This year’s NFL draft is looking as unpredictable as ever. It all starts with the No. 1 overall pick, where there is uncertainty in not only which player will be chosen but also which team will ultimately make that selection.
The Houston Texans, a quarterback-needy team with no clear-cut top choice, are reportedly “trying hard to deal the first pick in the draft,” according to Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei. A trade at the beginning of the draft—perhaps in a move to acquire South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney—could shake up the rest of the first round to come.
On the other end of the spectrum, however, there are likely to be more teams looking to move down than up in this year’s draft. While a number of elite talents are at the top of this year’s board, stockpiling picks might be more valuable in a draft class that Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert considers to be "as deep across the board as any draft (he’s) seen in 30 years," according to Chase Goodbread of NFL.com.
Nonetheless, there should be plenty of movement in Round 1 and throughout this year’s draft, so let’s take a look at how the projections could fall with a couple of trades, including one at the top.