Packers move up in 4th and 5th round via DeShone Kizer deal
It’s like a puzzle. Tags, cuts, free agency, the draft, undrafted free agency, veteran cap casualties, training camp signings—it all represents the pieces. And while the names usually stand out in the headlines, sometimes it’s the under-the-radar move that makes all the difference in the world.
Enter the Green Bay Packers who recently made just one of those moves.
As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network makes mention on Twitter, the Pack move up in both the fourth and fifth round via the DeShone Kizer deal. The Packers will be swapping fourth and fifth rounders with the Cleveland Browns in the upcoming draft.
This is significant: The #Packers not only picked up QB DeShone Kizer in their trade of Damarious Randall, but they also moved up in the 4th and 5th rounds, I’m told. They swap 4th rounders with the #Browns and then 5th rounders, too. Browns move back twice, GB comes up.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2018
Of course, the big chip heading to The Land is fourth-year cornerback Damarious Randall.
Randall, 25, was the 30th overall selection by the Packers in the 2015 NFL Draft. As a first-round corner, matching up with Kizer seems appropriate in terms of pure value. This is why the fourth and fifth round swaps feel critical.
Green Bay owned the 14th pick in the fourth round and 13th selection in the fifth. They now flip both to the Browns for the first pick in both said rounds. Though it’s not nearly as valuable as a first, second or third round flip, great value can be had in both of those middle rounds.
Nobody saw Randall being moved prior to the announcement. He started 12 of 14 games a season ago coming away with four interceptions, one returned to the house for a score. He also broke up nine passes, recovered one fumble and tallied 38 tackles.
Kizer, 22, is a second-round product who was thrust into rookie action this past season. Starting 15 games for the winless Browns, he put forth a below average campaign with 1,894 yards and 11 scores to 22 interceptions.
On paper, Randall possessed more value which is why the swapping of the fourth and fifth rounders was appropriate in this situation. It appears Aaron Rodgers now has his backup quarterback in tow.