Browns trade back three spots for an extra 6th and draft DE Chad Thomas, Colts land DE Tyquan Lewis

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Colts left with
No. 64 – DE Tyquan Lewis

Browns left with
No. 67 – DE Chad Thomas
No. 178 – Traded No. 178 and No. 114 for No. 105 (WR Antonio Callaway)

Dictator’s Decree: “The Browns followed TDI’s Glorious Constitution perfectly here. First, they traded back just three spots (from No. 64 to No. 67) where there isn’t any difference in the quality of available players, receiving an 6th round pick in the process. They later used the extra 6th rounder as an asset to trade up for WR Antonio Callaway. Your dictator approves of this strategy.” – March 2019

This trade has “low impact” written all over it. As the benevolent dictator of Trade Down Island, I prefer big, heroic moves that are later immortalized in a wall-sized mural. But I digress…these are the Browns, after all. In the end, the Browns moved down just three spots, from No. 64 to No. 67, and were given a sixth round pick (No. 178) for their troubles. Picks in rounds six and seven are usually almost worthless, so the Browns did well to use No. 178 to move up nine spots in the fourth round enabling them to draft WR Antonio Callaway.

Trade #18.16 – Assets Exchanged
Colts receive: No. 64 (2nd Rd.)
Browns receive: No. 67; (3rd Rd.), No. 178 (6th Rd.)

Trade #18.16 – Players Drafted & Transactions

See Trade #18.23 – Browns trade No. 178 (6th Rd.) & No. 114 (4th Rd.) for No. 105 (4th Rd., WR Antonio Callaway).

2018 Year-End Summary
After one season it’s hard to tell who is going to win this trade over the long term. This may be one to revisit after four full seasons and both Tyquan Lewis and Chad Thomas have finished playing out their rookie contracts. Lewis missed the first nine games of the season with a toe injury, but per PFF he struggled once he got on the field. But at least Thomas was on the field. Chad Thomas only played in 1.9% of Cleveland’s defensive snaps in his rookie season.

But the other asset the Browns received was an extra sixth round pick (No. 178) which they used to move up nine spots in the fourth round to draft WR Antonio Callaway. The receiver had a strong rookie season with 43 receptions for 586 yards and five touchdowns. Perhaps the biggest value from this trade will end up being the fact that it enabled the Browns to land a solid wide receiver in Gallaway. So, who won this trade, TDI faithful?

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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