Teams most likely to trade up and down in the NFL Draft

4/9/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Oakland Raiders (3rd overall): The Raiders are in an all-out rebuilding mode, and they have quite a few areas of need on their roster. Currently without a second-round pick, they would certainly love an opportunity to stockpile a few more selections and round out their roster with some young, quality players. I'd imagine they will be willing to listen to any team that calls to explore the acquisition of that 3rd overall pick, quite possibly a team looking to draft one of the top tackles.

Cleveland Browns (6th overall): Believe it or not, I don't think that there will be anyone worth taking at 6th overall that fills a big need for the Browns. Most of the top players in this draft are defensive linemen, outside linebackers, and offensive linemen. The Browns are pretty well off in those areas. They could very well trade down to go after a cornerback (especially if Dee Milliner is off the board), wide receiver, or tight end. Their 6th overall pick is some prime real estate for teams looking for tackles, as it is one pick before the Cardinals. If Lane Johnson is available at 6, I doubt the Browns would take him, but I am almost positive that the Cardinals would take him at 7. If a team like the Dolphins wants Johnson, they'll likely have to jump the Cardinals to make it happen. I see the Browns as the most likely trade partner.

Buffalo Bills (8th overall): In my opinion, the Bills' biggest needs are at linebacker, wide receiver, and quarterback. I'm not sure that there is a linebacker or receiver worth taking at 8th overall (assuming Dion Jordan is off the board). They could pull the trigger on Geno Smith if he's available, but I have a feeling that the Bills will target Ryan Nassib in the late-first/early-second round. If they trade down with a mid-first round team, they can put themselves in a position to draft a linebacker or receiver, as well as add ammo to move into the late-first and select Nassib.

There will be trades during the draft. Will there be any in the top-ten? We won't know until the time comes, but it is not at all uncommon to see a team get aggressive at the last minute and make a bold move. These are just a few of the teams that I feel are most likely to be involved in trades on draft day. We'll find out if any of these teams pull the trigger on a trade on April 25th.
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