With the 2013 NFL draft order the hot topic of discussion for the teams not participating in Wild Card Weekend, there are certain teams that would be better off making a move in the first round instead of selecting where they are slotted now.
Some teams just need more help than others.
When the NFL draft finally does arrive on April 25, all of the following teams should be considering trade offers with the betterment of the organization in mind.
Philadelphia Eagles (4-12)
With a strong core of young skill players and a mix of veterans looking to make an impact, the Philadelphia Eagles are closer to being playoff worthy than their 4-12 record indicates.
Unless the team’s new head coach wants to take a franchise quarterback at the No. 4 spot—no quarterback in this class is worthy of that selection—the Eagles would be wise to trade back in the first round and accumulate more picks and players.
The Eagles need major upgrades on the offensive line, so instead of taking Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel at No. 4, Philadelphia could trade back to the middle of the first round and get another second-round and third-round pick for their troubles.
Philadelphia needs quality and quantity when it comes to offensive linemen.
New Orleans Saints (7-9)
The New Orleans Saints are one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the NFL, but a complete lack of defensive aptitude this season (31st against the pass and 32nd against the run) killed their chances at the playoffs.
New Orleans must use the 2013 draft as a way to replenish the defensive side of the ball.
Instead of staying at No. 15 in the first round taking a risk on a player that doesn’t fit their scheme, the Saints should move up into the early stages of the draft and select an elite pass rusher like Georgia outside linebacker/defensive end Jarvis Jones.
While Jones wouldn’t fix all the other issues the Saints have on that side of the ball, he has the ability to be the playmaker that New Orleans needs disrupting its opponents’ QBs.
St. Louis Rams (7-8-1)
When the St. Louis Rams hired veteran head coach Jeff Fisher to lead the franchise into a new generation, the team started by trading out of the No. 2 pick and accumulating an abundance of picks.
Now is the time for the Rams to cash in and create a package of draft selections that could lure a team into a trade; the move could possibly give St. Louis two picks in the top 16 selections.
The Rams have a serious need for offensive line help, though, so if trading with a team like Philadelphia in the top five would only cost St. Louis one of its first-round picks and a few second- or third-round picks, that’s an investment worth making.
The top offseason priority for St. Louis must be protecting young quarterback Sam Bradford.
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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