During the past five years, it may surprise you to know that the 29th pick in the NFL draft has been moved six times. Yes, six times. Here’s a short review.
2019 the Seattle Seahawks trade LB Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for the 29th pick, used to select LJ Collier. While the surface merits are debatable, the move proved to have a huge domino effect on Seattle that had an incredible effect on the franchise.
In 2020, the Titans stood pat with the pick and selected troubled OT Isaiah Wilson from Georgia. Wilson lasted less than a year and a half in the NFL and never showed football to be a passion or priority in his life.
2021 saw the Packers hold the selection and use it on the oft injured Eric Stokes, also of the Georgia Bulldogs. Stokes finished his second consecutive season on IR and has been remarkably disappointing. Bonus coverage - The Packers also had the 29th pick in 2017, which they traded back to pick 33.
Kansas City held 29, again, in 2022. They ponied up a 3rd and 4th round pick to move up eight spots in a trade with the Patriots for pick 21. The Patriots used the selection to take University of Tennessee Chattanooga Guard Cole Strange, who has been a starter the last two years. The trade worked out well for both teams, as both Strange and Kansas City Chiefs selection CB Trent McDuffie have taken off in their second year.
Last year saw the 29th pick change hands a wild four times, ultimately culminating in the New Orleans Saints using it to take Clemson’s Bryan Bresee. Originally the 49ers selection it came to New Orleans via Miami and Denver in its journey.
What will happen with pick 29 this year? It’s anyone’s guess, but the last five years have run the kaleidoscope of available possibilities, with the exception of standing pat and making a high impact choice.
Thank you for reading, and remember that my original content can only be found on The Den, home to the greatest Lions fans to be found anywhere. Let me end with two questions. What would you do with the pick? What do you think Holmes will do with the pick?