Yesterday we covered the history of the #26 pick, just in time for NFL Mocks to put up a Mock 2014 NFL Draft that includes a number of possible trades. While projecting trades can be difficult there was a trade that caught our eye here at FoS that included the Cleveland Browns. No it wasn’t a trade up to #1 from #4 nor a trade down from #4 but a trade up from #26.
#14 – Cleveland Browns (from CHI) – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M
Trade yield: Bears get CLE 26th pick, two 3rd rounders in ’14, 5th in ’14 and ’15
In their Mock Draft the Browns selected Teddy Bridgewater at #4 then make this trade to pair up Josh Gordon with Mike Evans. They compare the duo to the ones pictured above, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, a giant pair of talented receivers. For the Browns they don’t have to surrender their second round pick to move up 12 spots but do give up 5 extra picks to make that move. For a team needing to build depth as well as star power does moving that much for Evans make sense? Would an offense of Bridgewater, Evans, Gordon, Jordan Cameron and possibly an added offensive lineman or running back in the second round make for a dynamic, game changing offense?
For the Bears moving down 12 spots to get 2 third rounders in a ultra deep draft makes a lot of sense. The Bears have some cap issues and need to rebuild their defense. No better way then with extra picks in the deepest draft in memory. In their version the Bears pick up Aaron Donald, but he is shooting up draft boards. The Bears will have their pick of many fine defenders in the 26th spot as well as with the 3 additional 2014 picks they receiver from Cleveland. Adding 4 players instead of 1 doesn’t make sense for a lot of teams but the Bears just may make sense.
What do you think of the trade, before taking Evans into account? Then is Evans worth it if he is there? For the Bears is this enough to drop down so far or would they require more?