The NFL Draft is one of the most fun sporting events of the year, despite the fact that there is no game action going on.
For three days, all 32 NFL teams meet to pick the players that they hope will lead them to the Promised Land for years to come. The hope is to hit a home run with your first and second-round picks and not wind up with that year's version of JaMarcus Russell. Then you find your diamonds in the rough in rounds three through seven.
But draft weekend is also the most active day in the NFL to make trades. Teams can trade draft picks for established veteran players or for higher spot in the draft so that those teams can pick the players that they see as the difference makers. Often you will also see teams trade out of their picks into lower slots in exchange for additional picks either in the current draft or in the future.
In fact, that tends to be the New England Patriots' draft plan year after year, and due to this strategy there's a chance that we will wake up one year to find the Patriots with every other pick in the draft (which of course they will wind up trading for more picks in future drafts).
Instead of a mock draft where I just predict who each team will pick in their own slot, I'll focus on what trades each team could make during the draft. Some might trade up, others might trade down. Some will even make trades that won't have anything to do with the draft.
Now, I should warn you before reading this that this is all speculation by me. I'm going to be plausible and not suggest outrageous one-sided deals for my team, the Miami Dolphins (that only works in Madden), but instead look at potential deals that could help each team going forward.
While you're reading this, feel free to also submit in the comments a draft-day deal you would be interested in seeing your team making; maybe you might come up with some better ideas than I could.