There have been a number of NFL trades since the 2014 NFL Draft ended in May, with 13 players and 11 future draft picks switching teams. The Patriots were the most active on the trade market, participating in five deals, while the Buccaneers ultimately made three trades, including a pair with New England.
Let’s quickly remind ourselves of the trades made post-2014 NFL draft…
- Falcons acquire QB T.J. Yates from Texans for linebacker Akeem Dent (link)
- Cowboys acquire linebacker Rolando McClain and seventh-round pick from Ravens for sixth-round pick (link)
- Cowboys acquire cornerback Justin Green from Patriots for defensive end Ben Bass (link)
- Buccaneers acquire guard Logan Mankins from Patriots for tight end Tim Wright and fourth-round pick (link)
- Seahawks acquire cornerback Marcus Burley from Colts for sixth-round pick (link)
- Texans acquire quarterback Ryan Mallett from Patriots for 2015 pick (link)
- Jets acquire wideout Percy Harvin from Seahawks for conditional draft pick (link)
- Rams acquire safety Mark Barron from Buccaneers for fourth and sixth-round pick (link)
- Patriots acquire linebacker Akeem Ayers from Titans for a sixth-round pick (link)
- Patriots acquire linebacker Jonathan Casillas and sixth-round pick from Buccaneers for fifth-round pick (link)
A couple of the players acquired in these trades had little impact on their new squads. Neither Justin Green or Ben Bass played a snap this season, while T.J. Yates only threw four attempts serving as Matt Ryan‘s backup. Ryan Mallett‘s opportunity as the Texans quarterback only lasted 158 snaps, while Mark Barron Jonathan Casillas, and Akeem Dent primarily served in backup/platoon roles with their new squads.
That leaves six players who played more than 300 snaps following their trade, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required): Mankins, McClain, Ayers, Harvin, Wright and Burley. So, which of those players ended up having the biggest impact on their new squad?
Mankins led that group with 937 snaps, and his 4.8 rating on PFF ranked him as the third-best offensive player on Tampa Bay (however, he only ranked as the 22nd-best guard in the league). The 32-year-old was still very reliable for the Bucs, starting all 16 games.
Meanwhile, the player he was traded for ended up being a red-zone force for the Patriots. Wright finished the season with 26 catches for 259 yards, a far cry from his 54 catch, 571-yard season in 2013. The 24-year-old did set a career-high in touchdowns, though, catching six. Across the division, the Jets were hoping Harvin could provide a spark to their struggling offense. The wideout compiled 29 catches for 350 yards and a touchdown in eight games for New York. The skill player also added 22 rushes for 110 yards.
McClain had a bounce back season in 2014 following his one-year retirement. The former first-round pick made 13 appearances for the Cowboys, finishing with 81 tackles, two interruptions, a forced fumble and a sack. He also ranked eighth in PFF’s list of the top inside linebackers. The other linebacker on that list, Ayers, filled in adequately for the injured Jerod Mayo. Ayers played in nine games for the Patriots, including four starts, compiling 20 tackles and four sacks.
Finally, Burley managed to carve out some playing time in a very deep Seattle secondary. In 13 games, the 24-year-old compiled 25 tackles and an interception, while also earning a positive rating from PFF. His 1.7 rating was actually higher than teammates Byron Maxwell, although he played about half the snaps.
So, focusing on the six players who had played more than 300 snaps, which player acquired via trade had the biggest impact on their new club? Should one of the omitted players have made the list? Let us know in the comments.