NFL trades are a relative rarity over the course of the year, but that changes in a big way when it comes to the NFL draft, as teams are willing to wheel and deal in order to land their desired stars of the future.
The 2015 NFL draft is no different in that regard, as the trades are already starting to roll in. With seven rounds on tap, there are undoubtedly many more to come.
Check back here throughout all three days of the draft to remain updated on each and every trade.
Day 3 Trades
Jets Trade for RB Zac Stacy
The New York Jets confirmed the trade and added what they gave the Rams in return for Stacy:
Saints Trade Up for Redskins' No. 167 Overall Pick
Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune announced details of the trade, and the New Orleans Saints revealed their selection:
Colts Trade Up for 49ers' No. 151 Overall Pick
The San Francisco 49ers announced details of the trade, and the Indianapolis Cols revealed their selection:
Packers Trade Up for Patriots' No. 147 Overall Pick
The New England Patriots announced details of the trade, and the Green Bay Packers revealed their selection:
Falcons Trade Up for Vikings' No. 137 Overall Pick
The Minnesota Vikings announced details of the trade, and the Atlanta Falcons revealed their selection:
Buccaneers Trade Up for Raiders' No. 124 Overall Pick
The Oakland Raiders announced details of the trade, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers revealed their selection:
Cardinals Trade Up for Browns' No. 116 Overall Pick
Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group revealed details of the trade while the Arizona Cardinals announced their selection:
Lions Trade Up for Eagles' No. 113 Overall Pick
The Philadelphia Eagles announced details of the trade, and Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com revealed the Lions' selection:
Jets Trade Up for Jaguars' No. 103 Overall Pick
The New York Jets announced their selection, while Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union revealed details of the trade:
Panthers Trade Up for Raiders' No. 102 Overall Pick
The Carolina Panthers announced their selection, while Joseph Person of the The Charlotte Observer revealed details of the trade:
Day 2 Trades
Browns Trade Up for Patriots' No. 96 Overall Pick
The New England Patriots announced details of the trade before the Cleveland Browns announced their selection:
Lions Trade Up for Vikings' No. 80 Overall Pick
The Detroit Lions announced the trade and their selection:
Chiefs Trade Up for Vikings' No. 76 Overall Pick
The Minnesota Vikings announced the trade before the Kansas City Chiefs announced their selection:
Texans Trade Up for Jets' No. 70 Overall Pick
The New York Jets announced details of the trade, and the Houston Texans announced their selection:
Seahawks Trade Up for Redskins' No. 69 Overall Pick
The Seattle Seahawks announced details of the trade and their selection:
Buccaneers Trade Up for Colts' No. 61 Overall Pick
The Indianapolis Colts announced details of the trade before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers revealed their selection:
Ravens Trade Up for Cardinals' No. 55 Overall Pick
The Baltimore Ravens announced details of the trade and their selection:
Eagles Trade Up for Dolphins' No. 47 Overall Pick
Around the NFL announced details of the trade and the Philadelphia Eagles' selection:
Texans Trade Up for Browns' No. 43 Overall Pick
Around the NFL announced details of the trade and the Houston Texans' selection:
Panthers Trade Up for Rams' No. 41 Overall Pick
The Carolina Panthers announced details of the trade and their selection:
Giants Trade Up for Titans' No. 33 Overall Pick
Around the NFL announced details of the trade and the New York Giants' selection:
Day 1 Trades
Broncos Trade Up for Lions' No. 23 Overall Pick
Twentyman revealed details of the trade and the Denver Broncos announced their selection:
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Chargers Trade Up for 49ers' No. 15 Overall Pick
The San Francisco 49ers announced details of the first in-draft trade and the San Diego Chargers quickly announced its selection:
Notable Predraft Trades
Seahawks Send First-Round Pick to Saints for Jimmy Graham
While there were several attention-grabbing moves made this offseason, perhaps none of them measured up to the trade between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks that sent tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick to the Pacific Northwest in exchange for center Max Unger and the 31st overall selection in the 2015 draft.
Dealing a player of Graham's caliber certainly came as a huge surprise to Saints fans, but it made the draft even more interesting since New Orleans is now the owner of two first-round picks.
That may prove to be a major coup for the organization, but quarterback Drew Brees admitted to being taken aback by the trade when it was first announced, per an interview with WWL Radio (via ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas):
I think it shocked all of us. A lot of crazy things happened, though, during the course of free agency for a lot of different teams. Unfortunately, you've been around long enough, you see some of these things happen at times. If anything it shows the confidence our organization has in the young players, especially the young skill players on offense, just feeling like those are guys that now have a chance to step up and fill a big void and fill a big role and continue to progress forward.
Despite the initial feeling that Seattle may have won the trade by bringing in the biggest impact player, Saints head coach Sean Payton believes his team plugged holes by making the deal, per PFT on NBCSN:
The Saints are in a good spot with five picks in the first three rounds. That should allow them to improve one of the NFL's worst defenses, while also surrounding Brees with more talent on offense.
Seattle is perhaps the deepest team in the league, so the trade makes sense from its perspective as well, since its need for draft picks may not be as great as those of other organizations.
Browns Acquire Bills' 2015 First-Rounder at 2014 NFL Draft
One of the biggest trades concerning the first round of the 2015 NFL draft took place at last year's event when the Buffalo Bills traded their 2014 first-round pick as well as first- and third-round selections in the 2015 draft to the Cleveland Browns for their 2014 first-rounder.
The Bills selected wide receiver Sammy Watkins out of Clemson, while the Browns went with cornerback Justin Gilbert. Early returns suggest Buffalo has the advantage because Watkins went for 982 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, but Cleveland can change that by nailing the No. 19 selection in 2015.
Despite Watkins' solid rookie campaign, many have criticized the Bills for their aggressiveness. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is among those who believe Buffalo was too aggressive in moving up:
That argument may have some merit, since the Bills could have stayed put and selected New York Giants stud receiver Odell Beckham Jr., but new head coach Rex Ryan is happy to have Watkins in the fold, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News:
"That was a bold move, but it wasn't a brash move. It was a bold move. ... A guy like Sammy Watkins comes down the pike once every 10 years. So think (general manager Doug Whaley) just went for it and, obviously, we're fortunate to have Sammy."
While the aforementioned bold move means Buffalo will have to sit out the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, barring a trade, the Bills were ultimately able to get their guy.
The Browns, on the other hand, have a golden opportunity to improve their roster significantly with a pair of first-rounders, and they cannot afford to slip up.
Saints Net Dolphins' Third-Round Pick in Kenny Stills Deal
The Saints have been extremely active this offseason in terms of acquiring draft picks. In addition to the first-rounder they secured from Seattle, New Orleans also nabbed a third-round selection and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for wide receiver Kenny Stills.
While Stills was a dangerous deep threat for the Saints who racked up 931 yards and three touchdowns in 2014, New Orleans was able to bring in some good value. Ellerbe is a likely starter at inside linebacker, and the No. 78 selection could land another impact player.
According to Larry Holder of NOLA.com, Payton was quite pleased with the trade despite parting with an explosive offensive player:
The Saints have enough early picks that they can replace Stills at some point in the first three rounds. The 2015 draft class is remarkably deep at wide receiver, which may be why New Orleans was willing to pull the trigger on the deal.
New Orleans has positioned itself quite well, and it will arguably be the most interesting team to watch over the first two days of the draft.
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