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2013 NFL Draft Order: Teams That Should Trade Back on Draft Day

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 23:   Chad Henne #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars scrambles for yardage during the game against the New England Patriots at EverBank Field on December 23, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2013

Now that the NFL regular season has ended, every team not in the playoffs has to turn its sights onto next year, and specifically the NFL draft.

While there are a number of ways to improve a team, the draft gives organizations and fans the most hope. Hundreds of players are available to hopefully make an impact for both the near future and long term. 

However, it is important to remember all of your options on draft day. Front offices often help build for the future by trading back in the draft in order to get more selections to improve the roster.

The Kansas City Chiefs have to consider this for the first overall pick, but the team's need for a quarterback might be too great to pass up.

For these teams though, trading would be the smartest thing to do on draft day.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Although the Jaguars can pick a real game-changer with the No. 2 pick, this team has too many needs to solve with one player.

Only two teams scored fewer points this year than Jacksonville, and the squad also allowed the third-most points defensively. This requires a lot of help.

The quarterback class is weaker than last season, so the Jaguars should use this draft to fill as many other positions as possible. This could help improve the defensive front that struggled all year.

In addition, the team can attempt to get a future first-round pick in a trade to keep its options open for 2014. 

 

Tennessee Titans

Like the Jaguars, Tennessee has a lot of areas of need.

Jake Locker struggled at times, but he deserves another chance to prove he can be the quarterback of the future. However, the rest of the squad is filled with question marks.

The Titans finished the regular season ranked 20th or lower in passing offense, rushing offense, passing defense, rushing defense and giveaways. One player selected at No. 10 will not be able to fix all of this.

Tennessee needs multiple picks to strengthen the offensive line, similar to the San Francisco 49ers in the 2010 draft when they selected both guard Mike Iupati and tackle Anthony Davis in the first round.

This might be the only way for the team to improve heading into next season. 

 

New York Jets

After watching the failed experiments of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow at quarterback, the Jets need someone to take over the position for the long term. 

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that anyone sitting at No. 9 will be worth the selection. Instead, they can either use this spot to fill another need, or trade back and acquire multiple picks. 

Moving back would be a smarter move, since there is not too much difference between the top quarterbacks in this draft and those that will be available on Day 2. Prior to that moment, the team can help solidify a struggling offensive line and add some more talent in other areas.

The quarterback position was the focal point for the Jets this season, but it is obvious that the issues go much deeper than that. Still, you can be certain that the team will do everything in its power to avoid another embarrassing season like this past one.

 

First Round Draft Order (Picks 21-32 will be determined by playoff results)

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14)

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14)

3. Oakland Raiders (4-12)

4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12)

5. Detroit Lions (4-12)

6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)

7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)

8. Buffalo Bills (6-10)

9. New York Jets (6-10)

10. Tennessee Titans (6-10)

11. San Diego Chargers (7-9)

12. Miami Dolphins (7-9)

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)

14. Carolina Panthers (7-9)

15. New Orleans Saints (7-9)

16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1)

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)

18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)

19. New York Giants (9-7)

20. Chicago Bears (10-6)

21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)

22. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

23. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

24. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)

25. St. Louis Rams (From Washington Redskins)

26. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

27. Green Bay Packers (11-5)

28. Houston Texans (12-4)

29. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)

30. New England Patriots (12-4)

31. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)

32. Denver Broncos (13-3)

 

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