Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Looking Back at the Trades of the 2010 NFL Draft

Best Deal: New England trading their 2nd Rounder (RB Ben Tate - missed reason because of injury) for Houston's 2nd (LB Brandon Spikes) and 5th (P Zoltan Mesko) Rounders

Worst Deal: Carolina trading their 2011 2nd Rounder (which turns out to be the 33rd overall pick) for New England's 2010 3rd Rounder (QB Armanti Edwards)

(Yes, you could make the argument that the Patriots made the best two deals, but I hate giving Bill Belichick credit.)

Most Even Deal: New England trading one of their 2nd Rounders (DE Lamarr Houston) and their 6th (LB Travis Goethel) for Oakland's 2nd Rounder (TE Rob Gronkowski)

Second Most Even Deal: San Diego traded their 1st (DE Jared Odrick) and a 2nd (LB Koa Misi) Rounders for Miami's 1st Rounder (Ryan Mathews)

Others You'll Hear About During ESPN's 57 Hours of Draft Coverage:

1) As part of the Brandon Marshall deal, Denver receives Miami's 2nd Rounder.
2) As part of the Donovan McNabb deal, Washington owes Philadelphia its 4th Rounder.
3) As part of a four-pick swap, San Diego owes San Francisco its 4th Rounder.
4) As part of the Antonio Cromartie deal, the Jets owe San Diego their 2nd Rounder.

As much as I hate to admit it, New England's 2010 Draft could be one of the greatest drafts in history. They came away with Spikes, Mesko, Carolina's 2011 2nd Rounder, Gronkowski, TE Aaron Hernandez, CB Devin McCourtey, LB Jermaine Cunningham, and WR Taylor Price.

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