The wild care free days of NFL free agency are behind us. We’re mired in the dog days of league meetings. A time when rule changes and schedule leaks are the topic of the day. Before you know it though we’ll be smack dab in the middle of the NFL draft.
There will be plenty of forecasting of draft picks, mock drafts, analysis of who your favorite team should draft. Whom they should absolutely avoid. And a bunch of other topics the talking heads can come up with between now and April 25th when Roger Goodell announces the first round in Nashville.
I’m going to continue to bust the balls of the talking heads until You’re Ducking Right comes out with its own podcast, and then in fact becomes a talking head. At that point it’ll be cool
For now though we’re gonna toss out some interesting draft day trades for you to consider. Ten player for pick moves that aren’t all that far fetched when reasonably considered.
DETROIT LIONS RECEIVE PATRICK CHUNG AND PATRIOTS 7th ROUNDER (#252)
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS RECEIVE DETROIT 2019 5th ROUNDER (#146)
The Lions add another Patriot to their collection. This time a veteran for the secondary. Chung slots in with Quadre Diggs and Tavon Wilson as a safety triumvirate.
The Patriots gain a sliver of cap space, while moving up about 100 spots in the draft. Its a Belichick tradition to move on from a player a year too early, rather than a year too late. Chung and McCourty are long in the tooth. Its possible that they could draft replacements this year, or believe that they already have them in the form of Duke Dawson (there was talk of him being a safety pre-draft last year) and Obi Melifonwu.
OAKLAND RAIDERS RECEIVE LEONARD FOURNETTE
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS RECEIVE OAKLAND 2019 2nd ROUND PICK (#35)
The uber talented Fournette has not had the star studded career projected for him coming out of LSU. He was supposed to be mentioned in the pantheon of Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, Saquon Barkley and Zeke Elliott. Instead he seems to be Jacksonville’s Snoopy. Chilling out in the dog house. The Raiders have a running back crew bereft of talent (if I had to pick a lead dog in that fight next year I’d roll with last year’s undrafted rookie free agent signee Chris Warren III. The former Longhorn who spent the year on IR. And what does THAT tell you?).
This is a classic case of needing a change of scenery. Mike Mayock has seemingly been on a mission to add talent to the Raiders roster this off season. With Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams adding pop to the receiving corps, it only seems right that they add some balance with a ground game. With 3 first round picks in a draft with some stud defenders available on opening night, the Raiders could add impact players at each level of the defense, and still be able to add a potential stud with the 2nd round pick in the form of Fournette.
DALLAS COWGIRLS RECEIVE ROBERT QUINN & MIAMI’S 7th ROUNDER (#234)
MIAMI DOLPHINS RECEIVE DALLAS 5th ROUND PICK (#165)
Just a year ago the Dolphins shipped a 4th and a 6th to Los Angeles for Quinn and a 6th rounder. A year later they get a 5th back while also giving up a 7th rounder? Sounds about right given the additional year of wear and tear and the known intent of the Dolphins to move on from Quinn. Rumors persist that the Saints and Cowgirls both have interest, but the Saints don’t really have the draft capital this year.
For Dallas, their interest in Quinn is fairly well documented. With Tank Lawrence extension talks on going it seems important to add another pass rushing force as the Cowgirls believe themselves to be Superbowl contenders. The options they currently have, Taco Charlton, whose performance has not come close to matching his bad ass name, and Randy Walking Talking Suspension Gregory, are simply not stable enough to count on.
CAROLINA PANTHERS RECEIVE LAQUON TREADWELL & VIKINGS’ 6th ROUND PICK (#190)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS RECEIVE CAROLINA 5th ROUND PICK (#154)
The former first rounder Treadwell has been a monumental bust. We’re talking Pamela Anderson sized bust here. But the 24 year old (he’ll be 24 when the season starts) is still young enough that he’s going to be given another chance. That chance can’t come in the Twin Cities though. Its time for a Viking funeral.
The Panthers have lost Devin Funchess to the Colts in free agency. The receiving corps now consists of inconsistent Torrey Smith, the talented, and likely go to 2nd year receiver DJ Moore, ad last and possibly least the injury prone swiss army knife receiver Curtis Samuel. With Cam Newton out to show that last year’s down year was an aberration this could be a nice landing spot for Treadwell.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS RECEIVE DARRON LEE & JETS 7th ROUNDER (#217)
NEW YORK JETS RECEIVE THE CHARGERS’ 4th ROUND PICK (#130)
Word is that the former Buckeye linebacker is not a good fit for Gregg Williams’ defense in New York and that the Jets are looking to move on from Lee. I’m sure adding CJ Mosely to the mix has something to do with it as well. The Chargers brought back Denzel Perryman to man the inside with stud pass rushers Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa flanking him. Lee would add a layer of depth, and alternative to Perryman who only signed a 2 year deal.
For the Jets they move up nearly 100 spots in the draft back up into the 4th round. As they essentially need everything but a quarterback and tailback, they should take all the picks they can get, throw them at the wall and see what sticks.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS RECEIVE JOSH NORMAN
WASHINGTON REDSKINS RECEIVE CHIEFS 2nd ROUND PICK (#61)
Norman simply doesn’t fit the Redskins timeline. He’s a win now commodity at a position that simply doesn’t favor guys on the north side of 30. At 31 years old, and on the books for $14.5 million this year the Skins should be looking to move off this deal.
Enter the Chiefs who have freed up ample cap space with the release and trade of their pass rush duo of Justin Houston/Dee Ford. They’ve lacked an impact corner, a ball hawk since they jettisoned Marcus Peters a year ago. They need help all over the defense to assist their ready for prime time offense. Norman would be a nice step in that direction in a division that features Antonio Brown, Keenan Allen, and Emmanuel Sanders.
GREEN BAY PACKERS RECEIVE AJ GREEN
CINCINNATI BENGALS RECEIVE PACKERS’ 2nd & 6th ROUND DRAFT PICKS (#44 ¹)
Green Bay would need to re-work the contract to make the salary cap impact work, but I would expect that if they traded for Green they’d be looking to extend/re-work the contract anyways, which is the new normal for wide receivers. The upside for them is obvious, pairing AJ Green with DaVante Adams and Jimmy Graham would put Green Bay in the position of telling Aaron Rodgers that he has weapons and its time to put up or shut up. As it is, with a year of development under belts of corner duo Jaire Alexander & Josh Jackson, coupled with the fresh pass rush additions of Preston Smith with Z’Darius Smith I’m expecting a renaissance in the cheese state.
For years the public has cried out for the Cardinals to free Larry Fitzgerald so his talent wasn’t wasted in the desert. Alas, it seems that will never happen, but AJ Green is the new Fitzy. After years of mediocrity under Marvin Lewis its time for the Bengals to start a re-boot. They’ve already moved on from the extremely reprehensible Vontaze Burfict. Marvin Lewis was shown the door about 7 years too late, and in spite of the Steelers disfunction, and the Ravens defections the Bengals are now clearly the worst team in the division.
CINCINNATI BENGALS RECEIVE JOSH ROSEN & CARDINALS 6th ROUNDER (#207)
ARIZONA CARDINALS RECEIVE BENGALS 2nd ROUND PICK (#42)
Rumors are swirling this afternoon that the Cardinals have made their minds up to select Kyler Murray and that the Josh Rosen bidding has officially begun. The Chargers, Patriots, and Giants are all mentioned as landing spots.
Allegedly the asking price is a first round pick (I say allegedly, there is no doubt that the Cardinals are ASKING for a first). I don’t see the Giants giving up either of their 1st rounders for Rosen. Part of the value in a 1st rounder is the 5 years of team control. But that 5th year is an option year that will have a fairly decent price tag for a quarterback. In that, losing a year of Rosen’s rookie deal should be enough to knock the eventual cost to the 2nd round. That’s where the Bengals strike. As mentioned before its time for the Bengals to not just sit there, and bust a move. Adding Rosen to displace the Red Headed wonder Andy Dalton would clearly signal that they’re looking to do SOMETHING, ANYTHING to be significant again. Even more so than the hiring of Zac Taylor. You don’t bring over a guy who is supposed to be a wunderkid off the Sean McVay tree, only to hand him Andy Dalton.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS RECEIVE STERLING SHEPARD & GIANTS 5th ROUND PICK (#142)
NEW YORK GIANTS RECEIVE PATRIOTS 2nd ROUND PICK (#64)
Since the Giants decided to send out Odell Beckham Jr. and then sign slot receiver Golden Tate there has been the thought that Shepard may be available. Sterling is entering a contract year, and while he and Tate likely could co-exist as either has the ability to move outside, they’re both best suited for the inside. I would think the Giants know if they intend to extend Shepard or not. If its not, then netting a 80 spot jump into the 2nd round is a nice get for the Giants.
The Patriots recently have been known to make pick for player and pick trades around draft time, and most notably, they’ve been for players entering contract years (Kony Ealy, Trent Brown, and Danny Shelton all come to mind immediately). And I know it hasn’t been talked about much in New England, but the Patriots could use an influx of talent at the wide receiver position.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES RECEIVE JORDAN HOWARD
CHICAGO BEARS RECEIVE EAGLES 4th ROUND DRAFT PICK (#138)
Last but not least we have a trade where fit meets desire. Rumors have persisted all off season that the Bears were shopping Jordan Howard. Based upon his performance he is expecting a bit of a pay day. The Bears meanwhile seem content to use Tarik Cohen as the primary back in a west coast style offense, and have brought in former Seahawk Mike Davis on a manageable 2 year deal to handle the ground n pound goal line duties.
The Eagles ground game struggled when Jay Ajayi went down for the year. Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams showed glimpses. But when your anticipating deep playoff runs, glimpses is not what you’re looking for.
Many mocks have had the Eagles nabbing a running back in the first two rounds of the draft. But sending a day 3 pick to Chicago would enable them to use those picks to replenish a defense that has seen some aging and defections, especially in the front seven, an area of strength for this draft.
- Written by Jason Sullivan
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