting.
Various updates have been made to the chart over the years, including one by Harvard students, football analytics experts and many others.
Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said the Johnson chart still is widely used as a guide.
But he said it all depends on supply and demand. If there's great demand to move up, the cost rises.
"There's so many charts," Beane said. "The problem is people have come up with their own charts, when you call on draft day, especially. They say, 'Well, we're using this.' I think the baseline is still the Jimmy Johnson.
"Everybody has their own value. At the end of the day, anything that's for sale, it's only for sale if somebody is willing to move it. I know there's going to be all these hypotheticals of 'this is how the Bills can do this and what it could take.' But you have to have a partner. If we decided that it was worth moving up there. Even if you want to move to two or three or four or five, whatever number it is, they have to be willing to do it."