Daily Dr. Roto — April 23, 2019
3 Need-To-Happen Draft Day Trades
The NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday and teams will be wheeling and dealing trying to make trades to either move up or move back to help fix their rosters. Here are three trades that should be made on draft day to help their respective teams.
1. Washington Redskins trade #15 overall and 2020’s first-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for #9 overall.
Why does this make sense? The Redskins desperately need a QB, and unless they want to trade for Josh Rosen, there is a good chance that Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones, and Drew Lock might all be gone by pick 15. The Bills already took their QB last year in Josh Allen, and now they need to secure as many good players as in they can to add depth to their roster. By moving back to 15, Buffalo can still add another DE/LB to their roster and help the team by adding a first-round pick in 2020’s draft.
2. Detroit Lions trade #8 pick overall and a 2020 first-round pick to the Tampa Bay Bucs for #5 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Why does this make sense? 2019 looks like the year of the tight end, but there clearly is one tight end which is far and away better than the rest. Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson is an immediate starter in 2019 for the right team. The Lions have a huge hole at tight end and signing Jesse James from Pittsburgh is not quite good enough. The Jaguars desperately need a tight end for new QB Nick Foles to throw to and Hockenson is right in their sights at pick #7. If the Lions want to get their man, they will have to jump over the Jaguars for sure. As for the Bucs, new head coach Bruce Arians is enamored with LB Devin White, and there is still a good chance that he can get him at #8 while still helping the team get another first-rounder.
3. New York Jets trade #3 overall to Green Bay for #12 and #30 and a 2020 3rd round pick.
Why this makes sense? Just as some teams want to move up in the draft to get players that are high on their radar, other teams want to move down to acquire more picks and add depth to their roster. The Jets have openly said that they are ready to do business at pick #3 and dealing with the Packers might make sense. The Packers have a QB, a good young corps of wide receivers, and have spent a lot of money on fixing their defense in free agency. However, a DL like Quinnen Williams could be a generational type of talent who could help the Packers defense in a very competitive NFC North. There is no way the Packers could get a quality player like Williams at 12 or 30, so this is the best chance that they have to get him. The Jets, on the other hand, need to fill as many holes as possible. Adding two first rounders and a third rounder next year will allow them to address some gaping holes on offense and defense.