3. Browns find trade up partner in Panthers
The last trade comes with a tip of the hat to the Pro Football Network, where writer Neal Driscoll envisions the Browns trading up in the NFL Draft to acquire Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs.
Driscoll predicted the Browns would send picks Nos. 10 and 74 to the Panthers to move three spots to secure Wirfs. This qualifies as a crazy trade because it would seem to go against analytics, as the Browns would giving up something to move up.
You’d take this trade in second. I pull the trigger before I could blink. The last offensive lineman the Browns selected out of the Big Ten has a date with the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Wirfs played for the highly regarded Kirk Ferentz and looks like the type of player the Browns could take and forget about for the next years.
What might Paul DePodesta and Andrew Berry think of this type of deal? With so many offensive tackles slated to go in the first round, it’s hard to see the data-driven gurus staying fixated on one prospect. It’d be a lot less surprising to see the Browns trade down to get their tackle later in the first-round.
But to heck with analytics! This is the “Crazy trades” column, after all, and Wirfs looks like the best bet to block Baker’s blindside.