There have already been four moves for first round picks and the draft is still a week and a half away. Last season there were eight moves made regarding first round picks and there should be something similar this season. These trades make the draft unpredictable and even more exciting for football fans. These are eight teams that are likely to make a trade on draft day.
8. New England Patriots
If the draft order stays the way that it is right now, the New England Patriots won’t have a pick until number 72 in the third round. They pretty much got their first round pick in the form of Brandin Cooks, but New England likes to make moves in the draft regardless. It is hard to imagine what they will give up to make a move on the first day of the draft, but Bill Belichick has never been afraid to make a move if he feels that it will make his team better in the long run.
7. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have been known to make trades on draft day and it could be possible that they move back to acquire more draft picks since they don’t have a fifth round pick this year. They don’t have a lot of needs on offense, but two of their biggest needs, defensive back and pass rush, are arguably the two deepest positions in this year’s draft. If they drop to the beginning of the second round and pick up an extra fourth round pick in the process to add more depth, that wouldn’t be surprising. The only reason that they wouldn’t is if they felt that the player that they really liked was at pick number 28 or if there wasn’t a team that wanted to get back into the first round. Other than that, the Cowboys could possibly move.
6. Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals make sense just because of who is picking in front of them and whom they might want. It is possible that all three quarterbacks might be there at pick number twelve for the Cleveland Browns to take whoever they like. That means if there is someone that the Cardinals’ like for the future once Carson Palmer retires, then they will have to move in front of Cleveland to pick that person up. New Orleans at eleven would make sense because they need to add depth to their defense and Carolina at eight because Carolina might like their options at thirteen and the possibly of adding an extra second or third and fifth might be too good to pass up.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars have a lot of talent in a lot of positions and don't necessarily need the fourth overall pick. If there is a team outside of the top five that is desperate for a top level talent and Jacksonville feels that they can get good value, then it would make sense to move down. Their biggest needs are offensive line and quarterback. It looks like the team isn't ready to move on from Blake Bortles yet and there isn't an offensive lineman in this draft worthy of a top ten pick. If the Jaguars can move back and still get the top offensive lineman in this draft, then it would make sense to move. If they are looking for a quarterback and don't feel comfortable taking whoever is available with the fourth pick, then they could always jump back into the first round to take someone at a better position in the draft.
4. Carolina Panthers
It makes sense for the Panthers to move down because they have a pretty good team already and there are three teams that could use a quarterback that are drafting later than Carolina. Arizona, Cleveland or Buffalo could feel that they need to move up and take a quarterback and Carolina adding some extra draft stock would be a nice move for them. Their two biggest needs are cornerback and running back and both positions should have a really good option for the Panthers at eight, ten, twelve or thirteen. The Panthers would make a lot of sense to make a move.
3. New Orleans Saints
The Saints have already acquired an extra first and third round pick, but it is unlikely that they are done making moves. The Saints have a lot of holes to fill on defense and have two quarterback needy teams drafting behind them. If they can move back a spot or two, pick up an extra fourth or fifth round pick and still get the player that they wanted, then they would be crazy not to do that. There is a lot of defensive talent in this draft and the Saints should be able to turn their team around quickly if they are able to get as much of the talent as possible.
2. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have already stated that they are willing to trade the number two pick and it makes sense because there isn’t a clear cut number two pick in this draft. That makes it challenging to find a partner to trade with, but if there is a team that falls in love with one of the quarterbacks and wants to get in front of Chicago, then they should be able to move. The only other reason that they wouldn’t trade out of the number two pick is because the Browns don’t select Myles Garrett. If Garrett slides to the number two pick, then San Francisco should stay and take him.
1. Cleveland Browns
It is unlikely that the Browns will trade the number one pick, but the number twelve pick is likely to be moved. The Browns have done a good job stockpiling picks in recent years and now have five picks in the first three rounds and could add more by moving back again. Adding more depth would make sense as the Browns have a lot of holes, but they could also move up if they feel that a player that they really want is there at eight or nine and they are afraid he won’t be there at twelve. Having those extra picks gives them a lot of flexibility and if a trade is made, there is a good chance that Cleveland will be one of those teams making it.
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