With only a few hours left before the first pick is made in the 2013 NFL draft, certain teams are considering using their resources to move up in the pecking order.
Some teams wisely stockpiled trade bait in the form of picks, personnel and money. They can use these assets to lure teams with higher picks into giving them their prime draft real estate.
Maybe these teams need to fill a position they feel they cannot meet at their current draft spot. Or maybe they are just greedy. Whatever the reason for trading up is, there are a few teams you should keep an eye on tonight who have been bouncing around the idea of getting a higher pick.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are stacked with picks. They have 13 picks overall and eight in the first five rounds, some of which they would reportedly like to use on a specific pick.
Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole is reporting that San Francisco is in the market for a defensive lineman and wants to trade up to get a more proven one. Specifically, the Niners may be targeting Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson.
Considering all those picks the 49ers have to work with, trading up should not be a problem. Maybe they can steal the Jets’ 13th overall pick (their second in the first round) that they acquired through the Darrelle Revis trade.
That should be high enough to ensure that Richardson will still be on the board when it is San Francisco’s turn to pick.
After losing cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson this offseason, the Falcons need someone to play opposite the aging Asante Samuel. This is where the draft might come in handy.
CBS Sports’ Clark Judge is reporting that Atlanta is considering trading up to draft a cornerback, specifically Alabama’s Dee Milliner or Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes.
The Falcons know that trading up can work because that is how they acquired Julio Jones, who has panned out nicely for them. Milliner and Rhodes are expected to be taken pretty fast, so Atlanta might need to act quickly if it wants the cornerback of its dreams.
It appears that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has impressed both the Vikings and Chicago Bears. Since the Bears have a higher first-round pick than the Vikings, Minnesota should seriously think about trading up to grab Te’o.
That is exactly what they plan to do according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. The Vikings are probably going to try to use either of their first-round picks to trade up and over the Bears, who have the 20th overall pick.
Both of these teams know that Te’o has some baggage, but his on-the-field play is clearly enough of an incentive to take a chance on him. Do not be surprised if the Vikings trade up to secure Te’o for themselves.