NFL Draft 2013: Teams That Should Trade Up in the First Round

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks to pass against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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There are few sporting events more entertaining than the NFL draft—well, at least for an NFL geek like me—and there are few moments at the draft more fun than trades shaking up the draft board.

But which teams should consider trading up to land the player they want this year? Which teams should consider making a major move?

And no, you won't see the St. Louis Rams or Minnesota Vikings—teams with multiple first-round picks—in this article. Both teams have several holes to fill and this draft is pretty deep with first-round talents.


Arizona Cardinals

Here's what we know about the Arizona Cardinals: The team's two biggest needs are at quarterback and left tackle. Here's what else we know: There is a very good chance that the top quarterback, Geno Smith, and top tackles, Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, will be off the board when they pick at No. 7.

Both the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles could have interest in Smith, while the Kansas City Chiefs, Eagles and Detroit Lions could all be in the market for a tackle. If the Cardinals absolutely must have either Smith or one of the top tackles, they would be wise to trade up to at least No. 4.

I'm sure the Eagles would be more than happy to swap picks, seeing how many holes Philly needs to fill. Don't be surprised if the Cardinals move up in the first round.


Buffalo Bills

If you had doubts about whether or not the Bills would target a quarterback in the draft, this tweet should clear things up:

The Bills could always wait to select a quarterback, but I honestly believe with some of the pieces already in place, the Bills should go after Geno Smith, the one rookie quarterback that can step into the NFL next season and have some success. 

If you want to guarantee you'll land Smith, you have to trade up to No. 3 with the Raiders. If you want to take your chances, you trade up to No. 4 with the Eagles. If you are feeling really lucky, you leap over the Cardinals and trade up to No. 6 with the Cleveland Browns.

The Bills could always stay where they are and see if Smith falls to them—or simply draft another quarterback—but if I were the Bills, I would guarantee I could draft him.


San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have 14 picks in this year's draft, including Nos. 31 and 34. With a very solid roster and the the chance to fill small needs in free agency, why not make a big splash, trade up and land one more playmaker for your team?

Maybe you trade up into the teens to select Kenny Vaccaro, or one of the top nose tackle prospects. Perhaps you shoot way up the board to add one of the big defensive playmakers. Maybe you fall in love with Cordarrelle Patterson or Tavon Austin.

If I'm the Niners and will never have enough roster spots for 14 draft picks, I'm looking to make a splash. 


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