Both the Browns and Titans seemed to come out of the 2017 NFL Draft with considerable value. They were stocked with additional ammo thanks to blockbuster trades for the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks last year.
Both teams will be historically beholden to the first major move both general managers made. Sashi Brown and Paul Depodesta of Cleveland traded the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the eighth overall pick, a 2016 third-round pick (77), a 2016 fourth-round pick (100), a 2017 first-round pick (12) and a 2018 second-round pick (TBD).
Titans general manager Jon Robinson, meanwhile, dealt the 2016 No. 1 overall pick for the Rams' 2016 first-round pick (15), two second-round picks (43, 45), a third-round pick (76) and first and third-round picks in 2017. They also took pick No. 176 -- a sweetener from the Browns' trade-down for Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin -- and spun that into 157 and 253 via a deal with the Broncos.
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The Browns moved that No. 8 pick in 2016 and traded it for the Titans' No. 15 selection, No. 76 selection and a second-round pick in 2017 that ended up being No. 52 overall. They also traded the No. 77 pick and the No. 141 pick for pick 93, 129 and 168. On top of that, they swapped pick No. 100 for 114 and 154, allowing the Raiders to draft Connor Cook.
In 2017, Cleveland took No. 12 and traded it to the Houston Texans for No. 25 and a 2018 first-round pick (TBD).
Now that some of the smoke has cleared, let's see how that risk/reward scale is balancing out (h/t to ESPN.com's Browns writer Pat McManamon). Who got the best deal?
So far, in exchange for Wentz, the Browns have received:
» Wide receiver Corey Coleman (33 catches, 324 yards and three touchdowns over 10 games during rookie season)
» Offensive tackle Shon Coleman (62 snaps in 2016)
» Quarterback Cody Kessler (6 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 1,380 yards passing in eight starts last year)
» Wide receiver Ricardo Louis (18 receptions for 205 yards in 2016)
» Safety Derrick Kindred (12 appearances, five starts, 30 tackles and five passes defensed in 2016)
» Wide receiver Jordan Payton (four apperances, one catch for three yards in 2016)
» Offensive tackle Spencer Drango (599 snaps in 2016; graded by Pro Football Focus as 'average')
» Safety Jabrill Peppers
» Quarterback DeShone Kizer
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Keep in mind, Cleveland also has an extra first- and second-round pick to go. Both could be key ammunition pieces in what some talent evaluators are calling a talented throwback quarterback class.
» Defensive tackle Austin Johnson (.5 sacks, six solo tackles and a pass defensed in 10 appearances - 190 total snaps - in 2016).
» Running back Derrick Henry (110 carries for 490 yards and five touchdowns in 2016 along with 13 catches for 137 yards).
» Cornerback LeShaun Sims (13 appearances, 2 starts, 1 interception, three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and 17 solo tackles in 2016).
» Cornerback Karlan Reed (four appearances, 15 total snaps, 1 solo tackle in 2016)
» Wide receiver Corey Davis at No. 5 overall in 2017
» Tight end Jonnu Smith at No. 100 overall in 2017
While the Titans seem to have secured more effective immediate assets, there are a few things to consider: This was an easier trade for Tennessee to make given that they already had a franchise quarterback. Also, we might not know the Browns' final haul from this draft for years. They are continuing to layer their roster and still have an additional 2018 first- and second-round pick to use. One team is certainly playing the longer game -- but will it work?