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Updated: April 23rd, 2010 8:41pm
On paper, Texans got better deal than Vikings

On paper, Texans got better deal than Vikings

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- How badly did the Minnesota Vikings want Toby Gerhart?

Not only did they try to trade up even higher to land the Stanford running back, they overpaid -- at least based on the NFL's trade value chart.

According to the chart, the two picks the Vikings surrendered (Nos. 62 and 93) were worth 412 points. The No. 51 pick they got from Houston was worth 390 points.

That's a difference of 22 points -- almost precisely the value of the 18th pick in the sixth round, which the Texans still own.

Though the chart has faced criticism in recent years for being outdated, it remains a standard crosscheck for teams completing draft-day trades.

All that said, all that truly matters is how things work out for Gerhart and the two players Houston got out of the deal -- Auburn running back Ben Tate and whomever they take at No. 93.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Toby Gerhart