The 2013 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching, with the current combine no doubt providing a fascinating platform for draft scouts to operate from.
The very nature of this year's draft class is incredibly different from that of last year, which means that we're likely to see very different draft strategies applied.
There are no standout picks, nor are there brilliant players that won't necessarily be available later on. There are just good, consistent players right across the board this year, which makes little difference between having the sixth and the 26th pick, on one level, in this year's draft.
As a result, several teams could be looking to trade down in the first round and solidify their rosters with more than one player for the 2013 season.
Read on to see which teams are most likely to do just that.
New York Jets (Pick No. 9)
The New York Jets have so many places that need filling on their roster at the moment that having one top-10 pick really isn't worth it for the franchise.
The big names of the draft this year in Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher are both going to be off the boards by then—as will Geno Smith most likely—making the Jets' ninth overall pick not worth pulling the trigger on if they can get a better deal.
Trading back down for a late first-round pick and perhaps a second or a third will ensure that the Jets can get much needed help on both offensive and defensive lines and give them some much-needed squad depth for the upcoming 2013 season.
It could be a very long season ahead for New York otherwise.
St. Louis Rams (Picks No. 16 and No. 22)
The logic for the Rams to try and trade down here makes perfect sense—especially given the fact that they have two first-round picks relatively close to each other.
They could either get two quality offensive linemen or they could look to trade one of those picks and try to get a second-round pick and a third-round pick in exchange.
Even the 22nd overall pick in the draft this year represents good value, so there will no doubt be interest from teams looking to trade up. The biggest question for the Rams will be who'll be around in the third round for them and whether those players are worth giving up a first-round pick for.
Given this year's class, the answer is seemingly yes.
Arizona Cardinals (Pick No. 7)
If Geno Smith is off the boards by the time that Arizona is on the clock, the Cardinals need to try to trade down their first pick for more picks.
They would no doubt love to get perhaps a late first-round pick and a second/third-rounder as well for their pick, which, given the massive needs right across their team at the moment, is the right move for the franchise to make.
Arizona needs help right across the offensive line, but it'll be able to get relatively the same type of player at say No. 20 overall as it can at No. 7. And if the Cardinals can then pick up another late-second or third pick for that as well, expect them to pull the trigger.
One great lineman isn't going to make this team better. It's like taking forever to plug up one hole properly when there are other holes in the boat. The Cardinals will sink unless they fix more than one, and that's got to be the strategy from the team this year.
2013 NFL Draft Order
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. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins, 10-6)
23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
26. Green Bay Packers (11-5)
27. Houston Texans (12-4)
28. Denver Broncos (13-3)
29. New England Patriots (12-4)
30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)
32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Which teams do you think should try and trade down in the first round?
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