Trades happen every year as the NFL draft order shakes out, but they don't always result in wins for the teams trading up.
Blaine Gabbert was selected No. 10 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who traded up from the No. 16 overall pick to land him.
Gabbert is likely one more horrid season away from being cut, which is a compelling reason for teams in need of a quarterback to hold off on trading up for one unless he's Robert Griffin III.
These teams might be tempted to make a move up the board for a player of need when the draft kicks off on April 25, but they'd be smart to forget about the idea altogether.
Buffalo Bills (No. 8 overall)
Buffalo needs a quarterback.
At this time, Tarvaris Jackson and Kevin Kolb—with a combined career record of 26-29—are the only two quarterbacks on the roster for the Bills heading into the 2013 season.
Neither man is an upgrade over freshly departed Ryan Fitzpatrick.
For a team in the same division as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, that's not acceptable. Buffalo tied with the New York Jets as the worst team in the AFC East last year, and it must bring in a talented quarterback to revitalize the team's offense.
Though it will be tempting, the Bills must not trade up for Geno Smith.
The cost is simply too great, and Buffalo needs every draft pick it owns to continue building its roster for the long haul.
San Diego Chargers (No. 11 overall)
San Diego needs offensive linemen in the worst way.
Philip Rivers was tossed around like a rag doll last year by opposing defenders, getting sacked 49 times. Only Aaron Rodgers was sacked more than Rivers, but at least Rodgers still has a little bit of youth on his side.
If Rivers continues to get battered game in and game out, he'll end up getting injured. San Diego doesn't have any other quarterback on its roster capable of winning games.
This will likely tempt new general manager Tom Telesco to consider trading up for one of this year's top offensive tackles. By the time the Chargers select at No. 11, there's a good chance Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson will all be long gone.
As tempting as it will be to move up to select one of those three elite tackles, San Diego must not make such a move. There are many holes to fill on the roster on both sides of the ball, and if anything, Telesco would be smart to trade down.
New Orleans Saints (No. 15 overall)
Rob Ryan was hired by the Saints this winter to become the team's new defensive coordinator.
Ryan will install a 3-4 scheme. This will be interesting for at least the first year, as New Orleans hasn't been drafting for 3-4 defenders and doesn't have many natural fits on its front seven—especially at the outside linebacker position.
The team did recently sign Victor Butler, who was a backup outside linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys the past four years, to a two-year deal.
That said, the best way to kick-start a 3-4 defense is to provide dynamic pass-rushers who can attack off the edges, and there are a few elite prospects who will be drafted early on in the proceedings.
Dion Jordan, Barkevious Mingo, Ezekiel Ansah and Jarvis Jones could all potentially be selected before New Orleans' No. 15 overall pick, and it would be hard to resist the temptation of adding one of the top pass-rushers in this year's draft.
The Saints must not make such a move, as the entire defense needs to be overhauled. The best way to manage such a project is by bringing in a high volume of players via the draft, and New Orleans needs every pick it owns for the endeavor.
Current Draft Order (via ESPN.com)
|9||9||New York Jets|
|19||19||New York Giants|
|22||22||St. Louis (from Washington)|
|25||25||Minnesota (from Seattle)|
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