As the 2014 NFL draft continues to draw closer (albeit at a glacial pace), it's imperative to recognize that picks aren't the only currency used to wheel and deal over the three-day event, as players normally find themselves on the move as well. With that in mind, it's time to explore the best trade bargaining chips in the NFL draft.
Every year, players are traded during the draft, and there have been some blockbusters, such as Marshall Faulk to the St. Louis Rams in 1999 and Randy Moss to the New England Patriots in 2007. There is precedent set for big-name players being dealt.
However, given the trade market thus far this offseason, it's probably safe to assume that no one who could one day appear on a Hall of Fame ballot (like Faulk or Moss) will be on the move. After all, star players like receiver DeSean Jackson and running back Chris Johnson were released because their respective former clubs (Philadelphia and Tennessee) couldn't find a trade partner.
But that doesn't mean that impact players can't or won't be traded. We're in the thick of the NFL's lying season, and it's always optimal to assume that whenever a coach or general manager opens his mouth during this window, he's being duplicitous. So don't necessarily believe the power broker of your favorite team when he says that a player won't be on the move.
The players on this list were chosen for a number of reasons. Some teams have a surplus of players at a particular position, leading to a potential trade. Others take contracts into effect, whether it be a deal coming to an end or a player being unhappy with his current pact. In a few situations, a new regime might not be as apt to keep around players picked by the old administration.
And it's always vital to take stock of available quarterbacks, as they remain the highest form of currency as the league's most important position.
Here are the best trade bargaining chips in the NFL draft.