Last year, there were a record 19 trades in the first round of the NFL Draft. With the new collective bargaining agreement, first round picks don't cost as much, so teams are willing to wheel and deal to move around the board and acquire the prospects they are targeting.
The 2013 draft could approach that number. With a lack of top-end talent in the draft, plenty of teams will be looking to move back. The only question is, which teams will want to move up?
A handful of veteran players could get the trade wheels turning on the first night of the draft. Let's take a look at some of the possible trade scenarios we can watch out for next weekend.
This one is finally a done deal, or really close to it. News broke Sunday that the Jets and Bucs had agreed to a deal that includes Tampa Bay's 13th pick in the first round. The Jets now hold two picks in the top 13, which is obviously quite a bit of draft capital. That could create more trade possibilities for the Jets, who would be able to move down with one of those picks and recuperate some value. Either way, the cornerbacks shouldn't drop in the draft. If the Jets trade Revis, cornerback will become a big need. Then again, finding some way to fix that offense might be a bigger priority. Will first-year GM John Idzik take a chance on a quarterback?
The latest rumors have the Miami Dolphins as potential suitors for disgruntled Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert, and the price would likely be a second round pick. While that wouldn't directly impact the first round, the Dolphins draft habits would become easier to predict. If Miami can secure a tackle like Albert, the team won't need to trade up into the top 10 to secure one of the draft's best prospects at the position. At this point, the Dolphins have been the team most have pegged as a potential mover in the first round.
At one point it looked like Rodger Saffold wanted out of St. Louis, after the team acquired Jake Long. The Rams reportedly do not want to trade the right tackle, but there's always the chance that could change on draft day. Saffold wouldn't command more than a third or fourth round pick in a trade, but it could still impact the top of the draft. If a team feels as if Saffold is a worthy enough replacement at tackle, the market for the top three tackles in the draft could start to diminish a bit. Saffold may be seen as a cheaper fix by some teams considering moving into the top 10 for Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson.
More movement in St. Louis?
Speaking of the Rams, GM Les Snead is no stranger to wheeling and dealing. After the big swap with Washington last year, the Rams again moved down from the sixth spot to the 14th in the first round. Snead did some more swapping in the second round. Perhaps more telling is that Snead was a crucial figure in the Atlanta front office that made a blockbuster trade to move up in 2011 and take Alabama receiver Julio Jones. If the Rams are as committed to quarterback Sam Bradford as it seems, moving up to finally find him a real weapon at receiver like Tavon Austin, is a possibility.
Arizona moving up?
The Arizona Cardinals desperately need an offense tackle. While they could likely sit tight at No. 7 and land Johnson, the team may not be sold on him. If that's the case, a trade up into the top three would be necessary to land Joeckel or Fisher.
Vikings looking for a wide receiver?
After trading away Percy Harvin, the Minnesota Vikings now have two first round picks but a hole at wide receiver. Daniel Jeremiah is reporting that the team is interested in moving up in the draft to secure a wide receiver to take Harvin's place. West Virginia's Tavon Austin may be the most logical replacement given his skill set, but the Vikings may have to make a big jump to secure the likely top-12 pick.
The Atlanta Falcons have reportedly shown significant interest in Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan and Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. Both could be off the board in the first six picks of the draft, so the Falcons, who hold pick No. 30, would obviously need to make a big jump up the board to have a shot at either Jordan or Milliner. However, we have seen the Falcons make a move like this before. Just two years ago, the team traded with the Cleveland Browns to move up to the No. 6 pick from the No. 26 pick to obtain wide receiver Julio Jones. If Thomas Dimitroff wants a player, he is not afraid to do what it takes to get him on the roster. The Browns could be looking to move down, so maybe the Falcons could get in touch with the same trade partner that facilitated the last blockbuster.