2011 NFL Draft Rumors: Which Teams Could Have Interest in Moving Up?
The 2011 NFL Draft will have several storylines, one of them will be which teams decide to trade up in the draft.
The draft order is set, but some teams have their eye on one guy, or in the case of the Broncos and Lions last year, two guys.
Some teams will feel like they have to move up a few spots to make sure they get the guy they want, others will make a big leap.
One thing is for sure, Bill Belichick will be waiting by the phone taking bids on the 17th pick. That guy can't wait to trade away draft picks in the first round.
This is all speculative, so no wagering, as David Letterman would say.
As a result of making it to the Super Bowl, the Steelers now draft 31st.
The problem is the guy everyone, including myself, believes the Steelers really want in the first round is Mike Pouncey. The chances of Pouncey lasting until the 31st pick are slim.
The Steelers will have to move ahead of the Seattle Seahawks, at the very least to get Pouncey, so expect some kind of deal out of Pittsburgh.
If the Bills draft Cam Newton, the Tennessee Titans will want to jump ahead of the San Francisco 49ers to guard against Jim Harbaugh deciding to take Blaine Gabbert.
The Titans will pay the price to move up a few spots, probably with the Cleveland Browns, who will be more than happy to drop two spots and get an extra draft pick.
St. Louis Rams
If the Washington Redskins look like they're going to draft Julio Jones, look for the St. Louis Rams to try and move up ahead of them.
If it reaches the ninth pick and both Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara are off the board, the Cowboys will trade down.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Head Coach Jack Del Rio have been given a mandate: Make the playoffs in 2011 or else.
With that in mind, don't be surprised to see the Jags sacrifice a few picks to move up and take one of the best defensive ends in the draft.
The Jaguars draft 16th, but by then a lot of the best defensive ends are gone. They can settle for what's available or make the big move and take the best.
With the executioner sharpening his ax, the Jags will move up to take the best.
The Seahawks, probably sensing the Steelers are going to try and move up to take Mike Pouncey, may strike first and move up to take the best offensive line prospect on the board at the moment, Nate Solder.
The Seahawks won't move up a spot or two to try and beat the Steelers because why move up to take a guy who could still be on the board? You move up to take the guy you would have no chance to get at your current draft slot.
The Raiders have no first-round picks. So don't be surprised to see the Raiders try and change that by moving up into the bottom of the first round if they think there is a guy they really want who won't be there by the middle of the second round.
With Al Davis, anything is possible.
San Francisco 49ers
While the 49ers aren't going to try and trade up with their first pick, if Jim Harbaugh decides he's going to take a quarterback with his second pick, he may feel he has to trade up to get the guy he wants.
The beginning of the second round could be a race to see who can get their quarterback first, and the 49ers don't draft again until the 45th pick.
The Broncos traded back up last year to secure Tim Tebow, so anything is possible.