2013 NFL Draft Order: Teams Most Likely to Wheel and Deal in First Round

Shawn BrubakerContributor IIFebruary 11, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected #10 overall by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Some teams love draft-day trades. Others will stay put no matter what. Some are thrilled at where they are in the draft. Others need to move to find an impact player at a position of need. When those moves happen in the first round, they are big news, and there is sure to be plenty of big moves in 2013.

Multiple teams have needs that don't fit the talent that will be available at a certain juncture. Those teams will be sure to try to make a move on draft day.

Others, like the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots, are renowned for their constant motion on draft day, so they can be expected to again be involved in a few trades.

Let's take a look at these and other teams most likely to move around in the first round.


New England Patriots

A fun fact: Under Bill Belicheck, the Patriots have made a trade in the draft every year, save one (2004). The Patriots love their draft-day trades, and you had better be sure they'll make some in 2013.

In this year's draft, I'd expect the Pats to trade down. They have just four picks and a lot of needs.

Meanwhile, the talent lines up nicely for the Patriots to trade down. Their biggest needs are receiver and pass-rusher, and there is a good chance a player at one of those positions will be available in the second round.

Tons of talented receivers should go off the board in the second round, including Tavon Austin, DeAndre Hopkins and Da'Rick Rogers. The Patriots could trade back into the second round, land a coveted receiver and get a few extra picks to boot. Expect them to do just that come draft day.


Baltimore Ravens

Like the Patriots, the Ravens are renowned for their wheeling and dealing. Two of the past three years, the Ravens have traded out of the first round entirely. Since the talent available at the 32nd overall pick will likely not match up with the Ravens' needs, they will be a likely candidate to make a deal.

Whether that move is up or down depends on if any top-tier prospects fall. If a guy like Jarvis Jones falls past the 20th pick, I wouldn't be shocked to see the Ravens try to trade up for him, as Jones is both an impact player and a need pick.

If that doesn't happen, though, then the Ravens will likely trade down. Despite winning a ring this season, the Ravens have tons of needs and poor depth. They need to replenish this roster, and getting extra picks would be a great way to do it.

With a trade down, the Ravens could target one of the many offensive linemen or linebackers that have second-round grades. A guy like Kyle Long or Chris Faulk could be interesting at offensive tackle, or maybe Kevin Minter or Chase Thomas could be of interest on defense.

Either way, the talent doesn't look to work out well for the Ravens if they stay put. Expect them to move on draft day.


Buffalo Bills

Wanting a quarterback can make a team do crazy things. Just ask the Cleveland Browns, who reached badly to take Brandon Weeden last season and also traded up to draft Brady Quinn in 2007.

The Bills hold the eighth pick in the draft, and there is unlikely to be any quarterback worth taking at that juncture.

That means one of two things. First, the Bills could trade up to acquire Geno Smith, who is the consensus top quarterback in the draft. Second, the Bills will try to move into the later picks in the first round to pick another guy. That could come from a trade down with that eighth pick or a trade up with another package.

Whatever it is, expect the Bills to aggressively pursue a quarterback at some point in the first round. A trade could let them do so with the best value.