Teams Bound to Trade Up and Down in the NFL Draft

Every year, NFL draft rumors fly, regarding what teams will trade up, and what teams will look to trade down. While it is difficult, especially at this point in time, to pinpoint what teams will look to move around the draft order, listed below, are three teams who should look to trade up, as well as three teams who should look to trade down.

 

Trade Up:

Liberty QB, Malik Willis throwing during his combine drills

 

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals sit at the 31st overall pick, in this year’s draft. Cincinnati has a pressing need for offensive line help and should consider trading up 5-10 picks to secure their guy, whether it be Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green, Central Michigan’s Bernhard Raimann, or Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh reportedly is in love with Liberty QB, Malik Willis. While some experts and mock drafts may project him to slide, it will likely not happen. He will be taken within the top 11, and if Pittsburgh wants him, they would have to move up and hop the Commanders and/or Broncos. Otherwise, Desmond Ridder, Sam Howell, Kenny Pickett, and Matt Corral are at play for them at 20th overall; if they want to secure one of them, they may still trade up a few picks.

Washington Commanders

The Commanders are in a similar position as the Steelers, in the sense that they are desperate to land their QB of the future. Much like Pittsburgh, they really like Liberty’s Malik Willis. It is possible, with the top of this draft being considered relatively weak, that a team will be looking to trade back like the Jets, Panthers, or Falcons at picks 4, 6, and 8 respectively. If Washington, who is picking 11th, wants Willis they will more than likely have to hop the Broncos at 9th overall.

 

Trade Down:

 

Northern Iowa OT, Trevor Penning talking to the media before his combine workout

Baltimore Ravens

Ravens GM, Eric DeCosta, suggested their top priority is a DB who could create turnovers. With Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton, LSU’s Derek Stingley, and Cincinnati’s Ahmad Gardner likely off the board, taking one of the Washington corners or anyone else feels like a reach. Trading back 5-8 picks would be ideal to land a 1st round cornerback without reaching, and gaining a few later round picks in the process.

Carolina Panthers

Unless it is smoke, it sounds like the Panthers are very high on taking an OT at 6th overall. What happens, though, if Alabama’s Evan Neal, NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu, and Mississippi State’s Charles Cross are all drafted prior to that selection? It is very possible it happens. The Panthers would likely trade back 5-10 picks to land a mid-1st round tackle, rather than reaching. Like mentioned prior, the Commanders could be looking to trade up and land their QB; perhaps the Panthers trade back to the 11th pick so Washington can take Willis, and Carolina can take Trevor Penning or Bernhard Raimann.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers three biggest needs are DT, EDGE, and WR. Taking a DT at the 17th pick would be a reach just based off of positional value, plus the fact that this DT class is very close, in terms of their rankings. Likewise, the EDGE class and WR class are all very compact in rankings, and will stretch out through the 2nd round. Trading back 10, or so, picks would be ideal so they can get better value for one of those previously listed positions.

 

Be sure to check out my latest Two-Round NFL Mock Draft and stay tuned for more draft news as Draft Day approaches.

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