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NFL Draft 2013: Teams That Need to Trade Down

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 29:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 29, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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Tyson AgbayaniCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2013

It's time to break out those mock drafts because it's that time of the year again. The 2013 NFL Draft is right around the corner and teams are once again looking to bolster their squads with young talent.

While some teams may benefit from early first-round picks, others may be looking to rid theirs in hopes of acquiring more talent. With the immense depth in this year’s draft, here are three teams that should be looking to trade down:


Kansas City Chiefs (No. 1 Pick)

The Kansas City Chiefs made a huge move this past week when they acquired Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers. Electing to go with Smith, the Chiefs essentially took care of their glaring issue at quarterback without having to draft one. Now the Chiefs should be looking to move their No. 1 overall pick. If they can find a buyer, they could move into a better position with more picks later or outside of the first round.


Oakland Raiders (No. 3 Pick)

Another team that should be looking to trade down in this year’s draft is the Oakland Raiders. While the Raiders currently own the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, they won’t be picking again until the third round with the 66th pick. The Raiders need to stockpile more picks and trading their No. 3 pick should be the answer to receiving them.


St. Louis Rams (No. 16 Pick and No. 22 Pick)

The St. Louis Rams should also be looking to trade down in this year’s draft, as they currently hold two first-round picks that are rather close to each other. The Rams would be wise to trade one of these picks in hopes of gaining additional picks in the later rounds. The Rams have a few issues they need to address and by trading down in this year’s draft, could do a better job taking care of them.

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