The NFL Draft is always a time for wheeling and dealing. Some trades are made before the draft even occurs and some are made the previous year and affect the draft. For a league that has a relatively boring trade deadline each year, the general managers sure get their trading fill during the draft. When you’re dealing draft picks, however, the move can always cost more in the long run. Which NFL team gave up the most in trades during the 2014 draft?
The Redskins had to keep dealing with the RGIII trade and therefore didn’t have a first round pick at all. Could have come in handy for this draft for them for sure since they had holes all over the team to fill. They were able to address some needs, but will it be enough to improve the team around RGIII or did getting him set them back too much?
The Colts’ worst move came during last season when they traded away their first round pick for Trent Richardson. That’s an awful move now because for one he didn’t contribute anything to the team last season and their first pick was the 59th overall. You have to give it to them for going for it, but just like with the Redskins, the object is to build around these quarterbacks that were drafted so highly.
In order for the Bills to take WR Sammy Watkins, they gave up their first round pick, their 2015 first round pick and their 2015 fourth round pick. This move can seriously come back to haunt them if they have another disappointing year. While it’s a lot to give up, it’s a perfectly understandable move for the team to make considering the unsettled ownership situation. The current front office needs the team to win now to keep their jobs. You have to go for it all in this season because for them it might be their last.