The 2016 NFL draft is less than three weeks away. And after months of breaking down mock drafts, inevitably all of our projections will be shaken up when the trading frenzy begins on draft day.
Draft-day trades are tough to predict ahead of time because so much depends on how the draft begins to take shape and which players are still on the board when any given team is on the clock.
We can, however, identify a few teams likely to be interested in moving up in the draft for strategic purposes. So in this latest mock draft, let's take a look at a couple of potential swaps that could shake up the first round.
|NFL Mock Draft|
|1||Tennessee Titans||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|2||Cleveland Browns||Jalen Ramsey||DB||Florida State|
|3||Philadelphia Eagles*||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota State|
|4||Dallas Cowboys||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Myles Jack||LB||UCLA|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Jared Goff||QB||California|
|8||San Diego Chargers*||DeForest Buckner||DE||Oregon|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson|
|10||New York Giants||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|11||Chicago Bears||Leonard Floyd||LB||Georgia|
|12||New Orleans Saints||Sheldon Rankins||DT||Louisville|
|13||Miami Dolphins||Darron Lee||LB||Ohio State|
|14||Oakland Raiders||Vernon Hargreaves||CB||Florida|
|15||Los Angeles Rams||Paxton Lynch||QB||Memphis|
|16||Detroit Lions||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State|
|17||Atlanta Falcons||Kevin Dodd||DE||Clemson|
|18||Denver Broncos*||Connor Cook||QB||Michigan State|
|19||Buffalo Bills||Noah Spence||LB||Eastern Kentucky|
|20||New York Jets||Eli Apple||CB||Ohio State|
|21||Washington Redskins||William Jackson III||CB||Houston|
|22||Houston Texans||Corey Coleman||WR||Baylor|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Josh Doctson||WR||TCU|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
|25||Pittsburgh Steelers||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State|
|26||Seattle Seahawks||Cody Whitehair||OG||Kansas State|
|27||Green Bay Packers||Reggie Ragland||LB||Alabama|
|28||Kansas City Chiefs||Mackensie Alexander||CB||Clemson|
|29||Arizona Cardinals||Ryan Kelly||C||Alabama|
|30||Carolina Panthers||Jason Spriggs||OT||Indiana|
|31||Indianapolis Colts*||Derrick Henry||RB||Alabama|
|* indicates projected trade|
Philadelphia Eagles Acquire No. 3 Pick from San Diego Chargers
The Philadelphia Eagles have already moved up once in this draft, swapping first-round selections with the Miami Dolphins in a deal that sent Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell to Miami. But that move may have only been a precursor to what the Eagles have planned for draft day.
Despite re-signing Sam Bradford, the Eagles are still in the market for a quarterback and appear to be considering one early in the draft.
Philadelphia's front office is visiting with the three most highly touted quarterback prospects this week, according to Howard Eskin of Fox 29 in Philadelphia:
The Eagles don't have a ton of ammunition for a trade, having already parted with their second-round pick as part of last year's Bradford trade. But with a combination of late-round picks this year and early-round picks in the 2017 draft, the Eagles should be able to work out a deal with a team such as the San Diego Chargers.
The primary attraction of moving up to No. 3 would be jumping the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, both of which could take quarterbacks.
If the Eagles have their sights set on Jared Goff or Carson Wentz, there's no guarantee either will slide to them if they stay put at No. 8.
Denver Broncos Acquire No. 18 Pick from Indianapolis Colts
The Denver Broncos have been linked to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick throughout the offseason, but it appears as though the two sides are still far apart. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport recently shared his doubt over whether the two sides can work out a trade:
If the #Broncos & Kaepernick want a trade bad enough, it can happen. But the obstacles are many. The Elway meeting didn't solve them.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 2, 2016
If Kaepernick isn't with the Broncos by draft day, general manager John Elway could turn his attention toward landing a quarterback in the first round.
Unfortunately for Denver, landing a solid quarterback at No. 31 might be a long shot.
Wentz, Goff and Paxton Lynch will likely be long gone by No. 31, and even Michigan State's Connor Cook could be snatched up by a team such as the New York Jets or Arizona Cardinals.
Assuming Denver wants to trade up—likely with Lynch or Cook as the target—there should be plenty of teams interested in moving down in an effort to accumulate picks.
Based on Pro Football Talk's trade value chart, the Broncos' No. 31 and No. 63 picks add up to 876 points, just shy of the 900-point value assigned to the Colts' No. 18 selection.