2014 NFL Draft: Teams Most Likely to Swing a Draft-Day Deal in Early Rounds

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2014 NFL Draft: Teams Most Likely to Swing a Draft-Day Deal in Early Rounds
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Trades are as much a staple of the annual NFL draft as the picks themselves.

If history is any indication, most teams will be involved in at least one trade on draft weekend. Last year’s draft included 26 trades between 28 total teams, according to ESPN.com’s trade tracker; the 2012 draft featured 27 deals between 28 franchises.

Many of the draft’s trades come in later rounds and are quickly forgotten (if ever noticed in the first place), but despite them rarely being projected in mock drafts, you can count on every draft to include at least a few significant splashes in the early rounds as well. Last year’s draft included two trades within the first eight picks, while the No. 3-7 picks in the 2012 draft all changed hands on draft night.

Given the prevalence of trading in recent drafts, it wouldn’t come as of a much shock if any team—save probably the Houston Texans at No. 1 overall—makes a move up or down the board. But based on draft position, needs and number of picks, the following seven teams are among the most likely to make a move in the early rounds.

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