Bengals trade down in 2nd and land All-Rookie S Jessie Bates and LB Malik Jefferson, Chiefs move up for DE Breeland Speaks then take LB Dorian O’Daniel

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Chiefs left with
No. 46 – DE Breeland Speaks
No. 100 – LB Dorian O’Daniel

Bengals left with
No. 54 – S Jessie Bates
No. 78 – LB Malik Jefferson

Dictator’s Decree: “Cincinnati moved back eight spots from No. 46 to No. 54 and still landed All-Rookie safety Jessie Bates. In return they also moved up 22 spots in the 3rd round from No. 100 to No. 78. The Bengals should be roaring about this deal!” – March 2019

Kudos to the Cincinnati Bengals for living the TDI life and pleasing your benevolent dictator! The Bengals traded down just eight spots in the 2nd round from No. 46 to No. 54, a section of the draft where talent is essentially equal. But in return Cincy was able to move up 22 spots in the 3rd round from No. 100 to No. 78 where better talent should be available. This move is right in line with Article 6 of TDI’s Glorious Constitution, “Picks No. 61-100 yield roughly the same production, so aggressively trade back from the mid-second round into the third round. After trading back to No. 54 Cincy then went on to draft All-Rookie safety Jessie Bates! The Bengals definitely had the eye of the tiger on this trade.

Trade #18.12 – Assets Exchanged
Chiefs receive: No. 46 (2nd Rd.), No. 100 (3rd Rd.)
Bengals receive: No. 54 (2nd Rd.), No. 78 (3rd Rd.)

Trade #18.12 – Players Drafted & Transactions

2018 Year-End Summary
The Bengals traded down to No. 54 and still landed the best player among the group through one season in safety Jessie Bates. He started all 16 games, racked up 111 tackles, and landed on the All-Rookie team. He was the No. 12 rated safety by Pro Football Focus. But the Bengals got very little value from the No. 78 pick LB Malik Jefferson. Now, shifting to the Chiefs, they deserve credit for landing two rookies who both appeared in all 16 games on one of the league’s best teams. They got some value from both Speaks and O’Daniel, but I don’t think their quantity is better than the quality the Bengals got in Bates.

Notes on statistics:
1. Approximate Value(“AV”) and Snap Counts (“Snap”) per Football Reference.
2. Snap Counts only list offensive and defensive snaps. Special teams snaps are excluded.

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