The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away, and with it always comes many surprises. Trades in the first round are pretty typical of the draft and even leading up to it (looking at you Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles). This year that hasn’t happened yet, but I expect some noise come draft night.
Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers
With the number of picks they amassed thanks to the Rams love of Jared Goff, I could see the Browns making a power play and trading up to the second overall pick to grab not only Myles Garrett, but Cleveland native Mitch Trubisky as well. This trade makes sense for both sides. The 49ers are no doubt looking to trade down. Cleveland is looking for their franchise quarterback and they have more than enough ammunition to pull this off. A trade would probably look something like this: Cleveland gets the 49ers first (#2) and fourth (#109) round picks, and the 49ers receive #12, #33, and Cleveland’s 2018 first round pick.
Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints
The Texans are looking hard at quarterbacks in this draft, but it’s unlikely that any of the top ones fall all the way to their first pick at #25. They’ll have to move up if they want to get their guy, and the main team they need to worry about is the Arizona Cardinals, who pick at #13. The Cardinals have been rumored to be going quarterback in the first round for months now, with Carson Palmer beginning to show his age. What’s more, both teams are reportedly high on former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Saints are in a unique spot here where anyone they end up drafting will probably be a reach, so they stand to gain quite a bit by trading back. Here’s what a trade might look like: Houston gets the Saints first (#11), and New Orleans gets Houston’s first (#25), second (#57), and 2018 second.
Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts
With Reuben Foster failing his combine medical re-check, it’s very possible he starts slipping on the first day of the draft. If he falls into the mid-teens, I see a very real scenario where the Dolphins, who have a big need at linebacker, trade up to grab the talented but injured Alabama product. Kiko Alonso is decent, but Neville Hewitt and Koa Misi don’t inspire a ton of confidence. Once he’s healthy, Foster could immediately be Miami’s best linebacker and provide much-needed support for their fearsome defensive line. Indianapolis could be tempted to take Foster for themselves, but they stand to gain more by trading back and accumulating picks. The trade would likely look something like this: Miami receives the Colts first (#15), and Indianapolis receives the Dolphins first (#22), third (#97), fifth (#184), and 2018 fourth.