2014 Trade Summary
Draft picks: 17, 20, 62, 71, 89, 107, 125.
Arrived: Jonathan Giles, Adam Cooney, James Gwilt, pick 17, pick 62.
Departed: Paddy Ryder, pick 53.
Trade activity: Paddy Ryder traded to Port Adelaide for pick No.17 and 37; pick No.37 on-traded to Western Bulldogs for Adam Cooney, pick 53 traded to GWS for Jonathan Giles and pick 62, James Gwilt (unrestricted free agent).
Trade misses: Daniel Gorringe was on the club's radar and would have been an excellent replacement for Ryder given his youth. But Gorringe rebuffed Essendon's interest and ended up staying at Gold Coast. They are also believed to have made a play for Mitch Clark as he was weighing up options.
Trade period mark: The Bombers did about as well as they could given their unique and difficult circumstances. Paddy Ryder wanted to leave, and finding a solution that aided the Bombers was hard. But the club managed to bring in another early selection and some experienced types including Cooney to offset his departure. Giles, as a ready-made ruckman, was a solid choice and having two top-20 draft picks should see some young talent emerge.