Greetings from Your Benevolent Dictator

Welcome, friends, to Trade Down Island!

Since you are voluntarily living on my tropical paradise it is important we get to know each other a bit. First, I am a dictator, and I make no apologies for this. I am solely responsible for all of the content on this site, hence the impeccable insights and adept analysis.

In order to reside on Trade Down Island you must follow TDI’s Glorious Constitution, adhere to my infallible decrees, and never displease me. Things that displease me and are forbidden at TDI include profanity, crude humor, and even the slightest hint of using sports to address political or social issues. If the intersection of sports and society are your thing, you are not welcome here. Mention politics or divisive social issues here and your fate will be similar to trial of General Zod.

I have created this tropical paradise for fellow draft nerds like myself who understand the value of smartly trading down in the NFL draft. I appreciate each of you as my citizenry who make this place a haven for the intellectual football fan and I welcome you with open arms.

If you wish to contact me, you can do so at TDIdictator@yahoo.com.

Here is a brief history of my rise to power:

The Otah Outrage – 2008
In 2003 I moved to North Carolina and immediately adopted the Carolina Panthers as my team. That very year the “Cardiac Cats” made their inspiring Super Bowl run behind Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith, only to fall to the New England Patriots. Life was good on the island until the Panthers went 7-9 in 2007 and the seeds of rebellion began to sewn. Then, amidst the tumult, GM Marty Hurney made an entry in the annals of infamy through a trade known as The Otah Outrage. He traded up to No. 19 to take OT Jeff Otah by trading away Carolina’s 2nd round pick (No. 43), 4th round pick (No. 109) and the Panthers 2009 1st round pick (No. 28). Otah’s career would last just 29 injury-plagued games. I was positively incensed by this draft day trade as were many other Panthers fans on our beautiful island. Knowing my countrymen’s indignation needed to be channeled, I assumed leadership by marshaling our forces and organizing our island’s first militia. I made preparations to topple our government’s oppressive “trade up” dogma and led my men into battle. We fought bravely with muskets, swords, knives, and our own bloody knuckles seeking our liberation, yet alas, our movement was before it’s time. Despite their gallant heroism, many of my brave men died that day, painting our pristine beaches red with their sacrifices. I, myself, was gravely wounded on the battlefield and to this day carry the scars and shrapnel of NFL draft philosophical warfare. As my remaining men and I retreated, we vowed to rise again. Bound by oath and duty, we strengthened our numbers and waited for the right time to strike.

Everette’s Enmity – 2009
The next provocation from the island’s trade-up despots would come just one year later. In 2009 the Panthers traded away their 2010 1st round pick (No. 17) to the 49ers for a 2009 2nd round pick (No. 43) and a 2009 4th round pick (No. 111) in order to draft DE Everett Brown, whom the Panthers evaluated as a first round talent. In the end, Brown’s career in Carolina lasted two seasons. In 2010 the 49ers used the Panthers No. 17 pick to draft OG Mike Iupati, a four-time Pro Bowler. My militia and I viewed this second consecutive trade-up approach as a deliberately provocative act of aggression. I responded in turn by fomenting another rebellion with my loyal soldiers. This time we battled our oppressive overlords to a stalemate as throngs of willing soldiers left their nets in the seas and coconut trees unharvested and rallied to the cause. Once again, the carnage was beyond description and many paid the ultimate intellectual price, but this time we had taken the fight to the enemy.

Armanti’s Call to Arms, 2010
Amidst the conflict spreading across the island in 2010, the Panthers overlords knowingly provoked our residents for the third consecutive year. This time Carolina traded up into the 3rd round (No. 89) to draft WR Armanti Edwards and gave away their 2011 2nd round pick (No. 33) in the process. Armanti’s entire career consisted of six reception for 131 yards.

To recap, between 2008 and 2010 the Panthers did the following:

  • Gave away: No. 17 (1st), No. 28 (1st), No. 33 (2nd), No. 43 (2nd), No. 109 (4th)
  • Got back: No. 19 (1st), No. 43 (2nd), No. 89 (3rd), No. 111 (4th)

After “Armanti’s Call to Arms”, nearly all of the residents of our island looked to me for leadership in overthrowing our overlords. Their trade-up mantra was destroying our way of life. Change was needed. I was voted Commander in Chief of what we rebels now called “Trade Down Island.” The fighting lasted eight long and taxing years until at the end of 2018 I had conquered the island’s enemies. We ousted the “Trade Uppers” and banished them from our island. Our home was ours. We were in control of our trade down destiny.

Then, I did as most powerful leaders who control the military tend to do. I proclaimed myself dictator of Trade Down Island!

But, as a universally loved leader, all of TDI’s residents openly embraced my totalitarian reign. There were parades in the streets and I was festooned with garlands and ribbons. To this day we value our freedom on TDI and welcome all like-minded NFL draft nerds. If your team continues to ruin their roster by trading up and you need a new place to dwell, you have found your new home.

–Benevolent Dictator

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