Ideally, trades struck on draft weekend will work out for both teams. For instance, in 2007, the Jets traded up in Round One to select CB Darrelle Revis; their trading partners, the Panthers, came away with LB Jon Beason and C Ryan Kalil. Three years later, Revis, Beason and Kalil all rank among the better players at their positions.
Of course, not all trades work out this way. Sometimes, there is a clear winner and a clear loser in a Draft Day deal. In this edition of the NFList, we look at eight trades made on draft weekend from 2004-08 where one team clearly got the better end of the deal. (We focused on all deals carried out during a draft — including those involving veteran players being dealt for draft picks — and excluded 2009 from our discussion on the grounds that it is too early to make a definitive call on those swaps just yet.) The trades are ranked from the most lopsided on down:
1) 2007 — The Patriots traded their fourth-round pick (No. 110 overall) to Oakland for WR Randy Moss. The Raiders selected CB John Bowie. In three seasons with the Patriots, Moss has caught 250 passes for 3,765 yards and 47 touchdowns. Bowie played just five games in three seasons with Oakland and is now with Cleveland. To be fair, Moss didn't play particularly well during his stint in Oakland, and Bowie was never considered a top prospect.
2) 2004 — The Colts traded their second-round pick (No. 38) to Pittsburgh for the Steelers' second- and fourth-round picks (Nos. 44 and 107). The Steelers selected CB Ricardo Colclough. The Colts selected SS Bob Sanders and LB Kendyll Pope. Sanders helped the Colts win Super Bowl XLI and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2007. Colclough never developed as the Steelers had hoped.
3) 2004 — The Bengals traded their first-round pick (No. 24) to St. Louis for the Rams' first- and fourth-round picks (Nos. 26 and 123). The Rams selected RB Steven Jackson. The Bengals selected RB Chris Perry and OL Stacy Andrews. The Rams traded up for Jackson and have reaped the benefits. Perry never started more than six games in a season in his five seasons with Cincinnati, while Andrews was a serviceable starter for Cincinnati.
4) 2005 — The Titans traded their second-round pick (No. 37) to Detroit for the Lions' second- and fourth-round picks (Nos. 41 and 113). The Lions selected DT Shaun Cody. The Titans selected OTs Michael Roos and David Stewart. Cody started just 11 games in four seasons with Detroit before moving on to Houston. Meanwhile, Roos has become one of the game's better left tackles, while Stewart has been an above-average right tackle.
5) 2006 — The Packers traded their second-round pick (No. 36) to New England for the Patriots' second- (No. 52) and third-round (No. 75) picks. The Patriots selected WR Chad Jackson. The Packers selected WR Greg Jennings and OG Jason Spitz. The explosive Jennings has racked up more than 1,100 yards receiving in each of the last two seasons, while Spitz has started 45 games in four seasons. Meanwhile, Jackson played just two seasons for New England.
6) 2006 — The Rams traded their first-round pick (No. 11) to Denver for the Broncos' first- (No. 15) and third-round (No. 68) picks. The Broncos selected QB Jay Cutler. The Rams selected CB Tye Hill and DT Claude Wroten. Yes, Cutler's career in Denver lasted just three seasons, but the Broncos were able to trade him to Chicago for a package, including two first-round picks and QB Kyle Orton. On the other hand, Hill and Wroten didn't pan out and are no longer with the Rams.
7) 2005 — The Panthers traded their second-round pick (No. 45) to Seattle for the Seahawks' second- (No. 54) and two fourth-round (Nos. 121 and 126) picks. The Seahawks selected LB Lofa Tatupu. The Panthers selected RB Eric Shelton and QB Stefan LeFors and traded the other fourth-round pick to Green Bay. Tatupu has been a standout for the Seahawks' defense, while Shelton and LeFors didn't contribute much for the Panthers and are no longer with the team. The No. 126 pick eventually ended up with the Eagles, who took OG Todd Herremans.
8) 2007 — The Packers traded their second- (No. 47) and seventh-round (No. 235) picks to the Jets for the Jets' second- (No. 63), third- (No. 89) and sixth-round (No. 191) picks. The Jets selected LB David Harris and Chansi Stuckey. The Packers selected RB Brandon Jackson, S Aaron Rouse and LB Korey Hall. Harris, a playmaking inside linebacker, has been the undisputed star of this trade.
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