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Trading up to draft QB hasn't worked well for teams

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The Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles pushed all their chips into the middle of the table when they traded up to the top of the 2016 NFL Draft. Recent history indicates that risk won't pay off.

Over the last 10 years, there have been 10 instances of teams trading up in the first round to select a quarterback. Only two of those 10 quarterbacks -- Teddy Bridgewater and Joe Flacco -- are still starting for the team that selected him. Only three of the 10 targets could charitably be described as successful picks: Bridgewater, Flacco and Jay Cutler by the Broncos in 2006.

A trade up for a quarterback more often led to a rollercoaster ride that ultimately crashed. Johnny Manziel, Robert Griffin III, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Josh Freeman, Brady Quinn and Blaine Gabbert are a who's who of shattered expectations over the last decade.

Griffin was the only quarterback that a team traded up to the top two spots over the last decade. As the Rams know, it's usually safer to be the team acquiring the draft picks. Not the big-name signal caller.

Traded up in first round to select QB (last 10 drafts)
Year Teams QB selected Overall pick Traded with
2014 Browns Johnny Manziel 22 Eagles
2014 Vikings Teddy Bridgewater 32 Seahawks
2012 Redskins Robert Griffin III 2 Rams
2011 Jaguars Blaine Gabbert 10 Redskins
2010 Broncos Tim Tebow 25 Ravens
2009 Jets Mark Sanchez 5 Browns
2009 Buccaneers Josh Freeman 17 Browns
2008 Ravens Joe Flacco 18 Texans
2007 Browns Brady Quinn 22 Cowboys
2006 Broncos Jay Cutler 11 Rams