Lions, Giants Among Teams That Could Trade Down

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Anthony Miller
I am currently an NFL Contributor for Infinity Sports Network as well as NFL Draft Contributor for NFL Draft Lounge. I also write about the NFL, XFL, and arena football for multiple websites.

The most excitement fans see from the NFL Draft is when teams trade their picks to each other. It builds suspense on who a team will take and what they gave up for the pick. This year, teams like the Lions, Giants, Browns, and Cardinals might be thinking about a trade.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler had posted on Twitter Tuesday that at least three teams could trade down.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero also reported Wednesday that the Cardinals could trade down as well.

The Lions is not a surprise being in the market to trade down as they want to take advantage of quarterback needy teams. New York could be in the same boat as the Giants could hear calls for a team that needs a quarterback. The Cardinals (8th pick) and Browns (10th pick) will use their pick for teams trading up for a receiver or offensive lineman.

All four teams will be looking to load up on picks. They can all wait to drop a few picks down to still get the players they want. At least four quarterbacks could go within the top 15 so this could work in favor of those four teams. The question would be how they would go about those trades.

Detroit Lions (3rd Pick)

Detroit has nine draft picks entering the draft and has ammunition to make moves. They are aware of teams like the Miami Dolphins who could trade up for a quarterback. It would make sense for the Lions to engage conversations to load up on draft picks with Miami. The Lions would be able to land a future first round pick from the Dolphins to get a quarterback.

New York Giants (4th Pick)

The draft does feature a deep class of offensive lineman that could be taken within the top ten. New York is in need of offensive line help so trading down could load up on picking up picks while still getting their guy. The LA Chargers could be in play to trade up to draft a quarterback if they wanted to.

Arizona Cardinals (8th Pick)

This spot will be reserved for the receiver class as it has be classified as one of the deepest in history. Teams like Denver and Philadelphia are in need of help at receiver. Arizona can take advantage and try to pick up some picks for this year’s draft. They are without a second round pick so landing on would help with focusing on depth.

Cleveland Browns (10th Pick)

The Browns underachieved last season, but still has plenty of talent around them to be successful. Like Arizona, the Browns can trade down for a team that is focused on drafting a receiver or even a quarterback if one of the tops four is still available. More likely, Utah State quarterback Jordan Love would be available to pick. New England would be a underrated team to watch out for to draft a quarterback.

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