Getting Odell Beckham AND adding draft picks
Earlier I talked about the Rich Hill model showing that the “value” of Beckham according to the proposed Beckham trade amounted to “98 points.”
The trade I am about to propose actually increases Beckham’s value to “99 points.” More than that, it gives the Browns the chance to take an offensive tackle with no guilt with the 10th overall pick.
Even if they get their 4th highest graded OT, the can fill their biggest need and still have a first round pick to focus on value. With a deep receiver class, filling the WR2 spot can be pushed to Day 2 while they can take advantage of one of the most exciting players in the draft class.
Here is what Day 1 and Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft would look like for the Cleveland Browns if they accepted the proposed trade (former Titans picks in bold):
10. Andrew Thomas OT, Georgia
29. Kenneth Murray LB, Oklahoma
74. Bryan Edwards WR, South Carolina
93. Darrion Daniels DT, Nebraska
103. Javaris Davis CB, Auburn
The Tennessee Titans would get Odell Beckham Jr. and would still have a shot at a draft with the 41st overall pick as well as picks in the 3rd, 4th and 5th round as well as three in the 7th round (after another trade with the Broncos in round 2):
41. Jaylon Johnson CB, Utah
77. Jalen Hurts QB, Alabama
118th pick (4th round)
174th pick (5th round)
224th pick (7th)
237th pick (7th)
243rd pick (7th)
To me that is a win-win for both teams. Cleveland still has their top WR from last year while also adding a potential boom pick in Bryan Edwards to replace him. Locking down Andrew Thomas and Kenneth Murray in round one should provide instant dividends as well.
For the Titans, you get a 27-year-old Hall of Famer who should be in his prime and will be able to help Tennessee do one of two things. They will either shift to be a more pass-heavy team or he will draw extra attention on the outside and force teams to play Derrick Henry with a 7-man box.
Either way it is a bump for the Titans offensively. Using the picks they have left in the top-100, the Titans add an exciting cornerback to help round out the starting defense and they add gadget QB/developmental projected Jalen Hurts to the depth chart.
Hurts just so happens to be one of A.J. Brown’s closest friends and the man who inherited the #2 jersey from Derrick Henry. It seems like a nice narrative to bring them all to the same team.