The Trades That Never Were

There were 22 trades in last weekend's NFL Draft, including four in the first round which could shape the way the 2011 season plays out. What about the trades that weren't executed? We're going to examine a few of the deals that were offered, but not executed and rate who benefited from not doing the deals.

1st deal that never was- The Detroit Lions offer their 1st (13th overall), 2nd (44th overall) and 4th round (107th overall) picks to the Arizona Cardinals for the 5th overall pick (Patrick Peterson).

Detroit offered to trade up to fill a desperate need at the cornerback position with what many had as the best player in the draft with Patrick Peterson. Had Detroit executed this deal, they would've been left with just two selections in the first 153.

From the Arizona perspective, had they accepted they could've moved back to pick number 13, selected Prince Amukamara or Nick Fairley and still had a plethora of selections to build up a team which won just five games a season ago.

And the winner is….Detroit. The Lions are rebuilding nicely, but they aren't just one player away. As great as Patrick Peterson is, the team is much better off with Nick Fairley, Titus Young and some of the ammunition that helped them acquire Mikel Leshoure.

2nd deal that never was- The Jacksonville Jaguars offer their 1st (16th overall) and 2nd round (#49 overall) picks to the Dallas Cowboys for the rights to the 9th overall pick (selection would have been Blaine Gabbert).

When the Jaguars saw the Tennessee Titans select Jake Locker with the 8th overall selection, they immediately attempted to move up with Dallas to get quarterback Blaine Gabbert. As we know, the Jaguars were able to execute the deal with Washington to get their guy.

Dallas would have been able to move back to the 16th overall pick and either select offensive tackle Tyron Smith (assuming he was available) who they took with the ninth pick, or Anthony Castonzo or Prince Amukamara. They would have also had a mid-second round pick to potentially get a cornerback or another offensive lineman to fill a major team need.

And the winner is…..Nobody. Jacksonville was still able to get the same deal from Washington and get their man. Dallas would have been much better off by moving back and still acquiring an offensive lineman rated on the same level or the second-best cornerback in the draft and grabbing the extra second-round pick.

3rd deal that never was- The Atlanta Falcons trade their 1st (27th overall), 2nd (59th overall), 4th (124th overall), 2012 1st-round pick, 2012 4th-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the 4th overall selection (A.J. Green).

Atlanta was looking to acquire another game-changing wide receiver for Matt Ryan and they were able to do so with Cleveland as they snatched up Julio Jones.

The Bengals could've moved back and received nearly all of the Falcons draft with help next year. Cincinnati could've grabbed help on both lines and/or an elite running back like Mark Ingram.

And the winner is….Nobody. The Falcons did their deal but this is all about Cincinnati. The Bengals have a history of turning down blockbuster trades (Ochocinco to Washington for first and third-round picks) and it usually ends up hurting the franchise. The Bengals blind eye toward the present and not looking toward the future is one of the reasons why they haven't won a playoff game in over 20 years.

Other trades that never happened:

San Francisco reportedly tried to get back into the first round to select quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Fortunately for the 49ers, Kaepernick made it to the second-round and the team was able to swap second-round picks with Denver and give a fourth (108th overall) and fifth-round pick (141st overall). The price was considerably less than if the 49ers would've traded into the back end of the first. Likely compensation would have been their second-round pick (#45 overall), original third-round pick (#76 overall) and fourth-round pick (108th overall).

The Bengals attempted to get back into the late part of the first round to acquire quarterback Andy Dalton, but fortunately for them there were no takers. Cincinnati was able to get their guy with the 35th overall pick without giving up any additional compensation.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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