NFL Draft Trades Tracker 2013: Grades and Analysis for Latest Deals
One year after six of the top seven picks of the NFL draft were traded, only six picks were dealt during the entire first round of the 2013 draft. Why? Well, with everyone seemingly wanting to trade back, the supply and demand might not have been balanced enough this year.
Still, we had five fairly big trades on Thursday night. Here, we break them down, along with all of the moves made for the remainder of the draft.
Dolphins Acquire No. 3 Overall Pick from Raiders, Draft Dion Jordan
The first trade of the 2013 NFL draft involved two teams many expected to come together to make a deal, but the player drafted as a result surprised everybody.
Right when everyone figured the Miami Dolphins were moving up to replace Jake Long with Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson, Miami instead took Oregon pass-rushing stud Dion Jordan with the pick it acquired from the Oakland Raiders.
This suggests that the Phins, who had 11 picks entering this draft, are confident they can find a left tackle later or elsewhere. They've been linked to Branden Albert, who was already on the trading block before the Chiefs used a top pick on an offensive tackle.
Miami swapped first-round picks with the Raiders, while also surrendering their 42nd pick in Round 2. That leaves them with an extra second-round pick to send to Kansas City for Albert, if they so choose.
Jordan has star potential, and he'd be an ideal candidate to take the baton from Cameron Wake. In the meantime, the Dolphins could have one hell of a pass-rushing duo. Throw in a veteran like Albert and it's tough to argue against this development.
It seemed to make perfect sense for the Raiders, too. Especially when Sharrif Floyd fell to the 12 spot. Many expected Oakland to draft Floyd third overall, but then Reggie McKenzie passed on him at 12 and went with cornerback D.J. Hayden instead. They lose some points for a curious secondary move.
DOLPHINS GRADE: A+
RAIDERS GRADE: B-
Rams Acquire No. 8 Overall Pick from Bills, Draft Tavon Austin
How much did the St. Louis Rams value dynamic West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin? So much that they were willing to part with four draft picks in exchange for Austin and an extra third-rounder.
That would seem to be a risky move, but the Rams had the ammunition to do so because they had two first-round picks after making the deal that gave the Redskins Robert Griffin III one year ago.
The Buffalo Bills aren't complaining. They swap this pick and third-round picks with St. Louis (dropping back eight spots in Round 1 and seven spots in Round 3), but gain a second-rounder (46th overall) as well as a seventh-rounder (222nd overall).
With that No. 16 overall pick, the Bills did what many of us expected them to do in the eight spot by taking the first quarterback of the draft. So they might have taken E.J. Manuel either way, but in this case they gain some extra picks, including a second-rounder.
Second-round picks are extremely valuable in a deep draft like this, so if the Bills weren't in love with anyone in the eight spot, this is a victory. But there is a chance Austin becomes the versatile star we saw on tape at West Virginia. And if that's the case and Manuel can become a solid starter in Buffalo, this could be a win-win.
RAMS GRADE: B+
BILLS GRADE: A
49ers Acquire No. 18 Overall Pick from Cowboys, Draft Eric Reid
The San Francisco 49ers entered this draft with 13 picks to use in order to ensure that they'd find a player to spruce up an already-superb defense. LSU safety Eric Reid was apparently their target as a replacement for Dashon Goldson, and so they sacrificed two of those 13 selections in order to move up to the No. 18 spot to draft Reid.
Some could construe the pick itself as a bit of a reach, but keep in mind that the Niners had no use for that many picks. Reid has star potential and he fills a need, while only costing them their 31st overall pick and their 74th overall pick.
And for the Dallas Cowboys, it's an extra pick. That means a lot in a deep draft. With safety Kenny Vaccaro, both of the draft's top guards and four offensive tackles off the board, there weren't a lot of obvious options in that spot for Dallas, which is why dropping back makes sense. Keep in mind that Jerry Jones only had six picks entering this draft.
49ERS GRADE: B+
COWBOYS GRADE: B+
Falcons Acquire No. 22 Overall Pick from Rams, Draft Desmond Trufant
Did the Atlanta Falcons just throw away a pair of draft picks in order to get a player they might have been able to land without making a trade?
It's possible. Aggressive general manager Thomas Dimitroff wasn't about to risk letting Desmond Trufant get away, and so he dealt away a third-round pick (92nd overall) and a sixth-rounder (198th overall) in order to move up eight spots to select the Washington cornerback.
Granted, the Falcons entered the night holding 11 picks. But when you consider that Xavier Rhodes and Jamar Taylor remained on the board as well, this move didn't seem necessary.
On the other end, the Rams already got their prize earlier with Tavon Austin. Here, a team in need of depth adds two more selections, including a valuable third-rounder. With hindsight unavailable, this looks like a victory for St. Louis.
Although something tells me Falcons fans are cool with what went down.
FALCONS GRADE: C
RAMS GRADE: A
Vikings Acquire No. 29 Overall Pick from Patriots, Draft Cordarrelle Patterson
You had to figure the New England Patriots wouldn't come out of this draft with only five new players. The Pats had only a handful of picks coming in, but that all changed with one big move late in the first round Thursday when New England dealt its 29th selection to Minnesota in exchange for four later picks.
I've mentioned how deep this draft is, which is why the move makes a lot of sense for a Patriots team that loves getting out of the top round.
The Vikings have utilized the complete opposite strategy, moving into the first round again to complete a trifecta with Tennessee human highlight reel Cordarrelle Patterson. Minnesota becomes the first team since 2001 to come out of the first round with three new players. Patterson has the ceiling to replace Percy Harvin, Xavier Rhodes could be a top corner and Sharrif Floyd was thought to be a top-five pick in the lead-up to the draft.
The Vikes still have picks in Round 4, 5, 6 and 7, so I'd say that aforementioned trio is a pretty good haul in exchange for your top three picks.
VIKINGS GRADE: A
PATRIOTS GRADE: A+
Titans Acquire No. 34 Overall Pick from 49ers, Draft Justin Hunter
The San Francisco 49ers have added yet another draft pick to their lot for this year, gaining a seventh-round pick from Tennessee as part of compensation for a second-round swap with the Titans.
They probably weren't in love with anyone in the 34th spot, and they probably don't care for that seventh-rounder much, but the key is that the Titans felt strongly enough about Justin Hunter to trade San Fran a 2014 third-rounder.
The deal makes perfect sense for the Niners, but that's a pretty steep price to pay if you're Tennessee, especially when you consider that Hunter has an injury history and is known for dropping passes. With lots of good receivers still on the board and on the Titans roster, this is a strange move.
49ERS GRADE: A
TITANS GRADE: D
Chargers Acquire No. 38 Overall Pick from Cardinals, Draft Manti Te'o
The San Diego Chargers gave the Arizona Cardinals a fourth-round pick to move up seven spots in the second round to draft Manti Te'o. According to the draft trade value chart, that's a very even deal, and considering that Te'o was considered by many to be worthy of a first-round selection, it's hard to criticize San Diego for making the move.
Arizona obviously wasn't in love with anyone in that spot, so adding a mid-round pick in a deep draft doesn't hurt.
CHARGERS GRADE: A
CARDINALS GRADE: A
49ers Acquire No. 55 Overall Pick from Packers, Draft Vance McDonald
The San Francisco 49ers didn't want to risk missing out on Rice tight end Vance McDonald, and so they traded up six spots at the end of Round 2 in order to draft a potential long-term complement for Vernon Davis.
Without knowing exactly how things will pan out for McDonald, it could be a minor win-win. San Francisco gets a small edge on the draft trade value chart by only surrendering a sixth-round pick to move up, while the Green Bay Packers get an extra pick in return. That gives Green Bay nine picks in total, which is something it certainly likes.
McDonald has dealt with major questions regarding his hands, but with so many picks in their back pocket and such a talented roster, this is a gamble the Niners can afford to take.
49ERS GRADE: A
PACKERS GRADE: B+
Ravens Acquire No. 56 Overall Pick from Seahawks, Draft Arthur Brown
This seemed like a no-brainer for the Baltimore Ravens, who are looking for new bodies to come in and help at linebacker with Ray Lewis, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe gone and Rolando McClain's future up in the air.
With Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown sliding, Baltimore didn't want to risk losing him late in Round 2, moving up six slots ahead of the Texans, Broncos, Patriots, Falcons and Packers in order to secure Brown.
The price they paid to swap pick No. 62 for Seattle's 56th Pick: A fifth-rounder and a sixth-rounder. But remember: Baltimore still has a third, two fourths, a fifth and two sixths.
It was obviously a pick the Seahawks weren't crazy about, because they actually lost out a little on the draft trade value chart, but they now have eight picks between the end of Round 2 and the end of Round 6. Makes sense for both parties.
RAVENS GRADE: A
SEAHAWKS GRADE: B+
Browns Acquire Davone Bess from Dolphins, with Picks Changing Hands
Davone Bess has had at least 50 catches and 500 yards in each of his five years in this league. The Miami Dolphins deemed him expendable, but one man's trash is another's potpourri. Essentially, the Cleveland Browns proved that on Friday.
The Browns agreed to drop down in two separate spots on the draft board in order to take Bess off of Miami's hands, surrendering the 104th overall pick for the 111th and the 164th for the 217th.
If you go off of the draft trade value chart, that means Bess is worth a fifth-round pick here. With that in mind, I'd say this deal makes decent sense for both sides. If I'm Cleveland, I'm happy to use a fifth-round pick on a guy like Bess. And Miami might have ended up releasing him anyway.
BROWNS GRADE: A
DOLPHINS GRADE: A
Jets Acquire Chris Ivory from Saints in Exchange for Fourth-Round Pick
A long-rumored trade has been finalized, with the New York Jets adding a solid veteran running back to replace Shonn Green in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
Although the Jets wanted only to give up a fifth-rounder in this spot, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, surrendering a fourth-rounder isn't something they should fret. Ivory has averaged 5.1 yards per carry during his three years in this league, and he immediately becomes a candidate to start in New York.
Take Ivory and put him in this draft and he's a second- or third-round pick, not a fourth.
The Saints don't care. They have Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram, and now an extra pick. But there's always the risk Ivory breaks out and becomes something special with the Jets, which is why New Orleans can't get a top grade here.
SAINTS GRADE: B-
JETS GRADE: A
Saints Acquire No. 82 Overall Pick from Dolphins, Draft John Jenkins
If you really like a guy and he has already slid farther than expected, then it's hard to criticize you for trading up to pick him. That appears to be what the New Orleans Saints did in Round 3, dealing two fourth-round picks to the Miami Dolphins in order to move up into Round 3 to take Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins.
According to the standard draft trade value chart, it's pretty much an even deal. That presumably means Miami wasn't in love with anyone there, while New Orleans has landed a player who could one day become a stalwart nose tackle in the Saints' 3-4 defense.
Akiem Hicks is currently penciled in as a starter in that spot, but Jenkins gives them great value here and has about 20 pounds on Hicks.
SAINTS GRADE: A+
DOLPHINS GRADE: B+
49ers Acquire No. 88 Overall Pick from Packers, Draft Corey Lemonier
In another example of a team not wanting to risk missing a sliding prospect, the San Francisco 49ers gave up one of their many late-round picks in order to move up five spots from 93 to 88 to take Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier.
According to the draft trade value chart, a move like that is worth a late-fifth-round pick, but the Green Bay Packers only received a late-seventh-rounder for the swap. That's a bit surprising, because the 216th overall selection is nearly useless. Green Bay must have liked nobody in this range, because the Pack also traded the 93rd pick they got from San Francisco.
49ERS GRADE: A
PACKERS GRADE: C
Dolphins Acquire No. 93 Overall Pick from Packers, Draft Will Davis
The Green Bay Packers continued to accumulate late-round picks by selling off late-third-rounders Friday night, dealing the 93rd pick they acquired for next to nothing from San Francisco to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a fourth-round pick, a fifth-round pick and the right to select Mr. Irrelevant in the 18th slot of Round 7 (224 overall).
Green Bay again didn't get what that pick was worth on the draft trade value chart, which is odd because this draft was considered to be strong in the second and third round. Regardless, the Pack wanted out, and they've at least added an extra fifth-rounder as a result of these moves.
Miami gets decent value, but it's still a weird deal for the Dolphins considering they've already added Jamar Taylor in the draft and Brent Grimes in free agency in attempts to replace the departed Sean Smith.
PACKERS GRADE: B-
DOLPHINS GRADE: B
Eagles Acquire No. 98 Overall Pick from Jaguars, Draft Matt Barkley
Only three quarterbacks were taken during the first three rounds of the NFL draft, but the Philadelphia Eagles had an entire night to ponder USC quarterback Matt Barkley's slide. Perhaps knowing the Oakland Raiders were looking for a QB contributed to the Eagles deciding to move up to get their man.
It's good value, both in terms of Barkley's rating as a prospect (the team had him ranked in the top 50, according to Chip Kelly) and in terms of what Philly surrendered to move up those three spots. The Eagles already had three seventh-round picks, and the one they gave up to the Jacksonville Jaguars won't be missed much.
EAGLES GRADE: A
JAGUARS GRADE: B-
Buccaneers Acquire No. 100 Overall Pick from Raiders, Draft Akeem Spence
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers must have believed Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence wouldn't have kept dropping, because the Bucs gave the Oakland Raiders a fourth-round and sixth-round pick in order to move up 12 spots in Round 4 to grab him.
The Bucs actually got a minor discount here on the draft trade value chart, so I think this was a prudent move to get a guy they like.
BUCCANEERS GRADE: A
RAIDERS GRADE: B-
Giants Acquire No. 110 Overall Pick from Cardinals, Draft Ryan Nassib
The New York Giants have moved up to make a value pick in the NFL draft, adding a quarterback many expected to be a first-round pick in Round 4.
New York is surely confident that Eli Manning can run the show for many years to come, but the Giants didn't want to risk losing Ryan Nassib to the Raiders in the No. 112 spot, so they gave up their sixth-round pick in order to move up six spots to grab an insurance policy under center.
Based on the draft trade value chart, it's a fair deal.
GIANTS GRADE: A
CARDINALS GRADE: A
Steelers Acquire No. 111 Overall Pick from Browns, Draft Shamarko Thomas
Rather than part with their 2013 fourth-round pick in order to move up and take Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas, the Pittsburgh Steelers dealt away a third-round pick in next year's draft. That indicates a team is desperate to move up and has another player on their radar in that round.
Pittsburgh paid a steep price for Thomas, keeping its 115th overall pick to grab Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones. That's an impressive duo to grab midway through the draft, but the Browns aren't complaining. Cleveland has already indicated it doesn't care for a pick in this round, and now it has added a more valuable pick in next year's draft.
STEELERS GRADE: C+
BROWNS GRADE: A
Packers Acquire No. 125 Overall Pick from Broncos, Draft Johnathan Franklin
The Green Bay Packers have been moving all around the draft board this year. Ted Thompson made his fourth trade of the draft in Round 4, sliding up 21 spots in order to take another running back.
What was the price they paid the Denver Broncos to move up from the 146th spot to the 125th spot to take UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin? An early sixth-round pick that has now been dealt four times from Philly to Cleveland to San Francisco to Green Bay to Denver.
Both picks sacrificed by the Packers here originally belonged to others. They got that 146th pick from Miami. So while they only owed Denver a seventh-rounder, according to the draft trade value chart, this deal still seems to make some sense for the Pack.
PACKERS GRADE: B-
BRONCOS GRADE: A
Seahawks Acquire No. 137 Overall Pick from Lions, Draft Jesse Williams
The Seattle Seahawks have become the latest team to trade up to grab a player sliding way down the draft board. In this case, they decided to give the Lions their 165th pick to move into the 137th spot, despite the fact they already possessed the 138th pick.
That must mean the 'Hawks were in love with two players early in Round 5, and those two players are apparently defensive tackle Jesse Williams (who many thought would be an early-round pick) and cornerback Tharold Simon.
The 'Hawks also have the 158th overall pick in Round 5, but they didn't part with that one either, which is odd on the surface. To move down 28 spots, the Lions get Seattle's 199th overall selection in Round 6, though, which actually works out as a perfectly even deal according to the draft trade value chart.
SEAHAWKS GRADE: A
LIONS GRADE: B+
Colts Acquire No. 139 Overall Pick from Browns, Draft Montori Hughes
Safe to say the Cleveland Browns don't like this draft very much. They've now traded away two fourth-round picks and two fifth-round picks, turning those unused selections into higher picks in next year's draft.
In this case, Cleveland traded its fifth-rounder to Indy in exchange for the Colts' fourth-rounder in 2014, giving them an extra third-rounder and fourth-rounder next April. The Browns have only selected two players in this draft, and they only have one sixth-round pick and two seventh-round picks remaining.
For a team that believes next year's draft will have more talent and therefore isn't panicking, this is a good way of doing things. As for the Colts, they must have really liked Montori Hughes. There isn't much more to say at this point.
Indy has just two picks remaining before Mr. Irrelevant, and now it is down a pick for 2014.
BROWNS GRADE: A
COLTS GRADE: C+
Falcons Acquire No. 153 Overall Pick from Bears, Draft Stansly Maponga
Never shy about moving up the draft board for players they like, the Atlanta Falcons gave a seventh-round pick to the Chicago Bears in order to move up 10 spots to select TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga in the fifth round Saturday.
The Bears only gained the third-to-last non-compensatory pick as compensation for the swap, which is technically a bit of a loss. But Chicago obviously didn't feel strongly about anybody there, so a deal made sense when Thomas Dimitroff came calling.
FALCONS GRADE: A
BEARS GRADE: B
Rams Acquire No. 160 Overall Pick from Texans, Draft Zac Stacy
The St. Louis Rams felt strongly enough about Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy that they traded away two sixth-round picks to the Atlanta Falcons in order to move back into Round 5 to draft him.
A bit strange when you consider that St. Louis drafted two backs in Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson last year, and both seem to have some promise. They also overpaid by just a tiny bit, according to the draft trade value chart.
The Texans obviously didn't love anyone there, and now they have four sixth-round picks.
TEXANS GRADE: A+
RAMS GRADE: C
Texans Acquire No. 176 Overall Pick from Raiders, Draft David Quessenberry
David Quessenberry kept falling and falling in the NFL draft, until finally the tackle-starved Houston Texans decided it would be worth it to trade up in order to secure the versatile San Jose State product whom many believed deserved to be a Day 2 pick.
Houston already has four sixth-round picks, but it gave up its only seventh-rounder in order to move up eight spots to take Quessenberry. Oakland probably didn't love anyone there, but you'd think the Raiders could have at least gotten one of Houston's sixth-rounders as compensation for the swap.
TEXANS GRADE: A+
RAIDERS GRADE: B-
Pats Trade No. 229 Overall Pick and Jeff Demps to Bucs for LeGarrette Blount
The New England Patriots no longer have to worry about Jeff Demps as he pursues a track career on the side. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, meanwhile, are surely just happy to get something in return for LeGarrette Blount, who had fallen out of favor in that backfield.
Blount becomes somewhat of a reclamation project in New England, and he's a player to watch because the Pats have a knack for getting the most out of veteran acquisitions. For New England, it's worth Demps and a seventh-rounder, which is essentially a throwaway and has no value on the draft trade value chart.
Because Blount has much more potential, the Pats win this deal.
PATRIOTS GRADE: A
BUCCANEERS GRADE: B+
Buccaneers Acquire No. 189 Overall Pick from Vikings, Draft Mike James
Moments after trading LeGarrette Blount to the Patriots, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a flier on a new running back, giving up a seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings in order to move up just seven spots to secure Miami's Mike James.
Unless they trade back in, that concludes the Bucs' draft. That's a smart way to use your final pick. See a guy in the sixth who you believe in? Get rid of that seventh-rounder, if possible.
BUCCANEERS GRADE: A
VIKINGS GRADE: A