As the 2015 NFL Draft approaches it is finally time to reveal my draft crush. And while New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks was my 2014 draft crush, it’s yet another wide-receiver who made my list this year as Louisville’s WR DeVante Parker tops my list.
Back in March, I wrote up a scenario on why a San Francisco 49ers-Cleveland Browns trade makes sense to land Parker. However, after free-agency it appears that the 49ers may have to trade up even higher to land Parker as I believe a likely trading partner would be the New York Giants at No. 9.
Why the New York Giants you ask? Because the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, and St. Louis Rams are all likely to draft a wide-receiver. And if the 49ers are to have a fighting chance in the Parker sweepstakes they will surely need to delve into the top 10 to secure his services.
According to the trade value chart, the 9th pick is worth 1,350 points. The 49ers who hold the 15th overall selection would likely have to give up that and more to be in position to draft Parker. So the question remains, is Parker worth the risk? I would say yes.
A player that has a big catching radius as Parker stands 6-3, 209, you can see where Parker’s value lies. Not to mention, he would be a big red zone threat who would create matchup problems for smaller cornerbacks, Parker would instantly make others around him better as players like TE Vernon Davis can work the middle of the field with no safety help over the top.
A true gamer with the ability to separate and win 50-50 balls makes Parker an intriguing prospect worth trading up for. But what will it take?
Below is a breakdown of a possible trade in order to move up to No. 9.
- First-round pick (No. 9)
- First-round pick (No. 15)
- Third-round pick (No. 79)
The Giants who need an abundance of help on the defensive side of the ball would be wise to make this trade as they can land a top edge-rusher at No. 15 while also solidifying another defensive position in the third-round. And while many Forever Faithful are still lobbying for Missouri’s WR Dorial Green-Beckham, I think it’s safe to say that his draft stock has slipped as others have had better pro days while not having any off-field issues.
With the 49ers preparing for next week’s draft it will be interesting to see what they do as they could trade up, trade down, or stay pat.