The NFL draft is a time for teams to make huge improvements with impact players. However, it is often a smart move to trade back in the draft.
Instead of reaching for a player that might be available later in the draft, a smart team can trade its selection for more picks and get better value. This is also a wise move when a struggling squad has a large amount of needs that cannot be filled with one pick.
As long as there are teams willing to make a trade, these teams should do their best to move down in the first round.
With the No. 2 pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars can select a top-notch defensive lineman to help improve the worst pass rush in the NFL.
Unfortunately, that will not fix the defensive secondary, the offensive line or the quarterback situation.
Jacksonville is a long way from contention after finishing 2-14 last season. It is unlikely that Chad Henne or Blaine Gabbert will become long-term answers under center, and that is a position that needs to be solidified sooner than later.
With so many spots to fill on both sides of the ball, the Jaguars would be smart to get more picks instead of wasting one early in the draft.
Although the Buffalo Bills signed Kevin Kolb to a two-year contract, there is no denying that this team still needs a quarterback of the future.
Geno Smith is considered the best quarterback in the draft, but many believe there is not much drop-off to the next group of players. Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, E.J. Manuel and others all have a chance to shine in the NFL if everything comes together.
This is a nice amount of depth for the quarterback class, but none of them truly warrant a selection in the top 10. This means that the Bills would be better off trading back instead of reaching for a player ahead of his value.
This might be a risky move considering how close the Chicago Bears are to contending for a Super Bowl. However, the team still needs help at a bunch of positions.
It is unlikely the Bears will get their hands on one of the top three offensive tackles in the draft (Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson). As a result, the team should trade back in an effort to not only improve the offensive line, but also the linebacking corps, which will be relatively barren entering next season.
There should be plenty of help at each of these spots in the second round or later, and it will make Chicago a better team overall.
Full Draft Order (via ESPN)
1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
3. Oakland Raiders
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. Detroit Lions
6. Cleveland Browns
7. Arizona Cardinals
8. Buffalo Bills
9. New York Jets
10. Tennessee Titans
11. San Diego Chargers
12. Miami Dolphins
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14. Carolina Panthers
15. New Orleans Saints
16. St. Louis Rams
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
18. Dallas Cowboys
19. New York Giants
20. Chicago Bears
21. Cincinnati Bengals
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)
23. Minnesota Vikings
24. Indianapolis Colts
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks)
26. Green Bay Packers
27. Houston Texans
28. Denver Broncos
29. New England Patriots
30. Atlanta Falcons
31. San Francisco 49ers
32. Baltimore Ravens
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