Patriots delay gratification by trading down in 4th, but Browns land promising WR Antonio Callaway

< Trade #18.22: MIN & TB NWE & DET: Trade #18.24 >

Browns left with
No. 105 – WR Antonio Callaway

Patritos left with
No. 114 – Traded No. 114 for 2019 3rd round pick
No. 178 – LB Christian Sam

Dictator’s Decree: “The trade-up Browns actually pleased your dictator with this move. As TDI’s Glorious Constitution states, ‘Picks in Rounds 5-7 rarely yield value, so use these to trade up for studs this year.’ Cleveland did this by sacrificing a 6th rounder to move up nine spots in the 4th for WR Antonio Callaway who put up 586 yards as a rookie. Way to get your guy, Cleveland!” – March 2019

The Cleveland Browns entered the 2018 draft looking to immediately find productive young talent to add to their rebuilding process. The Patriots entered the 2018 draft with plenty of veterans and they would once again go on to win the Super Bowl, angering your benevolent dictator. In a way this trade and the subsequent aftermath may have worked for both teams. The Browns landed a promising, productive wide receiver in Antonio Callaway. The Patriots, on the other hand, ultimately ended up trading away this year’s 4th rounder for a 3rd rounder in 2019.

Trade #18.23 – Assets Exchanged
Browns receive: No. 105 (4th Rd.)
Patriots receive: No. 114 (4th Rd.), No. 178 (6th Rd.)

Trade #18.23 – Players Drafted & Transactions

See Trade #18.24 – Patriots trade No. 114 (4th Rd.) for 2019 3rd round pick.

2018 Year-End Summary
The Browns – gasp! – clearly outwitted the Patriots in this trade when looking only at 2018. Callaway had a solid rookie season and should significantly outperform the cap hit of a 4th round pick throughout the duration of his 4-year rookie contract. The Patriots received literally zero value in 2018 from their two picks after trading No. 114 for a 3rd round pick in 2019 and losing LB Christian Sams to injury. We will need to re-visit this trade in a couple of years after Sams (potentially) starts playing and we see who the Patriots draft in the 3rd round in 2019.

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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