Building off the anticipation for the NFL Draft, rumors always come rolling around involving trades. Many teams look to try to trade up or trade down to get what they need. There are multiple scenarios that could happen among the teams in the draft. Here is a list of five trades that must happen on the first night.
Top Draft Trade: Lions (3rd) to Dolphins (5th)
This one would be the most likely trade to happen as it benefits both teams. Lions need to load up on picks and the Dolphins need to draft their guy. It’s a win-win situation.
Detroit has a lot of needs and could use more draft picks to fill those needs. Cornerback Jeff Okudah has been many expert’s prediction since they need to replace Darius Slay. They could afford to wait and push back to the 5th pick to get him. The Lions can take advantage of a quarterback-needy team and pick up some needed draft picks.
The Dolphins need a quarterback. They also need an offensive tackle. NFL.com posted a story Wednesday suggesting the Dolphins might be moving up for a tackle, not quarterback. The team has plenty of needs, but going for a tackle would be a major surprise. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been the projected pick for months. If the team passes on Tagovailoa and go with an offensive tackle, it would be a major surprise.
Trade Two: Giants (4th) to Chargers (6th)
Very similar situation from the Lions-Dolphins scenario. The Giants have many needs and could use more draft picks. Los Angeles is still in need of a future quarterback and could trade up to pick one. If the rumors are true and Miami trades up for a tackle, it might push the Giants to trade down.
New York has a problem on their offensive line. One of the big name tackles brought up in the draft has been Tristan Wirfs. If he is taken before then, the Giants could consider moving their 4th pick. They have other needs and could us this time to move back to load up on picks. It would be a good situation for them.
Tyrod Taylor appears to be the man leading the Chargers franchise for now. Does it mean he’s their guy 5-10 years down the road? Not likely. Depending on what the Dolphins do should they move up could depend on who Los Angeles takes. Justin Herbert appears to be the clear cut pick if he’s available. If Tagovailoa is somehow there at four, the Chargers need to pick him and let him sit behind Taylor.
Trade Three: Cardinals (8th) to Broncos (15th)
The Cardinals did plenty in the offseason to get better. Adding a weapon like DeAndre Hopkins to their offense instantly makes them one of the best offenses in the NFL. More draft picks gives them the opportunity to add depth and fills other needs. They are without a second round pick and could try to pursue filling that void with this trade out of the top ten.
Denver has a glaring need for a wide receiver after Emmanuel Sanders was traded in the middle of last season. Courtland Sutton appears to be on track to be a strong number one receiver. He’s going to need a partner to help him out in the passing game. Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy or Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb are most likely the guys they should move up for.
Trade Four: Browns (10th) to Cowboys (17th)
Cleveland had a tough 2019 season, but the talent appears to still be there. They need help with depth and could use some help on defense. There is an opportunity here to trade down and still get one of the top linebackers in the draft, plus add more picks. The offensive line is also deep in the draft and Cleveland could wait to pick one should they trade down.
Jerry Jones has always been aggressive with his offseason moves whether in free agency or the draft. He has a chance to make a major statement by trading up for a team that’s already loaded. If Dallas trades up, they could either get some help in the secondary or provide Dak Prescott another receiver to throw it to. The wide receivers are good in this draft and Jones has a chance to make a splash. Pulling off a trade like this without giving up a future first round pick would be a major win for Dallas.
Trade Five: Buccaneers (14th) to Patriots (23rd)
This is a fun one to play around with. After executing the most surprising trade of the offseason, the Buccaneers and Patriots decide to join again for a draft day trade.
The Buccaneers are filled with enough talent now that it isn’t necessary to keep their pick. Their offense is loaded and the defense was not their problem last season. Since they have a few former Patriots on their team, it might not be a bad idea to follow their strategy. Load up on draft picks to help with adding depth to the roster.
This would not be something the Patriots typically since they usually trade down, but it’s fun to examine it. The only way this happens is if Bill Belichick has confidence that Utah State quarterback Jordan Love can be a starter. Love has been projected to be traded between picks 10 and 32. If he’s still there at 14, the Patriots may want to pull the trigger on getting a potential franchise quarterback.