Trade back would have been a gamble

May, 9, 2014
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Ted Thompson did not come right out and say it, and Ray Farmer was not asked about it.

But it's safe to say that the general managers of the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns discussed a trade for the 21st overall pick in Thursday's first round.

"Um," Thompson said with a smile. "We talked to a number of teams."

A few minutes after Thompson picked Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Browns traded up to No. 22 to take quarterback Johnny Manziel.

If Farmer offered Thompson the same deal he swung with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Packers would have received the 26th overall pick in the first round plus Cleveland's third-round pick (No. 83 overall).

That still would have allowed the Packers to still make a pick in the first round, and it would have given them four selections on Day 2 (rounds 2 and 3).

However, it would have put them at risk of losing Clinton-Dix.

Although no team between 21 and 26 selected a safety, perhaps that would have been different had Clinton-Dix still been on the board.

The Packers still would have had a chance at the two other first-round safeties == Washington State's Deone Bucannon (who went No. 27 to the Arizona Cardinals) and Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward (No. 30 to San Francisco) -- but it's not known whether Thompson valued those players in the first round.

As things stand now, the Packers have three selections on Friday: Nos. 53 (second round), 85 (third round) and 98 (third round).

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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