NFL Draft Trades 2014: Full List of Moves and Analysis from Day 3

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

An NFL general manager's job is never done.

While most fans have tuned out the NFL draft by Day 3, plenty of front-office members were burning up the phone lines furiously working to get some last-minute trades in.

Most of the deals on Day 3 probably won't go anywhere. These are players who will struggle to make the team altogether.

Some trades, though, could cause major ripples for their respective franchises.

Here's a quick look at each of the nine trades made on Saturday.

Note: The trade info is courtesy of

The Baltimore Ravens went with Michael Campanaro with the pick they received from the Cleveland Browns. The former Wake Forest wideout is a solid slot receiver. Campanaro possesses good speed but not the kind that will blow you away.

You can't expect to get too much in the seventh round, so this was a solid pick for the Ravens.

Cleveland Browns-Baltimore Ravens Trade
Ravens ReceiveBrowns Receive
No. 218 pick in 2014Sixth-round pick in 2015

This was by far the most intriguing of the eight Day 3 trades, if only for the fact that the Tennessee Titans used the 178th pick to draft Zach Mettenberger.

Tennessee Titans-Washington Redskins Trade
Titans ReceiveRedskins Receive
No. 178 pick in 2014No. 186 pick in 2014
No. 228 pick in 2014

While Mettenberger had that minor mess at the combine, that's the kind of thing that shouldn't turn into a major issue. Not every player's as boneheaded as Josh Gordon.

With the Titans not picking up Jake Locker's option, it would seem they're not sold on him as a viable long-term starter. Mettenberger has the talent to push Locker for the starting role:

The former LSU star was pegged by some as a second-rounder, so to grab him in the sixth could be a serious steal.

The Washington Redskins took Lache Seastrunk at 186 and Zach Hocker at 228. Seastrunk could turn into a solid contributor. Washington was a good destination for him.

Shamar Stephen is a run-stopper, pure and simple. Even if that's all he does in the NFL, getting him in the seventh round was a great pull by Minnesota. The Vikings are banking on Antone Exum returning to his 2012 self. Given their problems in pass coverage, they made a shrewd move selecting the Virginia Tech defensive back.

Marquis Spruill will likely be used exclusively on blitz packages and special teams next year. He does have some potential, though, if he can improve his all-around game.

Minnesota Vikings-Atlanta Falcons Trade
Falcons ReceiveVikings Receive
No. 168 pick in 2014No. 182 pick in 2014
No. 220 pick in 2014

Nothing about Kevin Pamphile jumps off the page. He is a bigger guy, 6'5", so the Bucs may think that they can mold him into something productive. You can't blame Tampa for taking a chance like that in the fifth round.

Randell Johnson isn't much of a pass-rusher, and that's a problem for an outside linebacker. Although the Bills only spent a sixth-rounder on him, you feel that Buffalo could've done a little bit better.

Buffalo Bills-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trade
Bills ReceiveBuccaneers Receive
No. 221 pick in 2014No. 149 in 2014
Fifth-round pick in 2015

Minnesota immediately shipped the 168th pick to the Falcons.

The Vikings took a flier on Jabari Price at 225. At 5'10", Price's height will be a major limitation in the NFL.

Bene Benwikere is another shorter cornerback, but he's athletic enough to overcome his size limitations. Also working in Benwikere's favor is how smart he is on the field.

Minnesota Vikings-Carolina Panthers Trade
Vikings ReceivePanthers Receive
No. 168 in 2014 (traded to Atlanta)No. 148 in 2014
No. 225 in 2014

It's hard to see how Devin Street will demonstrably help the Dallas Cowboys. While he's a solid pass-catcher, his lack of speed and home run ability really limits his NFL potential. Maybe Street can carve out a niche as a possession receiver.

Drafting a kicker is almost always a crap shoot in the draft, so who's to say that Detroit did good or bad with Nate Freese.

Caraun Reid, on the other hand, was a nice selection. Reid is a solid player who can come on and spell the Lions' starters. For a fifth-rounder, they could've done much worse.

Detroit Lions-Dallas Cowboys Trade
Lions ReceiveCowboys Receive
No. 158 in 2014No. 146 in 2014
No. 229 in 2014

By trading up to get Brock Vereen, the Chicago Bears nabbed an instinctual safety who, while not possessing elite physical attributes, could grow into a good playmaker. I wouldn't go so far as to say that Vereen is a potential Pro Bowler, but he does have the look of a solid starter for years to come.

The Denver Broncos moved back into the fifth and nabbed Lamin Barrow. At 6'1", he's a bit undersized for a linebacker, but Barrow is a good athlete. Denver will find a place for him.

Denver Broncos-Chicago Bears Trade
Broncos ReceiveBears Receive
No. 156 in 2014No. 131 in 2014
Fifth-round pick in 2015No. 246 in 2014

The only trade involving an NFL player saw Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown and a seventh-rounder move to Buffalo for a seventh-rounder and conditional fourth-rounder in 2015.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported the various conditions regarding that pick:

Philadelphia Eagles-Buffalo Bills Trade
Eagles ReceiveBills Receive
No. 224 in 2014RB Bryce Brown
Conditional fourth-round pick in 2015No. 237 pick in 2014

Brown tweeted out his appreciation for the fans in Philadelphia:

LeSean McCoy also tweeted out words of encouragement for his former teammate:

Brown would appear to be a possible long-term replacement for Fred Jackson, who at 33, doesn't have a lot of playing years left. C.J. Spiller's rookie deal also ends after the 2015 season, so Buffalo might be hedging its bets at running back.

After the Cincinnati Bengals cut Kyle Cook, it was clear that they needed to add a center this offseason.

Marcus Martin looked like a possible target in the second round, but Cincy opted for running back Jeremy Hill.

In the fourth round, the Bengals moved up to get their man: Russell Bodine. He's exactly what they need in terms of a tough interior lineman to open up holes for the running game.

Cincinnati Bengals-Seattle Seahawks Trade
Bengals ReceiveSeahawks Receive
No. 111 pick in 2014No. 123 pick in 2014
No. 199 in 2014

Bodine struggles a bit in pass protection, but that's not as much of a problem for the Bengals at the moment. They needed to get better on the inside of the offensive line, and that's what they did by adding the former North Carolina Tar Heel.

Kevin Norwood is an interesting pick for the Seattle Seahawks. While Norwood isn't much of a home run threat, his consistency would be an asset when coupled with speedy receivers like Percy Harvin and Paul Richardson.

The Seahawks took Garrett Scott with the other pick they received from Cincinnati.


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