NFL Draft 2012: 8 Blockbuster Trades We Want to See on Draft Day
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The anticipation of Roger Goodell coming to the podium on draft night ranks pretty high for all NFL fans. When he announces a trade, the possibilities are almost endless. No team's needs match up perfectly with its draft picks, and that means trades.
The biggest trade from 2011 was the Atlanta Falcons trading five draft picks to the Cleveland Browns for the sixth pick and Julio Jones. The Browns needed to rebuild, and the Falcons felt they were one player away from having an elite offense.
The Browns weren't done, as they traded up from 27th to 21st, giving away a third-rounder in the process to get Phil Taylor.
The ultimate traders in 2011 were the Washington Redskins. After trading their first-round pick (10th overall) for the Jacksonville Jaguars' first- and second-round picks, they traded that second-round pick down three times, yielding four more picks. It was very unlike Washington to add picks instead of subtract them.
No one was shocked when the New England Patriots made a deal with the New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders to earn extra picks in the first and second rounds this year. Someday, the Patriots will keep all of their picks.
There were 22 draft trades in 2011. How many will we see in 2012? Fans hope for as many as possible because we can mull over Mel Kiper's hair for only so long.
Dolphins Trade Up to Get Tannehill
Tannehill's the most intriguing QB prospect of 2012.
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The Cleveland Browns need a quarterback. The Miami Dolphins need a quarterback. The Browns and Dolphins make a deal to help save Jeff Ireland's job.
The Miami Dolphins trade their first-round pick (eighth overall), two third-round picks (72nd and 73rd) and 2013 first-round pick for Cleveland's fourth overall pick. The Browns give themselves enough ammunition to consider a trade up for next year's potential No. 1 overall pick in Matt Barkley.
Jets Trade Up to Get Melvin Ingram
Get this man some defense. And a bleeping snack.
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The New York Jets need pass-rush help. Last year's team sack leader was David Harris, an inside linebacker. The Jets finished tied for 17th with 35 sacks as a team.
Melvin Ingram of South Carolina would fit in nicely, and he's not making it to the Jets' 16th overall pick. The Jaguars traded up from 16th last year to get Blaine Gabbert. They're going to be happy to trade down this year.
New York Jets trade their first (16th overall) and second (47th overall) picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars for their seventh overall pick.
Bengals Trade Up for a Dynamic WR Duo
Keeping Blackmon in black and orange would make Bengals' fans happy.
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For most of the pre-draft process, Justin Blackmon has been the No. 1 wideout prospect. In some scenarios, he drops out of the first 10 picks.
The Philadelphia Eagles' pick (15th overall) comes up, and suddenly they're overwhelmed with phone calls. The Jaguars would be ecstatic to get him after trading out of the seventh overall pick, but they are outbid. The Cincinnati Bengals make a rare move up to get the pick and take Blackmon.
The Philadelphia Eagles trade their 15th overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for their first-round pick (17th overall) and third-round pick (83rd overall).
Rams Get Back in the Late First
Brockers would fit in nicely with the Rams' defensive scheme.
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The St. Louis Rams have not done well in recent drafts. This is one reason why they traded down from the second pick to the sixth pick. Teams can sit on their extra picks or use them to maneuver through the draft to get a player they really want.
In this version of events, the Rams pick up Trent Richardson at the sixth overall pick. They see Michael Brockers sliding to the end of the first round and decide to trade up to get him. Their dance partner is the Houston Texans.
The St. Louis Rams trade their second-round (33rd overall) and fourth-round (96th overall) picks to the Houston Texans for pick No. 26.
Colts Slide Back in Second Round
The Eagles offense could use a stud tight end.
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The Indianapolis Colts unloaded a lot of their key players of the Peyton Manning era. In order to get back to their glory days, they will need more than Andrew Luck. The Philadelphia Eagles love draft-day trades, and while they rarely move up, they do for the right player.
Coby Fleener is that player. He's been linked to the Colts in a lot of mock drafts because of the connection with Luck.
The Indianapolis Colts trade their second-round pick (34th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles for their two second-round picks (46th and 51st).
Giants Unload Umenyiora
One two-time Super Bowl champ could be on the move.
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Osi Umenyiora has been the subject of trade rumors since last summer. He stayed with the New York Giants last year to earn his second Super Bowl ring. With Jake Ballard probably out for the year with ACL and microfracture surgery and Ahmad Bradshaw's foot continuing to be a problem, the Giants need help on offense.
The New York Giants trade Osi Umenyiora to the Seattle Seahawks for their second-round pick (43rd overall).
Pats Add Picks Again
All he wants is to eat your draft picks.
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There can't be an NFL draft without the New England Patriots adding future picks.
The Detroit Lions have tried to pick up their running back of the future for two drafts in a row. Jahvid Best is always going to be a concussion worry, and last year's second-round pick, Mikel Leshoure, is recovering from an Achilles tear in the 2011 training camp. Two recent arrests for marijuana are not helping his case.
Near the end of the second round, David Wilson is still on the board. This is when Bill Belichick comes to Martin Mayhew like Rumpelstiltskin to make a deal.
The Patriots trade their late second-round pick (62nd overall) to the Detroit Lions for the Lions' third-round pick (85th overall) and 2013 second-round pick.
Broncos Continue Championship Push
The Broncos could use another cornerback.
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The Denver Broncos are in a win-now mode. They can't wait for raw draft prospects to develop. The Philadelphia Eagles love getting extra picks and have a cornerback surplus. Asante Samuel is going to look good in orange and blue.
The Denver Broncos trade their third-round pick (87th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles for Asante Samuel.