According to NFL.com Chad Reuter,, Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers could become potential trading partners on “Day 1” of the upcoming NFL Draft 2021—with his proposed trade between the two teams ‘it makes sense’:
Green Bay Packers
RECEIVE: no. 21
RECEIVE: no. 29
Colts also receives: Two 2021 fourth rounds.
Green Bay became an aggressive team led by GM’s Brian Gutekunst in the first round, entering their fourth season on the job. The Packers have swapped in all three past drafts, twice for defensive assistance (corner Jaire Alexander, ranked 18th overall in 2018, and security Darnell Savage, 21st in 2019).
It looks like another trade could happen this year, and that turnaround could be attributed to Colts ’two late fourth-round selections. Northwest corner Greg Newsome is the Packers ’most logical target at 21, although Jamin Davis and Zaven Collins, Minnesota receiver Rashod Bateman, Oklahoma State offensive attack Teven Jenkins, and even Virginia Tech Caleb Farley could be combined, with Farley’s back injury potentially preventing teams to take him to the top half of the first round.
Indianapolis might be interested in some of those players as well, but the Colts could instead choose additional choices and choose Texas who left Samuel Cosmi or cornerback Eric Stokes at 29 years old.
Using DraftTek’s draft trade value chart, The Colts would change the # 21 pick (800) for the Packers # 29 pick (640) and their two fourth pick: # 135 (38.5) and # 142 (35).
That’s 800 total values that the Colts gave up on just 713.5 acquired (which I don’t like) – primarily because the trading team usually surrenders more (if both) compared.
Historically, the CEO of Colts Chris Ballard maximizes potential value gained on ‘Day 1’ trading plans (see: New York Jets mega-trade in 2018 that landed Quenton Nelson and the domestic draft breakthrough and the next trade of the Washington football team in 2019 – which is networked Rock Ya-Sin and a second-round pick in early 2020), so it would be surprising if it didn’t gain at least equal or greater value here than Green Bay.
That said, the idea that the Colts can trade has some legs, especially since the team has already submitted its selection from the third round of 2021 for Carson Wentz, and Ballard notoriously ‘likes’ the selection of candidates ’.
It is interesting here that the two highly esteemed perspectives Reuter mentions might arouse the interest of the Packers: the northwest corner Greg Newsome and the Oklahoma State offensive Teven Jenkins it could also be at the top of Colts ’realistically accessible Grand Committee with a 21st overall pick – as both would meet the team’s main needs for Indy.
However, if the Colts have a group of potential customers who realistically value more or less the same in their estimates and think they can get at least one at number 29, then such a trade would make sense (especially, for example, if, say, an offensive attack in Texas Samuel Cosmi more or less the same as Jenkins in their estimates).
While the Colts should be able to get more value than the two fourth-round choices Reuter is proposing, the idea of a fall, in itself, is not exaggerated at all.
In addition to Green Bay’s propensity to trade in recent seasons, the Packers are also creating a potential real trading partner with Colts – in such a scenario.