Fans in Los Angeles, Nashville, Cleveland and Philadelphia are buzzing about the two blockbuster trades that went down recently that has turned the 2016 NFL Draft upside down. Tennessee had the #1 pick in the draft until last week when L.A. jumped up from #15 and took it with a boatload of picks. Today the Eagles up from #8 in a similar deal that now has them picking second in the Brown’s old spot.
With both deals now done a lot of people are wondering who got the best deal. Was it the Titans or Browns? Lets’ break it down.
By trading down 14 spots from #1 the Titans got,
15th pick in the first round in 2016
43rd pick in second round in 2016 (2nd round)
45th pick in second round in 2016 (2nd round)
76th pick in third round in 2016 (3rd round)
1st round pick in 2017
3rd round pick in 2017
By dropping six spots the Browns received,
8th pick in 2016 Draft (1st round)
79th pick in 2016 Draft (3rd round)
100th pick in 2016 Draft (4th round)
1st round pick in 2017 Draft
2nd round pick in 2018 Draft
Let’s plug in some players who are projected to go in those spots to see how the deal looks when it has been fleshed out. This is going on the belief that neither team will trade back up or down which is always a possibility, especially with the Titans new GM Jon Robinson.
Eli Apple DB Ohio State-15th pick in the first round in 2016
Keanu Neal Safety Florida-43rd pick in second round in 2016 (2nd round)
Germain Ifedi OT Texas A&M-45th pick in second round in 2016 (2nd round)
Pharoh Cooper WR South Carolina-76th pick in third round in 2016 (3rd round)
The Titans need help in the secondary and could address it with their first round pick and the first second round selection they received from the Rams. They could add some depth and potential future right tackle in Ifedi from Texas A&M. Cooper from South Carolina is a good prospect at receiver who could be brought in and groomed to become a starter in 2017.
Myles Jack LB UCLA-8th pick in 2016 Draft (1st round)
Braxton Miller WR Ohio State-79th pick in 2016 Draft (3rd round)
Dak Prescott QB Mississippi State-100th pick in 2016 Draft (4th round)
If Jack slides to #8 he would become a playmaker on the defense who can get some pressure on the QB in Cleveland. Braxton Miller is a raw receiving prospect who has tremendous upside. It also doesn’t hurt that he played at Ohio State and will sell come jerseys in the Browns’ Pro Shop. Prescott is one of the most intriguing QB prospects in the draft. He had a tremendous career at Mississippi State playing against and having a lot of success against those tough SEC defenses with little help around him.
In my opinion the Titans came out on top in their deal but depending on how bad Philadelphia and Los Angeles are we won’t really know who came out better until the end of the 2016 season. Should the Eagles finish 5-11 and wind up with a top ten pick that now belongs to Cleveland it’s arguable that the Browns did better than Tennessee as long as the Rams finish around 8-8 like they usually do and pick around the middle to latter part of the draft.