Anything can happen in the NFL draft, and with that mentality, the general managers of the league will suit up tonight and get ready to knock heads.
Whether that means trading up and reaching on a player to insure you walk away with him, or trading down to get more picks to do it in a later round, both are guaranteed to happen.
In this human chess match involving the football careers of college kids and the NFL's franchise owners wallets, there will be a lot of shifting around in this draft.
The latest word from league sources is that the bottom of the first round could be littered with trade-ups for franchise quarterbacks. Teams in need of a quarterback to varying degrees include:
Buffalo, Cleveland, Seattle, Oakland, St. Louis, Carolina, Arizona, and Jacksonville.
It's been speculated that Clausen may fall down draft boards, and the longer he stays on the board, the more likely it is that a team trades up for him at a better value. Currently the field is incredibly cloudy on where Clausen may end up. The early rumors being Arizona or Minnesota at the end of the round, while more likely a team that previously passed on him could get back into the first for him.
Likely trade-up teams: Oakland, Washington
Many scouts have Colt McCoy listed ahead of Jimmy Clausen, contrary to earlier boards. McCoy has blown teams away with his Pro Days, and many people believe he could become the best quarterback out of this class after Bradford. The Browns have shown the most interest in him, likewise with the Rams, who still could draft the defensive monster Ndamukong Suh.
Likely trade-up teams: Cleveland, Seattle
It's hard to bet against a player like Tim Tebow. His mechanics are coming along, and his leadership and work ethic are literally unrivaled. Mel Kiper has him potentially going at No. 22 to New England or No. 30 to Minnesota. The team courting Tebow most however has been Buffalo. Sources are revealing trade talk between Buffalo and New York for the No. 29 pick.
Likely trade-up teams: Buffalo, New England
Before the night is over there could very well be four passers taken in the first round, which is great news for the teams that do not trade up into the first. Due to all the quarterback trades, first-round talent such as DT Brian Price, WR Golden Tate, DE Sergio Kindle, CB Kyle Wilson, and DE Jared Odrick all may fall into the second round.
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