NFL Draft Trade Tracker 2012: Grades and Analysis for Latest Deals
The 2012 NFL Draft is about to enter its third day. We have seen some crazy trades and even more eye-dropping picks.
It appears that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are intent on trading all the way through the draft and it has worked for the most part, especially with Doug Martin at the end of the first round and Lavonte David at the end of the second round.
Look for some more moves today. We had eight trades on day one and 10 trades yesterday. There promises to be more than that today.
Keep it here for updates as they happen throughout the day.
Final Team Trade Grades
Philadelphia Eagles: This is a team that traded down in the second round to acquire an extra fourth-round pick. They ended up with both Vinny Curry and Brandon Boykin by making this deal with the Green Bay Packers. Those two players fill huge voids along a previously struggling defense and represented great value where they were selected. I had both as second-round picks, Boykin ended up going in the fourth. Grade: A+
Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones and Co. literally stole the consensus No. 1 overall defensive player in the draft when they traded up with the St. Louis Rams for the sixth pick. Dallas added Morris Claiborne, while only giving up up a second-round pick to move up eight spots in the initial round. He now teams up with recently signed Brandon Carr to form an elite cornerback duo. Grade: A+
San Francisco 49ers: Let me break this down for you because it can get confusing rather quickly. In the end, after four different trades, this is what the 49ers acquired and gave up with the myriad of trades they conducted. Trent Baalke and Co. ceded their third-round pick (91) to the Indianapolis Colts. After all was said and done San Francisco acquired a sixth-round pick (Trenton Robinson) as well as a third, fifth and sixth round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. For a team without many needs this made a great deal of sense. They pretty much became Patriots' west with these deals. Grade: A+
St. Louis Rams: I understand the idea of trading out of the No. 6 slot, but I don't like the selections the Rams made in the process. Instead of grabbing Justin Blackmon with the original pick, St. Louis picked up Michael Brockers at 14. He is nowhere near ready to make an immediate impact, something that the Rams desperately need. Then they used the second-round pick, acquired from Dallas, to select Janoris Jenkins. He is a troubled prospect that needs veteran influence, something that St. Louis doesn't have, in order to succeed. Grade: D
Seattle Seahawks: They made the decision to trade out of the the No. 12 slot with the Philadelphia Eagles. Seattle then reached for Bruce Irvin, who I have a third-round grade to, in with the 15th overall pick. Talk about dropping the ball big time Grade: F
Green Bay Packers: Giving up a fourth-round pick to move up a few slots in the second round and select Jerel Worthy was a horrible decision, especially considering that Devon Still was on the board. In the end, Green Bay passed up the opportunity to draft both Vinny Curry (second round) and Brandon Boykin (fourth round). Grade: F
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected former Northwestern fullback Drake Dunsmore with the 233rd overall pick in the draft. This pick was acquired from the Houston Texans in a second round trade that saw the Bucs move back up to draft Lavonte David.
I really like this pick for Tampa Bay. Dunsmore will provide some physicality in the backfield as a lead blocker for their two headed running back monster.
I fully understand that Chris Polk has hip issues, but how he is still available in the seventh round is beyond me.
On that note, the Philadelphia Eagles just selected former Kansas State running back Bryce Brown with at 229 overall. This pick came via the Atlanta Falcons in the Asante Samuel trade.
Not much value for the former Pro Bowl performer.
The Miami Dolphins continue to get deeper and more talented at the wide receiver position here. They just drafted wide receiver Rishard Matthews from Nevada with the 217th overall pick. He is a dynamic player that should be able to come in and contribute immediately.
This pick originated from the Tennessee Titans in an earlier deal that saw the latter move up this afternoon in the fifth round.
The New England Patriots have selected talented but troubled cornerback Alfonzo Dennard with the 224th overall in the seventh round.
The Nebraska product was considered a late first-round talent prior to being arrested for assault on an officer last week. There is no doubt that he provides a tremendous amount of value here. Additionally, the Patriots have the veteran leadership and stability to help Dennard out off the field. He also fits a position of tremendous need.
This pick was acquired from the Green Bay Packers in what accounted to two different trades earlier in the draft.
The Detroit Lions have selected linebacker Travis Lewis from Oklahoma. This is a part of the aforementioned trade with the Minnesota Vikings.
Lewis was considered a top 50 pick just a calendar year ago, but struggled in 2011 and wasn't impressive in offseason workouts.
He does provide depth and a tremendous amount of upside at a position of need for Detroit. Pretty damn good value in the seventh round if you ask me.
The Minnesota Vikings have selected defensive end Trevor Guyton from California. I have the standout defensive player with a late third-round grade, which means that the Vikings got an absolute steal here.
This pick originated from the Detroit Lions in a fourth round trade earlier today.
I absolutely love what Guyton will bring to the table in Minnesota. He can play multiple positions and is stout against the run.
The Tennessee Titans have traded back into the seventh round by picking up the Minnesota Vikings 211th overall selection.
Tennessee "reached" for Rice defensive end Scott Solomon with this selection. We are getting to the point in the draft where most of the players drafted you haven't heard of.
Some background in regards to Solomon. He recorded 24 career sacks at Rice and provides the Titans with some depth along their defensive line.
It remains to be seen what the Vikings received for the pick that had originated from the Cleveland Browns in the Trent Richardson deal Thursday.
As we move onto the seventh and final round of the draft let's take a look at what happened on the sixth round.
The Washington Redskins selected running back Alfred Morris from Florida Atlantic in a pick that they acquired from the Minnesota Vikings in the Donovan McNabb trade. Already it appears that they have received the better end of the trade despite the fact that Morris wasn't on my top 250.
The New Orleans Saints selected guard Andrew Tiller from Syracuse. This pick came to them by virtue of the Reggie Bush trade of two years ago. While Bush has been an electric performer in Miami, it does appear that Darren Sproles has worked out better in New Orleans. The pick itself isn't too appealing as Tiller is another player that failed to hit my top 250.
A pair of Michigan State alums went in a row to teams that traded into the respective spots. The Miami Dolphins got a major steal in the form or wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, who I had a fourth-round grade on.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers picked up safety Trenton Robinson. He is another under the radar selection by Trent Baalke and Co. The former team captain at Michigan State will provide depth at a position of need for the 49ers. This pick originated from the Carolina Panthers in a fourth round trade.
The Philadelphia Eagles continue to dominate this draft in every possible way. They just drafted guard Brandon Washington from Miami (F), who I had a third-round grade on, with the 200th pick in the draft.
This selection originated from the New England Patriots in a 2010 draft day trade that sent Tracy White to the Patriots.
It is currently between the Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers for the best 2012 draft class thus far. Not much will change in the final round.
Here is a confusing trade for you. The Washington Redskins have selected offensive tackle Tom Compton from South Dakota with the 193rd overall pick in the draft. This selection was originally acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers when the former traded up in the fourth round to select Alameda Ta'amu.
That fourth round selection was sent to the Redskins from the Oakland Raiders for Jason Campbell during the 2010 NFL Draft.
The Redskins have the following to show for Campbell some two years after they had originally traded him to Oakland.
Keenan Robinson, a supremely gifted linebacker from Texas.
He represented tremendous value near the end of the fourth round. The aforementioned Compton does translate to being a starter in the future. He does need to put on some weight and strength in order to make an impact.
Not a bad haul for Washington.
The Denver Broncos just selected linebacker Danny Trevathan from Kentucky with the 188th overall pick in the sixth round.
The former Kentucky standout had an impressive career in college and will provide much needed depth at the linebacker position for the Broncos.
This pick was part of the deal that sent Tim Tebow from the Broncos to the New York Jets. Denver had previously added talented center Philip Blake from Baylor with a fourth-round pick, which was also part of the Tebow trade.
I love these two selections by John Elway and Co.
The New York Jets have selected Josh Bush, a safety from Wake Forest, with the 197th pick in the sixth round. This pick came from the Indianapolis Colts in a trade that sent Drew Stanton packing from New York after just a couple weeks with the team.
Obviously that deal had more to do with the Jets trading for Tim Tebow and less to do with Stanton's ability to be a good quarterback in the NFL.
In regards to Bush, not much to tell you here.
The San Francisco 49ers have selected safety Trenton Robinson with the 180th pick in the sixth round. Robinson, a team captain at Michigan State, fills a tremendous need in terms of depth at the safety position.
Todd McShay had a fourth-round grade on the talented free safety.
This pick originated from the Carolina Panthers, who traded a third rounder in 2012 as well in order to move into the fourth round to select Frank Alexander.
The Miami Dolphins have selected wide receiver B.J. Cunningham with the 183rd overall pick in the sixth round. This pick was acquired from the San Diego Chargers in a third round trade down.
The Dolphins have finally addressed the wide receiver position after pretty much dominating in the middle rounds at other positions.
I am much higher on Cunningham than most experts and believe that he has a chance to be a starting wide receiver at the next level.
Solid pick here!
The New Orleans Saints have selected guard Andrew Tiller from Syracuse with the 179th overall pick in the sixth round of the draft.
This pick was originally acquired from the Miami Dolphins in the Reggie Bush trade a couple seasons ago. The Saints are obviously attempting to get more depth and talent along the offensive line after Carl Nicks departed via free agency.
Full disclosure, Tiller wasn't even on my radar in the draft and I cannot provide any type of scouting report for you.
The Minnesota Vikings have selected running back Alfred Morris from Florida International with one of their sixth-round picks. This pick was originally acquired from the Minnesota Vikings in the Donovan McNabb trade.
Morris hasn't been on my radar and isn't included in my list of the top 250 prospects in the draft. However, far be it for me to question Mike Shanahan when it comes to selecting running backs late in the draft.
Well, the fifth round is over and we are now heading into the the final stretch of the 2012 NFL Draft. There were some curious, to say the least, trades made in that round. As I indicated before, I don't get teams wasting draft picks by trading up to select a player that would have been available at their original slot.
The Bengals got amazing value in the form of Marvin Jones with the pick originally acquired by New England in the Chad Ochoinco deal. He actually reminds me of No. 85 a great deal.
I also liked the Packers trading up for Terrell Manning in the fifth round as well. The North Carolina State product represents great value.
The Cincinnati Bengals have selected wide receiver Marvin Jones from California, who I had an early second round grade on.
This pick was originally acquired from the New England Patriots in the Chad Ochocinco trade last offseason. So, they decided just to go wide receiver to replace another at that position.
Cincinnati got an absolute steal here with Jones. They have now added Mohamed Sanu, Orson Charles and Jones to help Andy Dalton out in the passing game.
Can you say dangerous?
The New England Patriots, still attempting to compile more day three picks, have traded the 163rd pick to the Green Bay Packers.
New England receives the 197th pick as well as two seventh rounders.
The Packers select linebacker Terrell Manning from North Carolina State. He was the top rated player left on Mel Kiper's draft board. This might not be a position of tremendous need, but it does represent some tremendous value. Love the trade from both sides!
The Miami Dolphins just selected linebacker Josh Kaddu from Oregon. He is one of my major sleepers in the late rounds and provides them with tremendous talent.
This pick was acquired from the Tennessee Titans in an earlier trade down scenario in which the Dolphins picked up an extra seventh-round pick.
Extremely smart drafting here by Jeff Ireland and Co. now they just need to add a wide receiver (or three).
I am definitely not feeling some of the trades here in the fifth round. Why waste additional picks on prospects that would have been available with your original pick?
Some of these players weren't even on my radar. Heck, some of them weren't even on Matt Miller's big board. When you spend months scouting players you do have a pretty good feel in regards to value.
Of course some of these prospects might be gems, but it still doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I am talking to you Tennessee and Detroit!
The Oakland Raiders, attempting to acquire extra picks, have moved the 148th pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange for the 158th pick and a seventh rounder.
Detroit makes another questionable selection here going with cornerback Chris Greenwod from a small school called Albion, which I have never even heard of after scouting 500 plus prospects for the draft.
With the 147th pick in the draft the Buffalo Bills have selected linebacker Tank Carder from Texas Christian. This is a great fit and fills a position of need. Carder was one of my late round steal possibilities. Absolutely love the way he plays.
This pick was originally acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in the Marshawn Lynch trade.
The Tennessee Titans have traded up for the 145th pick with the Miami Dolphins, who seem to be okay with their current wide receiver group.
Tennessee picked up tight end Taylor Thompson from Southern Methodist. He wasn't even on my tight end board or list of the top 250 prospects in the draft. Can you say reach?
The Titans gave up the 155th pick and a seventh rounder to move up for Thompson, a converted defensive end.
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