While mock drafts have been plentiful around the league, very few have included a three team trade. This one however, would be a blockbuster trade between the Packers, Steelers, and Falcons. It would get a number one wide receiver in Green Bay while still keeping their 28th overall pick and both second round picks.
Green Bay Packers receive:
- WR Chase Claypool (from Steelers)
- 2022 Draft pick #114 (fourth round) (from Falcons)
Pittsburgh Steelers receive:
- 2022 Draft pick #8 (first round) (from Falcons)
- 2022 Draft pick #190 (sixth round) (from Falcons)
Atlanta Falcons receive:
- 2022 Draft pick #20 (first round) (from Steelers)
- 2022 Draft pick #22 (first round) (from Packers)
Bill Barnwell of ESPN went on to explain this trade:
“It’s the first three-team trade here! There are other ways for each of these teams to accomplish their goals, but this gets all three organizations what they want have coming out of this draft.
Let’s start with the Packers, who add a valuable young receiver set to make just $2.7 million combined over the next two seasons. Claypool didn’t take a leap forward in his second season, but he has the size and physical tools to win at all levels of the field, and he’d get a massive upgrade at quarterback when it comes to deeper routes.
The Packers have been rewarded for their patience in the past; remember that Davante Adams himself was seen as a disappointment after his second season and didn’t post a 1,000-yard campaign until his fifth year. Claypool’s early success makes him a slightly better bet than the average rookie being drafted in the 20s.”
Claypool has been impressive early:
Through two seasons Chase Claypool has accumulated 121 receptions, 1,733 yards, and 11 touchdowns. The 6’4″, 238 pound, 23 year old receiver has all the tools to be a “wide receiver one” in this league. On top of that he has two years left on his rookie contract.
“In this scenario, the Steelers sacrifice Claypool and the No. 20 pick to move up and get their quarterback of the future,” Barnwell wrote. “They can use their second- or third-round pick to draft Claypool’s replacement, sign Johnson to an extension and move forward with a transitioning core on offense. This deal values Claypool as being worth something in the ballpark of the No. 34 pick in a typical draft.”
The Packers’ original pick would actually end up with the Falcons in this scenario, but the Steelers would move up to Atlanta’s original position at No. 8 overall where they could most likely have their pick of quarterbacks — as long as Detroit and Carolina avoid taking one of the top prospects before Pittsburgh is on the clock.
Green Bay would still be left with premium picks
In this trade scenario Green Bay would still be left with three picks in the first two rounds. They would have plenty of draft capital to go after the guys they have their eyes on. Chase Claypool has a great shot of being more productive than any rookie wide receiver in this years’ draft as well.