........a burden rather than a blessing. [I have submitted this thread to this forum instead of the 2009 Draft forum because it is a general question involving all NFL teams each year.......with more and more potential impact. If the Mods feel it would best be moved, so be it.] I've heard for many years this same concern........and each year, there are more and more teams trying to trade out of the top picks, especially the #1 pick. This year is no exception with Detroit. The top pick teams are not those one pick from a great team. They usually need several key players to make them even competitive. Once the #1 pick is paid the mind-boggling guaranteed $$$$$$$, teams limit themselves on bettering themselves through other options............yet there are no guarantees to the team that player will be immediately productive, let alone EVER! It almost appears that happless teams have more potential to be overall penalized, not rewarded with this poorly thought out system having been allowed to evolve and "escalate" into a monster. I guess their reward comes next year when they are forced back to the trough of another high pick.