NFL Trade Rumors: Top Players Who Could Get Traded Pre-NFL Draft
As the countdown begins until draft day 2010, there are still several players who are trade bait for teams to gain last second picks before the first round begins on April 22.
Of these players, some are names that have been flung around the trade grapevine multiple times this offseason, and other names are newer to the list due to recent wheeling and dealing by NFL teams.
The following (in no particular order) are the top players who may end up getting traded right before the first pick of the 2010 NFL Draft is named by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Jason Campbell, QB, Washington Redskins
Ever since the Redskins acquired Donovan McNabb on Easter Sunday, Campbell's name has be floating around in various trade talk.
With teams like the Bills, Rams, Panthers, and Seahawks all needing more help at the position, Campbell could be wearing new colors very soon.
The Rams would be the smartest team to make a move on Campbell in my opinion, since he can instantly be a starter for only a third or fourth-round pick, and then the Rams can mess up all mocks and draft boards by selecting one of the top two defensive tackles instead.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Denver Broncos
Marshall's name seems to have been attached to trade talks for over a year now, and it has almost been that long too.
The Broncos are playing this smart and not taking just any deal that is presented to them. They want maximum value and if they do not get it, then Marshall will continue to play in 2010 (hopefully) for them and in 2011 he will be a restricted free agent.
Once a restricted free agent, I'm guessing the Broncos will put a decent tender on him, but not a very high one, so they can at least get some value back from him in return.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Buffalo Bills
I see Lynch being trade bait now with the emergence of Fred Jackson and with a new coach and front office in place.
Lynch's troubles far outweigh the positives he brings to the field and the Bills may want to move him elsewhere while getting some kind of value for him.
Even though Jackson is older, Lynch's youth is a plus in a trade and with this draft class loaded with running back talent, the Bills could use a middle-round pick on Jackson's backup.
D'Qwell Jackson, ILB, Cleveland Browns
Jackson led the NFL in total tackles back in 2008 with 154, but now he is very upset at the new Browns front office since they still have not given him a long-term contract, tendering him instead.
A good leader in the middle of the defense, but Jackson lacks the impact type of middle linebacker that Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan needs to effectively run his various looks and schemes.
The Browns may move Jackson after his tender offer expires on April 15 to another team willing to give a former NFL tackle leader a long-term deal.
The addition of Scott Fujita doesn't help Jackson's chances of staying in an orange helmet either.
Adalius Thomas, LB, New England Patriots
Thomas was late to a meeting last season (he said due to snow), and the following day he was late again.
After getting deactivated for that week's game versus the Panthers, Thomas started the following week.
Thomas was not too happy and he even told the media he would love to play for the Jets and his former defensive coach when both were with the Ravens, Rex Ryan.
Needless to say, Thomas may be a last second trade before the draft so the Pats can add to their already league-leading 12 picks.
Did I forget anyone?
How about Gaither? Or perhaps someone else?
Add to the discussion below and voice who you think is trade bait right before the draft.