Eagles win by trading up? Philly nabs TE Dallas Goedert, Indy lands LB Kemoko Turay and RB Jordan Wilkins

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Eagles left with
No. 49 – TE Dallas Goedert

Colts left with
No. 52 – LB Kemoko Turay
No. 169 – RB Jordan Wilkins

Dictator’s Decree: “The Colts moved down just three spots in the 2nd round for an extra 5th rounder (No. 169). Late-round picks are usually low-value lottery tickets, and the Colts deserve credit for landing RB Jordan Wilkins at No. 169 as he produced over 400 yards from scrimmage as a rookie. Great value!” – March 2019

This trade didn’t seem to have much meat on the bone when it went down. The Colts moved down just three spots in the 2nd round from No. 49 to No. 52 and in return received an additional 5th round pick, No. 169. While I as the benevolent dictator of Trade Down Island am normally pleased by teams trading down, I’m also fine with the Eagles trading up like this. As I state in Article 8 of TDI’s Glorious Constitution, “Picks in Rounds 5-7 rarely yield value, so use these to trade up for studs this year or a better pick next year. If the Eagles view Dallas Goedert as a “stud” (by 2nd round standards), then by all means they should trade up to get him. The Colts, however, were able to defy the odds and turn their extra 5th round pick into a contributing rookie in RB Jordan Wilkins who amassed over 400 yards from scrimmage. Good strategy by both teams on this one.

Trade #18.13 – Assets Exchanged
Eagles receive: No. 49 (2nd Rd.)
Colts receive: No. 52 (2nd Rd.), No. 169 (5th Rd.)

Trade # 18.13 – Players Drafted & Transactions

2018 Year-End Summary
The Eagles smartly traded up and got their man in Dallas Goedert. Despite playing behind entrenched starter Zach Ertz, Goedert had a successful rookie season and could turn out to be a fixture in Philly’s offense. The trade-down Colts, on the other hand, saw Kemoko Turay rack up 13 QB hits in 14 games though his playing time tailed off toward the end of the year. The Colts RB Jordan Wilkins (their “free” player in the deal) rushed for 336 yards on a healthy 5.6 yards per carry and his cap hit will range between $540k and $810k over the life of his four-year rookie contract. Again, this trade might be win-win, but we will find out for sure in the years to come.

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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