Vikings trade up in 5th for TE Tyler Conklin, Jets trade down and then keep trading for DT Foley Fatukasi and RB Trenton Cannon

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Vikings left with
No. 157 (5th) – TE Tyler Conklin

Jets left with
No. 167 – Traded No. 167 and No. 255 for No. 180 (DT Foley Fatukasi) and No. 204 (RB Trenton Carlson)
No. 255 – Traded No. 255 and No.167, see above

Dictator’s Decree: “One year removed from this trade and this isn’t a very sexy transaction. The Vikings drafted a rookie TE who caught five passes. The Jets later traded both of the picks they got in this transaction “ – March 2019

While this is Trade Down Island, I do appreciate it when teams smartly trade up in the late rounds of the draft. As I’ve outlined in TDI’s Glorious Constitution, it’s fine to trade away late-round picks to move up and get “your guy” in the 5th round or so. This is what the Vikings did by moving up 10 spots in the 5th round to draft TE Tyler Conklin who not only made the roster but played in nearly 14 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. Not bad for a late-round rookie! The Jets traded down 10 spots to pick up an extra 7th rounder, No. 225, but then traded both of these picks for other late-round picks later selections.

Trade #18.29 – Assets Exchanged
Vikings receive: No. 157 (5th Rd.)
Jets receive: No. 167 (5th Rd.), No. 225 (7th Rd.)

Trade #18.29 – Players Drafted & Transactions

See Trade #18.31 – Jets trade No. 167 (5th Rd.) & No. 225 (7th Rd.) for No. 180 (6th Rd, DT Foley Fatukasi) and No. 204 (6th Rd., RB Trenton Carlson.

2018 Year-End Summary
The Vikings traded up and got TE Tyler Conklin who was fairly productive for a 5th round rookie, appearing in all 16 games. The Jets, for their part, ended up flipping picks around until they ultimately drafted DT Foley Fatukasi (No. 180) and RB Trenton Cannon (No. 204). Foley appeared in just one game but Cannon was surprisingly productive for a 6th round pick, totaling 113 yards rushing and 144 yards receiving. When all was said and done after their rookie seasons, the Jets are probably winning this trade because of Cannon’s launching (pun intended.)

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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