2013 NFL Draft: Five teams in top 12 looking to trade down

Chris Chambers

The trade market for teams could be influenced by the availability of three players, in particular.

With two days until the 2013 NFL Draft begins, there are several teams already working on jockeying for position in the top 12 picks. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins have all made calls in the interest of trading away their top 12 selections to move down in the draft order.

The three players that might be the ones spurring action for these teams are Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher, Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson and Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.

If Fisher manages to slide past both the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Oakland Raiders, owners of the second and third picks, it's difficult to imagine the Lions passing on him with the fifth pick. Teams interested in Fisher would instead have to call up the Eagles, owners of the fourth pick, to acquire him.

In the event that Fisher is off the board, the Lions may be in a position where they are not sold on anyone in the top five and could look to trade back as well. The most logical selection for the Browns is Milliner, so the Lions could look to ship the fifth pick off to a cornerback-needy team.

The other player that could influence the trade market in the top 10 is Johnson, considered by most to be the third-best offensive tackle by a wide margin. With the tackle-needy Cardinals at the seventh pick, teams in need of a tackle may need to trade with the Browns to secure a player they feel could start right away.

In the case of the Bills and Dolphins, owners of the No. 8 and 12 selections, their trade market is most likely dependent upon highly-rated players slipping further than expected and spurring action from teams later in the Draft order that couldn't afford to go much higher.

On Monday, SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn evaluated how some possible 2013 NFL Draft trades could happen and who could be involved in the moves.

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