Trade-down Patriots apparently swindled by trade-up Lions who land All-Rookie DE Da’Shawn Hand

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Patriots left with
2019 3rd Round

Lions left with
No. 114 – DE Da’Shawn Hand

Dictator’s Decree: “Your dictator rarely approves of trading up this year and giving away a better pick next year, such as the deal the Lions made with the Pats. Detroit gave up 2019’s 3rd rounder for a 2018 4th rounder, but their gamble paid off with All-Rookie DT Da’Shawn Hand. High risk, high reward.” – March 2019

Fellow residents of Trade Down Island please join me in applauding the Detroit Lions for fleecing the New England Patriots! While your benevolent dictator respects the Patriots remarkable sustained success, I’m bored of them and it pleases me when they get bamboozled. It pleases me even greater when it’s the Detroit Lions who get the better of the Evil Empire. The Pats traded the No. 114 pick (4th Rd.) in 2018 for Detroit’s No. 73 pick (3rd Rd.) in 2019, which may turn out well for them. But the Lions nailed the No. 114 with DE Da’Shawn Hand who was named to the All-Rookie team and has a bright future on a cheap rookie contract.

Trade #18.24 – Assets Exchanged
Patriots receive: 2019 3rd Round (No. 73)
Patriots receive: 2018 No. 114 (4th Rd.)

Trade #18.24 – Players Drafted & Transactions

2018 Year-End Summary
The Lions got tremendous value out of Da’Shawn Hand as a rookie in 2018 with 27 tackles and 3.0 sacks while earning a spot on the All-Rookie team. According to PFF, Hand was the Lions highest graded defensive player on the 2018 season and finished the year ranked as the No. 13 overall DI player. If you asked me, as your all-wise benevolent dictator, if I would rather have Da’Shawn Hand or the No. 73 pick in 2019, I’d take Hand in a heartbeat. Remember, because of where Hand was drafted his cap hit in 2018 was only $637k and will increase over the next three seasons to just $741k, $830k, and $920k. If he keeps playing as he did as a rookie, Da’Shawn Hand could end up being one of the overall best values from the 2018 draft.

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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