Pro Football Hall of Famer Gil Brandt, one of the few people in the industry whose draft knowledge spans farther back than Pro Football Weekly’s, said Monday “that with three teams owning multiple picks in the first round, we could see unprecedented maneuverings” in this draft.
This year, the Oakland Raiders (pick Nos. 4, 24 and 27), New York Giants (6 and 17) and Green Bay Packers (12 and 30) wield more than one first-rounder, marking the seventh time in the past decade with at least three teams in that category but only the second instance when more than one club possessed the picks before draft night.
That means more time to plan how the picks will be used, and on the phones with other clubs discussing additional trades. There’s also little consensus on the top passing prospects in a so-so lot, and several clubs that have made major investments at the position recently at least considering dipping their toes in the QB waters again.
Add in the reality that more and more clubs are attacking every season like it’s Super Bowl or bust, and Brandt appears to be onto something.
But which teams, prospects and veterans are most likely to be involved in said trades? Here’s a handy cheat sheet with our educated guesses:
• In addition to the three aforementioned clubs, a few to keep an eye on because they have multiple Day 2 picks that can be leveraged to return to Round 1: New England Patriots (five of the top 101 picks), Houston Texans (four in the top 86), Indianapolis Colts (four in the top 89) and Kansas City Chiefs (four in the top 92).
• Loaded or not, the QB class’ top prospects not only will be sought after, they likely will be acquired after trades. To wit: Ten of the past 11 quarterbacks selected in Round 1 were secured via trades. As for the candidates not named Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones, a few non-QBs we could envision teams dealing to obtain in the latter part of the first round include Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons, Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown and OL Cody Ford and LSU CB Greedy Williams.
• If the Cardinals indeed spend the first overall pick on Kyler Murray, Josh Rosen likely will be dealt at some point over the next week or so ... but that you already knew. One of the best ways to glean which other vets could be available is by identifying other clubs with new coaching staffs and schemes. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem willing to move Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy. The Green Bay Packers probably are all ears on offers involving TE Jimmy Graham. The Cleveland Browns almost certainly are motivated to move RB Duke Johnson.
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders, Dolphins WR Kenny Stills, San Francisco 49ers DL Arik Armstead, Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette, Atlanta Falcons DE Vic Beasley, Seattle Seahawks DE Frank Clark and Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr are other potential trade chips that shouldn't be eyeing real estate in their current cities.