The Cleveland Browns made just one draft day trade and earned an unspectacular “C-” grade from your benevolent dictator. All teams start with an average “C” grade and then need to impress me in order to move up. The Browns didn’t give up a ton to move up for Greedy Williams, but it was a bit of an overpay.
One of the misconceptions about the residents of Trade Down Island is that we never advocate trading up. That’s simply not true. Our mantra is to smartly make trades throughout the draft and this on occasion can mean moving up. As I state in Article 8 of TDI’s Glorious Constitution, “Picks in Rounds 5-7 rarely yield value, so use these to trade up for studs this year or a better pick next year.” That’s exactly what the Browns did here. So why the C- grade? Let me explain.
First, the No. 144 pick is an early fifth round selection coming just six picks after the fourth round ended. The fifth round goes all the way down to No. 173, so there is a pretty big difference between an early fifth and a late fifth.
Second, the Browns simply overpaid. I would’ve liked to see them pull off this trade with a sixth round pick, not an early fifth. They only moved up three spots from No. 49 to No. 46. By comparison, the Chiefs moved up five spots later in the second round from No. 61 to No. 56 and gave up No. 167. It’s not a franchise-altering move for the Browns to give up the No. 144 pick since Greedy was “their guy”, but it feels like a slight overpay, hence falling from the default “C” grade to a “C-“. But kudos to Cleveland for landing a player they were clearly targeting at that point in the draft. Not bad.
Overall the Browns net trade rating is a -4 based on the Dallas Draft Value Chart, meaning they traded away a fraction more draft capital than they got back in return. I agree, but it’s nothing for the Browns to lose sleep over.