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NFL Draft 2014: Identifying Teams Most Likely to Make Round 1 Trade
Ben Margot

As May 8 approaches, teams are finalizing their big boards in preparation for the 2014 NFL draft.

Taking serious team needs and coveted prospects who schematically fit them into consideration, some teams may be inclined to make a move on draft day.

This happens every year.

Even though the draft order is set, there should be plenty of movement early in the draft, as franchises look to acquire a specific player who could bolster the roster for years to come.

General managers must avoid reaching for a prospect, but must also be weary of missing out on one completely. Making the right trade could propel a team into the league's upper echelon, while a bad move could set a franchise back in a big way.

Let's take a look at a few teams most likely to make a Round 1 trade to acquire the services of a desired prospect.

 

Oakland Raiders

Current Pick: No. 5

Prospect: Derek Carr. QB, Fresno State

Trade: Down

The Raiders are in serious need of a quarterback. The team did acquire Matt Schaub over the offseason, but the long-term answer at the position remains murky.

Oakland was said to have a "massive crush" on Carr—and rightfully so.

The strong-armed Fresno State product has many desirable traits. His intangibles are near perfect for an NFL quarterback, and with a little grooming, he could become a stud on the professional level.

One quarterback-needy team picking after Oakland is the Minnesota Vikings at No. 8. However, it was reported Minnesota is eyeing Zach Mettenberger as a potential Round 2 selection.

This makes trading down a bit of a gamble for the Raiders, as the Vikings could look to nab Carr at eighth overall. However, it seems unlikely.

Oakland has plenty of holes to fill, and if the team trades down about 10 spots for Carr, not only does it get its quarterback of the future, but additional picks to go along with him.

 

New Orleans Saints

Current Pick: No. 27

Prospect: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Trade: Up

It's never a bad idea to surround Drew Brees with additional weapons, and now is the time to do so for New Orleans.

After some key departures during free agency, the Saints are suddenly lacking firepower.

Marques Colston is getting up there in years, and Kenny Stills continues to get his feet wet in the NFL. Without Darren Sproles on the roster, New Orleans needs a game-changer in a big way.

Sean Fazende told Adam Lefkoe of Bleacher Report that the Saints "love" Cooks in Round 1.

If New Orleans is inclined to make Cooks its guy, the team will have to trade up from No. 27 overall.

Cooks' speed, agility and versatility make him a tremendously coveted first-round prospect. With teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns picking before the Saints, a big jump in draft position is necessary.

Moving into the middle of the first round could allow New Orleans to reap the benefits of Cooks' services. With a stout defense already in place, giving up additional draft picks to bolster the offense could be just what the Saints need to do to make another deep run in the playoffs.

 

Washington Redskins

Current Pick: No. 34

Prospect: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

Trade: Up

Washington needs to shore up its offensive line in a big way.

Robert Griffin III will look to get back on track this season under the tutelage of new head coach Jay Gruden. With Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in the mix, Griffin has no shortage of weapons.

Now, he just needs time to throw the ball.

There are plenty of teams with first-round picks in need of offensive tackles and guards. In the back end of the first round alone, it could be conceived the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers and more could select a lineman.

So, why should Washington trade up for Martin?

Versatility.

Martin flourished as a tackle while at Notre Dame, but he has the unique ability to play multiple spots along the offensive line. With plenty of experience under his belt, he can come in and start from day one.

Despite bringing in several veterans over the offseason, the Redskins' offensive line is nowhere near set. Martin's versatility will allow the team to get its best five linemen on the field at once.

No strangers to making draft-day trades, the Redskins should look to jump into the middle of the first round to snatch Martin and secure their offensive line for the long haul.

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