2013 NFL Draft: 5 Players Who May Tempt Playoff Teams to Trade Up in Round 1

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2013 NFL Draft: 5 Players Who May Tempt Playoff Teams to Trade Up in Round 1
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Two years ago, the Atlanta Falcons traded five draft picks to the Cleveland Browns to move up 21 spots in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft to select former Alabama receiver Julio Jones.  While many fans were surprised that Atlanta was willing to invest so many draft picks in a wide receiver, the Falcons felt that Jones was the "explosive" weapon their offense needed to get them over the hump in the playoffs.

Atlanta's bold move was not unprecedented.  Indeed, since 2007 four other teams coming off playoff berths have traded away packages of draft picks to move up in the first round and acquire players they truly coveted.

In the 2010 draft, the San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles each traded multiple draft picks to move up for running back Ryan Matthews (12th pick) and defensive end Brandon Graham (13th pick), respectively.  The 2008 draft saw the Jacksonville Jaguars follow up their last playoff appearance by jumping up into the top ten to take defensive end Derrick Harvey. 

Finally, Darrelle Revis probably wouldn't be a Jet if New York hadn't traded three draft picks to the Carolina Panthers to acquire the 14th pick in the 2007 draft following the Jets' playoff loss to the Patriots earlier that year.

Will any of the teams who competed in this year's postseason make a similar move to land a coveted prospect from the 2013 draft class? 

Let's take a look at five players that general managers from playoff teams will be tempted to trade up for in the first round this April.

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