It’s shaping up to be a wild weekend of NFL Draft trades, and we’re tracking each and every deal that gets made.
Typically the NFL Draft is pretty much set in the hours leading up to the actual reading of the names at the podium. But all indications seem to point toward this being one of the wildest Drafts we’ve seen in a while, which means we might be in for more than just names sliding around draft boards.
Trades are the lifeblood of the draft, not because they make or break a war room but because fans love a trade as much as they love a cold beer on a Sunday in fall. Football, by nature, is an exciting sport and nothing is more instantly gratifying and thrilling than a trade.
One doesn’t have to look hard to read the tea leaves that NFL insiders are glancing at to predict the wildness of this year’s NFL Draft trade frenzy. So far this offseason superstar players like Davante Adams, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, and Tyreek Hill have traded places with the fates of Baker Mayfield, Deebo Samuel, and Jimmy Garoppolo still hanging in the balance. Meanwhile A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf have been consistently linked to trade rumors sending them anywhere from Green Bay to Kansas City.
Simply put, the movement this offseason has been monumental and it seemingly serves as merely an appetizer to a feast of trades that will happen over the course of the Draft’s three days this weekend.
With that in mind, we will be tracking and grading all of the NFL Draft trades that happen, as we tuck in our bib and prepare for some chaos.
NFL Draft Trades tracker: Grading every deal made this weekend
Note: All NFL Draft trades will be listed below after they have been announced and made official. Be sure to check back all weekend for the latest trade details and grades. Only trades that occur during the three-day window will be listed, no pre-draft trades will appear here.
Saints trade up to No. 11 to draft Chris Olave
Saints Grade: B+
Commanders Grade: D
We all thought the Saints were coming up for a quarterback here, but they ended up with something even better. Chris Olave is perhaps the best receiver in this year’s draft class and New Orleans didn’t even have to give up both of their first round picks to do it.
That’s where this trade falls flat for the Commanders. Washington ended up taking Penn State’s Jahan Dotson, who is good but he’s not Olave. If the Commanders were going to draft a top receiver, why not just take the top guy? To be fair, Washington compiled Day 2 picks, which are nice lottery tickets but it’s tough to love this trade on their side considering what the Saints got and barely had to give up off the top.
Lions trade up to No. 12 to draft Jameson Willams
Vikings Grade: B
Lions Grade: B-
Eagles trade up to No. 13 to draft Jordan Davis
Eagles Grade: A-
Texans Grade: B
Cardinals trade for Hollywood Brown
Cardinals Grade: C+
Ravens Grade: B+
Eagles trade for A.J. Brown in blockbuster deal
Eagles Grade: A+
Titans Trade: D+
It was rumored the Eagles were looking to get a wide receiver tonight to pair with DeVonta Smith, but they didn’t use the draft to get one. The Eagles flipped the No. 13 pick to land A.J. Brown, who is one of the best receivers in the entire league and the Titans second-best player. Philly not only traded for Brown but gave him a $100 million extension, something the Titans weren’t going to do and was a major sticking point in his holdout.
Now Jalen Hurts has Smith and Brown as weapons in his offense, in addition to Miles Sanders. It can be said, without hyperbole, that the Eagles made the best pick of the first round essentially drafting A.J. Brown with the No. 18 pick.
Bills jump Cowboys to draft Florida’s Kaiir Elam
Buccaneers trade out of first round