Packers trade down from No. 14 to No. 27 and gain a future 1st Rd. pick; Saints draft All-Rookie DT Marcus Davenport

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Saints ended with
No. 14 – DT Marcus Davenport

Packers ended with
No. 27 – Traded No. 27, No. 76, and No. 186 for No. 18 (CB Jaire Alexander) and No. 248 (LB Kendall Donnerson)
No. 147 – Traded No. 147 and No. 101 for No. 88 (LB Oren Burks)
2019 1st round pick


Dictator’s Decree: “Part of living on TDI is practicing delayed gratification, which the Packers did by moving from No. 14 to No. 27 (keeping their 1st round pick) while acquiring another extremely valuable 1st round pick in 2019 (No. 30). Great long-term strategy by Green Bay.” – March 2019


The Saints offense can score roughly 160 points per game (which is the IQ of Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and your benevolent dictator) so they traded up to bolster their defense with DT Marcus Davenport. The Packers, meanwhile, executed draft day trades that came right out of Trade Down Island’s constitution. By trading down from No. 14 to No. 27 they also picked up the Saints first round pick in 2019 (No. 30 overall). Green Bay then traded back up into the Top 20 and landed All-Rookie CB Jaire Alexander.

To quote Mystery Science Theater 3000, “Packers! Woooo! Go Packers! Woooo!”

Trade #18.4 – Assets Exchanged
Saints receive: No. 14 (1st Rd.)
Packers receive: No. 27 (1st Rd.), No. 147 (5th Rd.), 2019 1st round pick (No. 30)

Trade #18.4 – Players Drafted & Transactions


2018 Year-End Summary
After one season the Packers appear to have made a great move by staking their claim to a piece of Trade Down Island. After all the dust settled both teams were able to land All-Rookie players in the first round in Marcus Davenport (Saints) and Jaire Alexander (Packers). That said, the Packers were also able to pry away the Saints 2019 first round pick (No. 30), an asset that my have considerable value come draft day.

The extra 5th round pick (No. 147) the Packers acquired from the Saints was ultimately worth moving up 13 spots from No. 101 to No. 88 thanks to their subsequent trade with the Panthers. This improved draft position allowed them to draft seldom-used LB Oren Burks, so the extra fifth round pick acquired from the Saints did have some value.

The full impact of this trade won’t be felt until we know what the Packers do with their extra first round pick in 2019, but at this point Green Bay is leaving New Orleans “green” with envy over this trade. (When your dictator makes a bad pun, you are mandated to laugh!)

Vote below for which team won this draft day trade.

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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