2012 NFL Draft: 5 Trades That Could Shake Up the First Round
Draft trades are some of the craziest and most fun moves to predict. Last year, the Falcons traded a boatload to move up and grab Julio Jones, opening up their offense to new levels.
This year, the Redskins already made a huge splash by mortgaging their future to try and presumably grab one of the top QBs in the draft.
But there will most likely be more trades in the first 32 picks.
Three teams have multiple first-rounders, and a few top 10 teams are looking to make a deal and add more players.
Remember, these are all hypothetical with some reality behind them. So will your team be moving up, down or just sitting back and waiting?
Broncos Sign Mike Wallace / Send 1st Rounder to Pittsburgh
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Steelers get: Broncos 2012 first round pick (25)
Broncos get: Mike Wallace (contract: 5yr/$60 million)
Steelers fans have been bracing themselves for months hoping this move wouldn't happen but there is a real possibility it does.
It just makes too much sense not to.
The Broncos acquired Peyton Manning and yet haven't put any notable receiving pieces around him. They also still have a ton of cap room.
Wallace is better right now than any receiver the Broncos could get with the 25th pick. And when you sign a guy like Manning, your objective better be to win now.
As for the Steelers, this would be a major blow, but it shouldn't keep them from continuing to be playoff contenders. Pittsburgh would still get a first-round pick and could use it on a guy like Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill who can stretch the field and provide a big body for the Steelers offense.
This trade would have to happen sometime very soon as the restricted free agency deadline is fast approaching.
Patriots Send Both Ones and a Two to Jaguars for 7th Overall Pick
Patriots round 1 picks (27, 31) and second round pick (62)
Jaguars first round pick (7)
I know New England had a great regular season and made it to the Super Bowl, but their defense has been atrocious the last few years. Bill Belichick knows it's time he gets his defense back, and that starts in the trenches.
There's no chance a top defensive tackle like LSU's Michael Brockers gets to New England who doesn't pick until 27, so if they want him that badly, they'll have to move up.
Jacksonville might be the perfect trade partner.
The Jags are very close to having a top defense in this league but are very far off on the offensive end. Jacksonville could really use all the picks they can to add offensive weapons for Blaine Gabbert.
I'm not so sure the Jags are sold on UNC defensive end Quinton Coples, and if they aren't, this trade might just make sense.
With the 27th and 31st picks, the Jags can get both a pass-rusher like Nick Perry or Andre Branch, and a wide receiver like Stephen Hill or Alshon Jeffrey.
Dolphins Trade with Vikings to Acquire Ryan Tannehill
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Dolphins 2012 and 2013 first rounders, 2012 second rounder and 2013 third rounder
Vikings 2012 first round pick (3rd overall)
Call it cliche, but the Dolphins have to make a splash in the draft.
After missing out on head coach Jeff Fisher and quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn, a perception is growing that players don't want to play for Miami.
Ryan Tannehill's stock is absolutely soaring at the moment, and most people think he's not getting past the Browns at pick No. 4.
Lucky for the Dolphins, Minnesota is very interested in moving down.
Reports say that the Vikings don't want to move back past the sixth pick, but with what Miami would be willing to give up, I doubt they'd refuse over two spots.
Eagles Swap Spots with Browns to Grab Peters Replacement
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Eagles 2012 first round pick, 2012 and 2013 second round pick and 2012 fourth round pick
Browns 2012 first round pick, 2012 fifth round pick
Losing Jason Peters for the 2012 (and maybe the 2013) season due to an Achilles tear was a huge blow for Philadelphia. Peters was maybe the best offensive lineman in football last season and will have to be replaced immediately.
If Ryan Tannehill is still on the board at four, then there's no way this happens. But Andy Reid and Mike Holmgren have a very strong relationship, and these two are used to making deals.
The Browns would still have two first-round picks and the ability to get some playmakers for an offense that's majorly lacking.
Philadelphia has a lot of draft picks to play with, the Eagles have shown they haven't been afraid of moving up when they like a player.
Bengals Move Up to 10 for Receiver Michael Floyd
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Bills get: Bengals 2012 first round picks (17, 21) and 2012 third round pick
Bengals get: Bills 2012 first round pick (10) and 2012 fourth round pick
Cincinnati's offense was better than expected last season as the rookie connection of Andy Dalton to A.J. Green exploded.
But the team doesn't have a true No. 2 option, and Jerome Simpson's future with the team is still up in the air.
Adding Michael Floyd automatically gives Bengals a stellar one-two punch on the outside and gets Dalton another weapon to attack the vaunted AFC North defenses.
The Bills were very active in free agency and don't have a ton of draft needs. If they can move back and still get two first-round picks, they should really consider making a move.