The Browns were part of Thursday night’s wild ride in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft when they traded away the first-round pick they got from the Philadelphia Eagles, No. 8 overall, to the Titans, meaning the Browns and their analytical front office traded away two picks in the top 10 in a matter of weeks.
The Titans gave up the No. 15 pick they got from the Los Angeles Rams, a third-round pick on Friday and a second-round pick next year. The Titans got the Browns’ No. 8 pick, which they used on Jack Conklin, and a sixth-round pick for Saturday.
That meant the Titans and Browns, who held the first and second picks overall 15 days ago, traded those picks, as well as the picks they received in their initial trades. Of the 31 first-round picks, 12 of them were traded at least once (two of them were traded more than once).
In all, five trades were made on Thursday once the draft clock started.
So let’s review the trades that were made during the first day of the draft, using the Jimmy Johnson-based draft value chart to see who got the better end of the deals, at least according to the points. (Note: We already reviewed the trade values for the first two picks that were traded over the previous two weeks.)
We will do this with the assumption that the points value for future drafts picks actually drop by one round (a 2017 second-round pick is given the points value of third-rounder) and we will also assume that future picks fall in the middle of the round since we can’t predict where the teams will be drafting in the future.
As much as some general managers try to say they don’t use the points value chart for assessing potential trades, all five of Thursday’s trades were within 30 points between the two teams that swapped.
THURSDAY’S TRADE VALUES
Titans and Browns
2016 first-round pick (No. 8; Jack Conklin) = 1,400 points
2016 sixth-round pick (No. 176) = 20.8 points
Titans total: 1,420.8 points
2016 first-round pick (No. 15; Corey Coleman) = 1,050 points
2016 third-round pick (No. 76) = 210 points
2017 second-round pick (points-valued at mid-third-round) = 190 points
Browns total: 1,450 points
Bears and Buccaneers
2016 first-round pick (No. 9; Leonard Floyd) = 1,350 points
Bears total: 1,350 points
2016 first-round pick (No. 11; Vernon Hargreaves) = 1,250 points
2016 fourth-round pick (No. 106) = 82 points
Buccaneers total: 1,332 points
Texans and Redskins
2016 first-round pick (No. 21; Will Fuller) = 800 points
Texans total: 800 points
2016 first-round pick (No. 22; Josh Doctson) = 780 points
2017 sixth-round pick (points-valued at mid-seventh) = 9.2 points
Redskins total: 789.2 points
Broncos and Seahawks
2016 first-round pick (No. 26; Paxton Lynch) = 700 points
Broncos total: 700 points
2016 first-round pick (No. 31; Germain Ifedi) = 600 points
2016 third-round pick (No. 94) = 124 points
Seahawks total: 724 points
49ers and Chiefs
2016 first-round pick (No. 28; Joshua Garnett) = 660 points
2016 seventh-round pick (No. 249) = Less than one point
49ers total: 661 points
2016 second-round pick (No. 37) = 530 points
2016 fourth-round pick (No. 105) = 84 points
2016 sixth-round pick (No. 178) = 21.2 points
Chiefs total: 635.2 points