Falcons trade up in 6th for WR Russell Gage, Rams take DE Justin Lawler and get an extra 7th round lottery ticket

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Falcons left with
No. 194 – WR Russell Gage

Rams left with
No. 244 – DE Justin Lawler
No. 256 – Traded No. 256 and No. 197 for for No. 205 (LB Trevon Young) and No. 231 (LB Travin Howard)

Dictator’s Decree: “Players drafted in the 6th and 7th rounds rarely pan out. Please wake me up if Russell Gage or Justin Lawler ever impact an NFL game. No disrespect to those guys, but they were drafted on Day 3 for a reason.” – March 2019

While teams smartly trading down pleases your dictator, there is usualy very little to get hyped up for when the picks being traded are in the 6th and 7th rounds. Few players drafted this late go on to have meaningful careers. For rookies selected near the 200 range success is often measured by simply not getting cut in Year 1. By that standard both the Falcons and the Rams made good picks resulting from this trade. Russell Gage got some limited action in Atlanta as did Justin Lawler in Los Angeles. Not bad for a couple of young guys on veteran teams.

Trade #18.32 – Assets Exchanged
Falcons receive: No. 194 (6th Rd.)
Rams receive: No. 244 (7th Rd.), No. 256 (7th Rd.)

Trade #18.32 – Players Drafted & Transactions

See Trade #18.34 – Rams traded No. 256 (7th Rd.) & No. 197 (6th Rd.) for No. 205 (6th Rd, LB Trevon Young) and No. 231 (7th Rd., Travin Howard).

2018 Year-End Summary
This trade seemed to work out for both teams through Year 1. Your benevolent dictator would like to acknowledge both teams scouting departments for getting a combined 31 games (though mostly special teams play) from two guys drafted in Rounds 6 and 7. We will need to let a couple of years go by until we know for sure how good (or bad) Gage and Lawler will be. So for now I give the edge in this trade to the trade-down Rams since they also picked up a 7th round pick which they used as an asset in another deal, so they got some additional value there.

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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