With the 2013 NFL draft now less than two weeks away, we wanted to call attention to the handful of teams that are being viewed as potential wheelers and dealers at Radio City Music Hall.
Some of these teams you could classify as the usual suspects, while others will be more of a surprise due to unique circumstances.
Due to the new CBA deal that the NFL and the NFLPA agreed to, draft picks are extremely valuable as a way for teams to keep costs down on younger players. Franchises can also control drafted players for five years, which is another reason for teams in rebuilding mode to stockpile draft picks.
In a review of the trades that were consummated in the 2012 NFL draft, NFL.com discusses a total of 29 separate deals.
Of the 32 NFL teams, 28 were involved in at least one trade during the draft. The four teams that never pulled the trigger were the New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints. None of those four teams made the playoffs.
There were three teams that executed the most trades during the draft (four each), the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots. Each of those three teams made the playoffs last year.
Coincidence? Perhaps, but we will leave it up to the readers to weigh in on the topic.
The 2013 draft will undoubtedly hold a surprise or two. There will undoubtedly be at least one team that was thought to have no major trade plans pulling off a major deal that will send shock waves throughout their own fanbase.