The Browns will be getting a second round draft pick this year, and a fifth round pick in the 2010 draft for tight end Kellen Winslow. As a precedent, the New Orleans Saints gave up a second- and a fifth-round pick for Jeremy Shockey. What do we learn from this?
Well, for starters, if you draft a TE in the first round then you are an idiot. Seriously. It’s like buying a new car, they lose their value as soon as you drive them off the lot. If a Pro-Bowl TE isn’t worth trading a first-round pick, then no TE is worth drafting in the first round. Sorry San Francisco, that pick you spent on Vernon Davis? You overpaid. Any team looking at Brandon Pettigrew with their first rounder – you have been warned.
I know, I can already hear you – those two players had other baggage and an injury history. Fair enough. So what about Antonio Gates? Would you give a first round pick for him? How about Jason Witten? Certainly not Tony Gonzalez at this point in his career. Sure, the all-time greats you would give up a first round pick for in their prime. I bet you would have given up a first round pick for Kellen Winslow Sr. Probably would have done the same for a young Gonzalez. However, for a top-five all-time-at-his-position player, I bet many teams would be willing to give up more than one first-round pick. Would you trade a couple of first-round picks for John Elway? How about Joe Montana? I’d forego multiple top picks for Walter Payton. But for a TE? Not so much.
So there you have it. According to the trade value chart, Kellen Winslow is worth between 417.4 and 433 points depending on where Tampa Bay finishes this year. Your worst first round pick? Five hundred and ninety points.
Now watch us grab Pettigrew with the fifth overall pick…