2012 NFL Draft Order: Teams That Must Trade Down on Draft Day

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IJanuary 14, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 1: Quarterback Peyton Manning and offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen of the Indianapolis Colts look on during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on January 1, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Colts 19-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The playoff-crazed NFL inches closer to the Super Bowl, as the anticipation and excitement is only just beginning.

Yet many forget that the Super Bowl for those teams that failed to make the postseason is the NFL draft, where these teams get a chance to draft promising young prospects in hopes of eventually making the postseason.

The 2012 draft, set to be underway April 26, features countless intriguing prospects and an especially interesting draft order. Questions now begin to arise, as many of the weaker teams in the league with high picks have to not only consider trading up, but also trading down for a greater number of draft picks.

Here are the three teams in the NFL draft that have to consider trading down before making their selections.

Indianapolis Colts (No. 1 pick in 2012 NFL Draft)

With the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft...the Indianapolis Colts should select...nobody.

The Colts have to be thinking better "Luck" next time, as the wise decision for the franchise is trading down for more draft picks and keeping a surefire Hall of Fame talent in Peyton Manning as the team's starting QB.

It's a decision easier said than done for this franchise, who are said to be interested in selecting QB Andrew Luck out of Stanford. This year's top prospect is said do be a surefire talent in the league and put on quite the display in his final season with the Cardinal.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal calls signals out at the line of scrimmage as he stands under center against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadiu
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Yet, considering Manning's immense contract and the fact that he is still playing arguably the best football of his career, keeping Manning is the answer. With more draft picks, the Colts can add more pieces to their secondary as well as offensive line and patch up some holes this team has.

One of the more talented 2-14 teams this league has ever seen, the Colts make the right decision trading down in the 2012 NFL Draft and in turn, giving up Luck.

Miami Dolphins (No.9/10 pick in 2012 NFL Draft)

The Miami Dolphins are a team that benefit tremendously trading down in this year's draft, as they are a team that boasts an impressive amount of talent.

It was clear that the Dolphins had one of the more solid teams in the AFC East as the season came to a close. Miami finished the season with the No. 11-ranked rushing attack and the No. 3 defense against the run.

A team that started off the season an atrocious 0-7, finished the season 6-10 as winners of six of their last nine games. This streak included two wins over the Bills, a blowout victory over Oakland and a solid win over the Jets to finish off the year.

With a solid offensive line, RB Reggie Bush in the backfield and a sound rush defense that could pick up play in the secondary, the Dolphins could use the extra draft picks to add pieces to the secondary and polish up the wide receiving core.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01:  Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins talks with head coach Mike Shanahan during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by R
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Washington Redskins (No. 6 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft)

The once 3-0 Washington Redskins would finish off the season in familiar fashion, failing to gain momentum on the offensive side of the football and ultimately missing postseason action.

The Redskins face a difficult situation with the No. 6 selection, as it would undoubtedly be in the team's best interest to take a QB with the pick. Yet at No. 6, it is more than likely both Andrew Luck and Baylor Bears Heisman sensation Robert Griffin III will be taken.

If the Redskins plan on making a move to better the team now, the Redskins have to be thinking they should trade down to possibly the No. 10 or 11 pick. With this trade down, the team can still pick up a solid top-three-or-four QB in this year's draft and will have more picks at its disposal.

With a troubling spot at No. 6, expect a team like the Redskins to make moves on draft day.

2012 NFL Draft Order (through Wildcard weekend)

No. 1 - Indianapolis Colts

No. 2 - St. Louis Rams

No. 3 - Minnesota Vikings

No. 4 - Cleveland Browns

No. 5 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

No. 6 - Washington Redskins

No. 7 - Jacksonville Jaguars

No. 8/9 - Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins (to be determined by coin flip)

No. 10 - Buffalo Bills

No. 11/12 - Kansas City Cheifs, Seattle Seahawks (to be determined by coin flip)

No. 13 - Arizona Cardinals

No. 14 - Dallas Cowboys

No. 15 - Philadelphia Eagles

No. 16 - New York Jets

No. 17 - Oakland Raiders (Goes to Cincinnati Bengals)

No. 18 - San Diego Chargers

No. 19 - Chicago Bears

No. 20 - Tennessee Titans

No. 21 - Cincinnati Bengals

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10:  (L-R) Coach Art Briles and Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner Robert Griffin III of the Baylor Bears speak at a press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevan
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No. 22 - Atlanta Falcons (Goes to Cleveland Browns)

No. 23 - Detroit Lions

No. 24 - Pittsburgh Steelers

No. 25 -Denver Broncos

No. 26 -New York Giants

No. 27 -New Orleans Saints

No. 28 -Baltimore Ravens

No. 29 -San Francisco 49ers

No. 30 -New England Patriots

No. 31 - Green Bay Packers


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