Scenario #1: Trade with Green Bay Packers
The first trade suggestion by Mr. Rhim actually focuses on a team with just as many questions about their receiving core as the Falcons. Last month, after locking up Aaron Rodgers for what very well could be his final years in the NFL prior to a gold jacket, the team up and traded what might be the best receiver today, Davante Adams, to the Las Vegas Raiders, who then promptly signed him to an extension making him the highest-paid receiver in the league.
Now with Rodgers officially entering the twilight of his career, he enters this season with his best target being Randall Cobb. Yeah, that’s already a problem, even with the predetermined chemistry between the two.
So with that in mind, why not send the two picks they received in that Adams trade to Atlanta? Perhaps the Falcons do have players on their board that wouldn’t be worth the eighth overall selection, and while the Falcons desperately need help everywhere, it’s probably better to wait it out on players with higher ceilings that could work for the future.
Meanwhile, letting the Packers, last season’s #1 seed in the conference, jump to the eighth overall selection does seem perplexing, but for a team that doesn’t really listen to Rodgers, maybe they’d finally acquiesce this one time, make a trade, and get him a receiver that’s better for him than Mariota/an inexperienced rookie in a questionable class.
In terms of this trade, it’s the most likely for both teams and does offer favorable outcomes. On one hand, Rodgers stays in Green Bay for the remainder of his career with a top receiver who may or may not pan out. On the other, the Falcons now end up with six draft choices in the top 85 and could snag one of the Alabama receivers early in the second.
An even result for both the Packers and the Falcons.
Verdict: Even trade for both sides, chances of success: 50-65%