NFL Draft 2011: 10 Teams Who Could Move Up Or Down In The First Round
The NFL Draft order had been set since the conclusion of the Super Bowl, but it is not until draft day is over that we know in what order teams will have picked.
This is because of the draft day swapping of picks, in which some teams will look to move up for a better player while others will look to move down.
This year's draft has an extra interesting twist in that, with no collective bargaining agreement, there are a lot of questions surrounding the pay scale.
This slideshow features 10 teams that could make a move on draft day.
Feel free to comment below with what other teams may make a trade.
No. 2: Denver Broncos
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The Broncos have come right out and said that they may trade down if a collective bargaining agreement is not reached.
The Broncos have a fresh new coach in John Fox and a fresh new quarterback in Tim Tebow, and it seems they would rather work on those two as opposed to adding another fresh face to the team.
The Broncos seem likely to move down unless an agreement is reached.
No. 4: Cincinnati Bengals
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The Bengals are having serious problems with Carson Palmer right now, and one train of thought has them trading him for a first-round pick.
If this were to happen, the Bengals would likely draft a quarterback with a pick, moving them up or down, depending on what previous teams do.
The Bengals may end up with a few other first-round picks on draft day, and because of that, may exchange this one for a veteran player in return.
No. 5: Arizona Cardinals
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The Arizona Cardinals were a disappointment last year and will want to get fans back on their bandwagon with a successful draft this year.
In a draft where there seem to be three of four players who could go first, the Cardinals are stuck on what could be the outside looking in.
If all of the Cardinals' first-choice players are taken before it is their turn, I wouldn't be surprised to see them move down in return for extra picks—maybe even swap their pick with the Patriots' two first-round picks.
No. 9: Dallas Cowboys
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The Cowboys seem to be in desperate need for a cornerback, and in this draft class, there are two who could be very attractive.
Dallas may attempt to move up if they think both Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara are going to be gone at No. 9 or they may move down if they have no chance at either.
The Cowboys' bad season last year seems like a fluke and they may want to trade down for more picks and shore up the small holes in their defense as opposed to going for the big selection.
No. 10: Washington Redskins
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The Redskins appear to have made a big mistake with Donovan McNabb last year, and many experts have them picking a quarterback with their first pick to fix that mistake in this year's draft.
A lot of experts actually like the idea of Cam Newton going to the Skins, but it seems unlikely he will still be around at Slot 10. If the Redskins want Newton, they may move up to a top-three pick.
If Dan Snyder thinks the Skins are fine with Rex Grossman, then Washington may trade down to add more depth to their team.
No. 13: Detroit Lions
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The Lions were much improved this year and could be just a few players away from making the playoffs next year.
With this in mind, it seems possible that the Lions will want to trade down, because right now, their pick seems to correspond with a drop off in talent.
The Lions may be better to go with a quantity-over-quality approach here and select multiple role players in the draft.
No. 14: St. Louis Rams
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The Rams will be looking for a receiver in the draft this year, and at 14, they are probably not going to find one that they like.
The Rams could possibly move all the way to the top and select A.J. Green, but it seems more likely they will slide down and wait for a second-tier receiver.
St. Louis had a successful draft last year and will probably look to trade around to repeat that success this year.
No. 17 and No. 28: New England Patriots
This wouldn't be a serious list about draft day trades without the New England Patriots on it.
The Pats have already stockpiled two first-round picks, but may look to trade both of them away in order to draft the next Tom Brady in the seventh round. The Pats seem to get the most out of the draft every year, and will surely be a mover this year.
There is actually potential for the Pats to move up this year, as some holes were exposed on both sides of the ball. It seems certain that the Pats will move one way or another come draft day.
No. 25: Seattle Seahawks
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Because of the Seahawks' ability to sneak into the playoffs with a losing record and then to win a playoff game, they are drafting near the end of the first round.
Seattle is moving in the right direction again, but they are probably not as good as their pick slot is and may look to move up to add a key player.
Pete Carroll is great at turning young men into great players, and may take a risk on a player who shows potential with Seattle's pick.
No. 30: New York Jets
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The New York Jets have a history of moving up in the first round, and it has paid off with Mark Sanchez.
The Jets have been adding a lot of players through free agency the past few years, but with teams waiting to see what happens with the league moving forward, it may be smarter to move up in the draft and get a top player that way.
The Green and White faithful will fill Radio City during the draft, and the Jets seem likely to move up and please them come draft day.