2017 NFL Draft Sets Record for Number of Trades

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27:  (L-R) Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina poses with Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell after being picked #2 overall by the Chicago Bears (from 49ers) during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The 2017 NFL draft hasn't even concluded, but teams have already executed a record number of trades in Philadelphia.

On Saturday, league spokesman Brian McCarthy announced the 37 trades at this year's draft surpassed the old mark (34) set in 2008. NFL Network's Rich Eisen explained one big factor behind the draft record:

Rich Eisen @richeisen

Thanks to compensatory picks being available for trade for first time, we have a new record for trades in a Common Era draft: 37

No deal has made bigger waves than the Chicago Bears' moving up to the second overall selection to pick Mitchell Trubisky. In order to move up just one spot, the Bears swapped first-round picks with the San Francisco 49ers and sent the Niners their 2017 third- and fourth-round picks as well as a third-rounder in 2018.

The Kansas City Chiefs also surprised many when they traded up to the No. 10 pick to get Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs traded away their 2017 first- and third-rounders and their first-round pick for next year.

Teams were aggressive to try to get the best quarterbacks in this year's class, but Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski thought the Cleveland Browns had the best approach as they added DeShone Kizer in the second round without making a trade:

Brent Sobleski @brentsobleski

I'd much rather have DeShone Kizer in second round + Garrett, Peppers, Njoku over trading up in 1st for Trubisky, Mahomes or Watson.

Brent Sobleski @brentsobleski

To me, there wasn't much difference between first- and fifth-rated QBs in this year's class. All have issues. All need time to develop.

This year may be a bit of an outlier in terms of the volume of trades, but NFL general managers will never stop doing whatever it takes to get the top player on their draft board.


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