NFL Draft Order 2013: Teams That Should Trade Up in First Round
The NFL draft order paints the picture of the first round, but various trades shape the landscape. With players falling and teams reaching, there should be several prospects available in possible trade-up scenarios that are attractive to teams.
With this draft class, there could be plenty of movement during the first round. There isn't a ton of top-level talent, but there is incredible depth. Teams could decide to move back in order to grab multiple players, while others could see value to trade up in the decreased market.
Here are some of the teams to keep on eye on as potential move-up targets.
San Diego Chargers
The Chargers absolutely need to improve their offensive line. With the hyped-up offensive tackles in the draft, they are looking at potentially missing out on the top three tackles with the 11th pick. Either Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher will likely be the top pick in the draft, and Lane Johnson could be drafted in the top 10 as well.
The Chargers have their seven original picks to use in the draft. It's uncertain what it would take to move up to the middle of the top 10, but with the Chargers' offensive line struggles, it has to be a serious option.
Their offensive line gave up the fourth-most sacks in the league with 49 allowed. The Chargers need to keep Philip Rivers healthy in order to make sure he's the best option going forward.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are in a great position to trade up with 13 picks in the draft, including five within the first 100 overall picks. There's no way the 49ers can take on 13 rookies next season with their already strong depth. It makes more sense to package up some of those draft picks in order to move up and get an impact player.
The 49ers could look to move up and grab a safety should Kenny Vaccaro fall. They could also look to jump a number of teams to grab Jonathan Cyprien or Matt Elam. Another option for the 49ers is to grab a defensive tackle to improve their defensive line rotation.
During the 2011 draft, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff showed he isn't scared to make a big move to get a player he loves. It worked out incredibly well with Julio Jones. With 11 picks overall in the upcoming draft, the Falcons definitely have the potential to move up.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King tweeted out the Falcons' wishes:
Hearing the Falcons are trying to trade up from number 30 in the first round, and not, obviously, for a quarterback.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) April 17, 2013
The move makes incredible sense as the Falcons are in definite win-now mode. They have a ton of talent on their team and could be looking to grab an immediate playmaker to make them even better in the crowded NFC. The draft class includes some talented pass-rushers, which would fill a hole for the Falcons as they look to replace John Abraham.
Complete Draft Order
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14)
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12)
5. Detroit Lions (4-12)
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10)
9. New York Jets (6-10)
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9)
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9)
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9)
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-7)
19. New York Giants (9-7)
20. Chicago Bears (10-6)
21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins 10-6)
23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle Seahawks 11-5)
26. Green Bay Packers (11-5)
27. Houston Texans (12-4)
28. Denver Broncos (13-3)
29. New England Patriots (12-4)
30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)
32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
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