Raiders follow TDI’s Constitution by trading up smartly to land DT Maurice Hurst in 5th, Colts take WR Darius Fountain and WR Deon Cain

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Raiders left with
No. 140 – DT Maurice Hurst

Colts left with
No. 159 – WR Daurice Fountain
No. 185 – WR Deon Cain

Dictator’s Decree: “The Raiders smartly traded up and got their guy in DT Maurice Hurst, PFF’s #50 interior DL as a rookie. Indy only gained an extra 6th rounder for moving back 19 spots in the 5th, so that’s not great trade-down value..” – March 2019

Here are Trade Down Island we recognize players selected in Rounds 5-7 rarely yield long-term value. As such, in TDI’s Glorious Constitution we proclaim in Article 8, “Picks in Rounds 5-7 rarely yield value, so use these to trade up for studs this year or a better pick next year.” As dictator on this island I have a special seat reserved at my banquet table for teams that smartly trade down, but I’m also open-minded enough to also praise teams that smartly trade-up in the late rounds of the draft. This is exactly what Raiders did by moving up 19 spots from No. 159 (5th Rd.) to No. 140 (5th Rd.) and only costing them No. 185 (6th Rd.). The Raiders drafted a “stud” (by 5th round standards) in Maurice Hunt while the Colts got essentially no production from their two picks in 2018.

Trade #18.26 – Assets Exchanged
Raiders receive: No. 140 (5th Rd.)
Colts receive: No. 159 (5th Rd.), No. 185 (6th Rd.)

Trade #18.26 – Players Drafted & Transactions

2018 Year-End Summary
Through one season the Raiders are the runaway winners of this trade. Maurice Hurst looks like one of the best values of the draft at this point and it’s not just because of his production. It’s because of his production relative to his cap hit! The Raiders are getting above-average production from a player whose cap hit in 2018 was only $560k and by 2021 will only be $830k. Well done by the Raiders by sending away a meaningless 6th round pick to trade up for a “stud” in Maurice Hurst!

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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