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Green Bay Packers trade up to 18 and select CB Jaire Alexander
The Green Bay Packers traded the 27th, 76th, and 186th picks in the NFL Draft to the Seattle Seahawks for the 18th pick which they used on Louisville Cardinals cornerback Jaire Alexander.
The Packers had just dropped back from 14 to 27, adding a 2019 first-round pick. With a need in their secondary, they moved up to grab the best available defensive back left on the board in Alexander. The Cardinals' back had 7 interceptions and 15 passes defensed in his three years at Louisville.
The Packers pass defense ranked 26th in the NFL, per our metrics, with opposing offenses racking up 3,789 passing yards, the 10th-most in the league last season.
Steelers trade Martavis Bryant to the Raiders for a third-round pick
The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded wide receiver Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders for a third-round pick, 75th-overall, in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Bryant has been asking for a trade from the Steelers since last season and finally gets his wish. He joins the Raiders as the third wideout, behind Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson, and will get a chance to thrive as the team's home run hitter. Bryant was expendable with JuJu Schuster-Smith emerging as the Steelers' number two wideout in 2017.
Bryant finished with 50 catches, 603 yards, and 3 touchdowns in 2017 after missing the entire 2016 season due to suspension.
Buffalo Bills move up to draft LB Tremaine Edmunds in the NFL Draft
The Buffalo Bills traded the 22nd, 65th, and 154th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Baltimore Ravens for the 16th overall pick, which they used on Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.
The deal is the second of the day for Buffalo, as they previous moved up to draft quarterback Josh Allen. Edmunds is young, he turns 20 next week, and big (6'5", 250 lbs) and posses the athleticism to keep up with tight ends. He finished 2017 with 108 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2017.
The Bills needed help on defense as they ranked last in the NFL, per our metrics in run defense. They allowed 1,994 yards rushing, the fourth-most yards in the NFL.
New Orleans Saints trade up to 14 to select DE Marcus Davenport
The New Orleans Saints traded the 2018 27th and the 147th overall pick in addition to a 2019 first-rounder to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for the 14th pick, which they used on UTSA defensive end Marcus Davenport.
The Saints were rumored to be targeting a quarterback but ended up paying a high price for the combine wonder Davenport. The 6'7" lineman is a freakish athlete but is extremely raw. Davenport finished the 2017 season with 8.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for a loss in 11 games.
The Saints finished with the 14th-best overall defense in 2017, per out metrics, but struggled against the run allowing 4.4 yards per carry, the fifth-worst mark in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals trade up to draft QB Josh Rosen with the 10th pick in the NFL Draft
The Arizona Cardinals have traded the 15th, 79th, and 152nd pick to the Oakland Raiders to move up to 10th overall and draft UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen.
With Carson Palmer retiring, the quarterback spot was a big need for Arizona. Even with Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon signed in free agency, Rosen will have a chance to battle see extended playing time in his rookie season due to the veteran duo's injury history and ineffectiveness.
Rosen completed 62.6% of his 452 pass attempts for 3,756 yards, 26 touchdwons, and 10 intercptions in 2017.
San Francisco 49ers draft OT Mike McGlinchey with ninth pick
The San Francisco 49ers selected offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey with the ninth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
McGlinchey becomes the first tackle off the board and will help protect Jimmy Garoppolo for a 49ers team that is expected to make some noise next season.
The 49ers finished 6-10 in 2017 after winning the final five games of the season.
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