One of the best parts of the NFL draft every year is the flurry of trades that take place before and during the event. Unlike most other sports, the NFL doesn't feature a lot of action on the market between teams, so the draft is a nice change of pace from what we usually get.
We see at least one major trade—involving players and/or draft picks—every year, and there is no reason to think that this year will be no different.
As we know, though, not all trades are created equally. There are some teams that are just itching to get out of their spot to maximize the value of their pick, and others are clamoring to move up because they feel they need to get the hot prospect.
So which teams are going to make a bad trade to move up this year?
Cleveland BrownsThe Browns own two picks in the first round—No. 4 and 22—so what on earth would they be doing trading up?
It boggles my mind, but apparently Sam Wyche of NFL.com thinks that it is going to happen. Robert Griffin III is obviously the player they are going to target, but does anyone see him going before they pick at No. 4?
There is no rhyme or reason for the Browns to make a deal to move up two spots and give up the extra pick or two that they would have to in order to make St. Louis happy.
Washington RedskinsWe all know that the Redskins need a quarterback if they want to contend some time this decade, and Robert Griffin III is probably not going to be there for the taking with the sixth overall pick.
However, this team has a lot more problems than just the quarterback position. They need help at almost every skill position. It would be in their best interest to try trading down, acquiring more picks and drafting someone like Nick Foles or Ryan Tannehill.
RG3 might end up being a franchise quarterback, but this team has wasted too many draft picks in bad trades and underachieving picks in the past to give up what they would have to in order to move ahead of Cleveland to take him.
Miami DolphinsPerhaps I am just buying into foolish late-season performances, but Matt Moore should be given the chance to start for the Dolphins in 2012. He played well when Chad Henne went down, and the team responded with six wins in the final nine games once he got comfortable.
This team is not far off from contention, even after a 6-10 record in 2011. They have to make a couple of tweaks on offense, like at wide receiver and offensive line, in order to compete for a wild-card spot next season.
Those positions will have good talent available to them at the No. 8 or 9 spot, wherever they pick after a coin toss with Carolina. Don't mortgage the future to make a deal you don't have to.
2012 NFL Draft Order
*Coin flip needed to break tie
Picks 29-32 to be determined by playoffs
1. Indianapolis Colts (2-14)
2. St. Louis Rams (2-14)
3. Minnesota Vikings (3-13)
4. Cleveland Browns (4-12)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
6. Washington Redskins (5-11)
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
8.* Carolina Panthers (6-10)
8.* Miami Dolphins (6-10)
10. Buffalo Bills (6-10)
11.* Kansas City Chiefs (7-9)
11.* Seattle Seahawks (7-9)
13. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
14. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
15. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8)
16. New York Jets (8-8)
17. Cincinnati Bengals from OAK (8-8)
18. San Diego Chargers (8-8)
19. Chicago Bears (8-8)
20. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
21. Cincinnati Bengals (9-7)
22. Cleveland Browns from ATL (10-6)
23. Detroit Lions (10-6)
24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
25. Denver Broncos (8-8)
26. Houston Texans (10-6)
27. New England Patriots from NOLA (13-3)
28. Green Bay Packers (15-1)