NFL Draft Trades 2013: Highlighting the Best and Worst Draft Day Deals

Mike Shiekman@TheRealShiekFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Tavon Austin (R) of West Virginia Mountaineers reacts with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a jersey on stage after Austin was picked #8 overall by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Draft day trades are arguably the best part of the NFL draft and the 2013 version had more than a few of them.

There was one move into the top five and another to grab the first round’s only quarterback, among others. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots pulled off their patented trade out of the first round.

Just another exciting night at Radio City Music Hall.

Which deals can be titled the best and worst of the first two days?  Let’s take a look.

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Acquire pick No. 8 and No. 71 overall from Buffalo for No. 16, No. 46, No. 78 and No. 222 picks. Select WR Tavon Austin.


The Rams have to give away their No. 16 and 46 picks to move up eight spots, but they were already in a luxury position with two first-round picks.

Plus they were able to snag the offensive playmaker they’ve been looking for since the 2012 draft (sorry Brian Quick). Austin will provide a spark in the slot and return game, with an added bonus out of the backfield as well.

Not to mention that the Rams had to make this deal to get Austin. It was confirmed by Manish Mehta of New York Daily News late Thursday:


Sam Bradford will enjoy throwing to the West Virginia product and the Rams coach will love game planning with him on their team. With Alec Ogletree also going to St. Louis, it’s hard to argue with the Rams haul on day one.


WORST VALUE DEAL: Dallas Cowboys

Acquire picks No. 31 and No. 74 from San Francisco for No. 18 pick. Draft Travis Frederick.

Referencing the Rams deal above, it’s obvious the Cowboys forgot about Jimmie Johnson’s trade value chart.

The Cowboys dropped 13 spots and got merely a third-round selection to do it. Either Jerry Jones and Co. didn’t perform their due diligence or just took the first deal available. Either way it was a poor transaction overall.

ESPN's Ed Werder converses with fellow Cowboys' fans about the puzzling trade:

To make matters worse, the Cowboys spent that first round on a player that was considered a second rounder by all accounts.

Nevertheless, Travis Frederick heads to Big D with enormous expectations following the Cowboy’s draft day snafu.


Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report.