NFL Draft Trade Season is Here!
By: Jason Gold
Everything was calm on the NFL Draft front until Friday morning when the entire league decided to trade like a desperate dynasty owner trying to go for it all at the trade deadline.
There was not one but TWO massive deals completed by lunch time on Friday, the first of which saw the San Francisco 49ers jump squarely into the Quarterback conversation by acquiring the 3rd overall pick from the Miami Dolphins.
Here is the first deal, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Shortly thereafter, the Dolphins made a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles to move back up to the 6th overall pick.
Here are the details on that deal, per Schefter:
Let’s take a look at these deals team by team, starting with the 49ers….
San Fransisco 49ers
Acquired: No. 3 pick
Dealt: No. 12 pick, 2022 third-round pick, 2022 and 2023 first-round picks
For the 49ers this was the cost of acquiring their future star QB. The team has clearly had enough waiting around for Jimmy Garappolo to be healthy and they believe Kyle Shanahan can groom a young QB into a star.
Yes, the price is steep. But they get to reset their cap hit with a rookie QB and move on from Jimmy G after the 2021 season. The question now is whether the 49ers brass likes Trey Lance, Justin Fields or Mac Jones at No. 3 overall. Zach Wilson and Trevor Lawrence are almost guaranteed to be off the board.
The 49ers could have played out their title window waiting on Jimmy G or they could have gone after Sam Darnold. However, they clearly are in love with one of the three above options. It’s an all-in type of move.
Acquired: No. 6 pick, 2023 first-round pick, 2022 third-round pick, No. 156 pick
Dealt: No. 3 pick, No. 123 pick
The Dolphins continue to gobble up draft capital while also becoming a very competitive team in the short term. Miami turned an expiring left tackle in Laremy Tunsil into the No. 3 pick, which now has turned into the No. 6 pick, a third rounder in 2022 and a 2023 first rounder.
This give the Dolphins incredible flexibility. If they want to go after DeShaun Watson, no other team can present the sort of offer that they can. If they want to stick it out with Tua Tagovailoa, they have the capital to build an incredible team around him.
By trading down to No. 12 and then up to No. 6, the Dolphins basically didn’t lose much value when it comes to whom they could select in the first round. They were likely going to take a receiver or a tackle at No. 3 and now with QB’s going 1-2-3 most likely and potentially 1-4, the Dolphins are picking from the same group of players: OL Penei Sewell, TE Kyle Pitts, WR Ja’Marr Chase or WR DeVonta Smith.
This was an A+ deal for Miami.
Acquired: No. 12 pick, 2022 first-round pick, No. 123 pick
Dealt: No. 6 pick, No. 156 pick
This part of the deal is intriguing given that a QB may have been in play for the Eagles and there are rumors that the team was interested in BYU QB Zach Wilson. However, with this deal Philly is clearly saying that Jalen Hurts is their QB for the foreseeable future.
The Eagles were well positioned to grab Kyle Pitts, Ja’Marr Chase or DeVonta Smith if they stayed at No. 6. With the trade down they will certainly be out on Pitts and Chase. If Smith fell to them at No. 12 this trade would look glorious in retrospect. Of course, they now have a bit more capital to trade up to get Smith if they wanted.
Getting a 2022 1st rounder from Miami is a nice add, but that pick figures to be in the 20’s somewhere. It’s good value, but not incredible value. Again, it all depends on whom they’re able to get at No. 12. The Eagles clearly see themselves in a bit of a rebuilding mode, so getting more picks is always a good strategy. You may not hit on every one, but the more swings you take the better the chances that you hit one out of the park.