2010 Trade Talk: Five Possible Trades That Could Shake Up the Draft
Following Brandon Marshall's blockbuster trade to the Miami Dolphins, you would expect Dez Bryant to be on Denver's radar. You would also expect him to have come off Miami's.
Here's a quick look at five possible trades that could impact the draft, and have big repercussions for this year's draft class.
Albert Haynesworth Leaving the Redskins?
Albert Haynesworth is an example of the former Redskins regime. He is overpaid, and he underperforms.
Mike Shanahan is looking to rid Washington of the big-money culture, and has placed him on the trading block.
Where could he end up? Very few teams want to pay Haynesworth the money he expects, but one side that has been mentioned is the Detroit Lions.
Widely expected to take Ndamukong Suh at second overall in the draft, the Lions could opt for Haynesworth instead. This would allow Washington to take one of the top two defensive tackles as his replacement, either Suh or Gerald McCoy.
A prospective swap in draft picks would also allow the Lions to grab Russell Okung at four as protection for Matthew Stafford, while also securing the services of a top defensive tackle.
Will Marshawn Lynch Become a Seahawk?
Seattle Seahawks are in the market for a running back, and Marshawn Lynch could be the man to fit the bill.
There is rumoured interest in Lynch from Seattle, and following several incidents in Buffalo, the Bills are reportedly happy to shop Lynch.
They hope for a second round pick, although might be convinced to part company with Lynch for a mid-round pick instead.
This would mean C.J. Spiller is surplus to requirements in Seattle, and changes their outlook on their two first round picks. Could an offensive tackle and quarterback pairing be the answer?
Jimmy Clausen has long been linked with Seattle, and would be available at six in the draft when they pick. He may still be around for their second pick at 14 overall.
Regardless, if Spiller doesn't end up becoming a Seahawk, where does that leave him? San Francisco will be keeping a close eye on the potential Lynch trade, as they are carefully poised when it comes to the Spiller situation.
Michael Vick Flying the Eagles' Nest?
Michael Vick might have moved up the Eagles' depth chart following the trade of Donovan McNabb, but there is still speculation that he might be the second quarterback to leave Philadelphia.
Vick has been linked with a number of underperforming teams, including the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders, as they continue their quarterback search.
If Philadelphia do ship Vick, then Kevin Kolb will be without a backup. That leaves the Eagles likely to take a new gunslinger in the second round of the draft.
With the fourth pick of the second round, acquired from the McNabb trade, the Eagles might give consideration to Colt McCoy.
Maybe with their other pick in the second round, Tim Tebow's name might even be thrown around.
Jared Gaither Surplus to Requirements in Baltimore?
Jared Gaither is widely expected to leave the Baltimore Ravens before the draft, and this could have big implications when it comes to April 22.
There are a number of teams in the market for a new offensive tackle, and a number of top offensive tackles expected to go in the first round.
With Detroit, Washington, Kansas, Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo all reportedly looking at offensive tackles within the top 10 draft picks, Gaither could land in any of these spots and immediately shake up the draft picture.
If he is signed by one of the above teams, then maybe their draft outlook will change and we could see a surprising pick within the top ten. Alternatively, could Baltimore look to move up the draft and sign one of these offensive linemen to replace him?
Jason Campbell Holds the Key to Jimmy Clausen's NFL Future
Jason Campbell is widely tipped to leave Washington following McNabb's arrival, but his landing spot is of real interest. Particularly to Jimmy Clausen.
Many draft analysts see Clausen landing in Buffalo at nine, but there is genuine interest in Campbell from the Bills too, and this would leave Clausen surplus to their needs.
If the Campbell trade goes ahead, Clausen could suffer the same fate as Brady Quinn and fall down the draft as far as Minnesota at No. 30.
Other landing spots for Campbell include Seattle, another team linked with Clausen, and Cleveland.
This trade could have a huge impact on how the top 10 draft picks play out, and has the potential to change the entire NFL Draft.
Everybody will be watching with real interest should Campbell leave Washington. In particular, Jimmy Clausen.