2014 NFL Draft Trade Scenarios: Teams That Could Be On The Move

Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing adds more drama to draft days than trading.  With the 2014 NFL draft approaching, what are some teams in line to do some wheeling and dealing?

Trade Up

Cleveland Browns

Holding the fourth pick in the draft probably means the Cleveland Browns could choose to stay where they are, but with an extra first and third round pick in tow they have plenty of ammunition to move up if they choose.  The question at hand is what would they move up for.  The 2014 class has a solid selection of quarterbacks, which is their biggest need.  Having the fourth pick means they have a good shot at landing a quality signal caller.  What it comes down to is whether the Browns will have their eye on somebody specific who they feel might go before them, say to Jacksonville.

New York Jets

Thanks to the Darrelle Revis trade with Tampa Bay, the New York Jets have some extra currency to deal in a third round pick.  Their offense is in need of some help, particularly at wide receiver.  The problem for them is the Baltimore Ravens are picking a few spots ahead and there’s a strong chance they will go for a receiver as well.  That means if the Jets have their eyes on a specific guy, say Marqise Lee of USC or Sammy Watkins of Clemson, that third round pick may be just enough to vault them ahead of the Ravens to get that playmaker for Geno Smith.

Minnesota Vikings

A lot of this depends on how aggressive the Minnesota Vikings want to be.  They do have an extra third round pick courtesy of a deal with Seattle for Percy Harvin, but it would likely take more than that to move up from the eighth pick.  There are a number of trade partners available who might allow them a shot at a quarterback or perhaps defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.  Minnesota has proven aggressive over the past few drafts and hasn’t hesitated to go after players they like.  If the right names is on the board, they will pounce.

Trade Down

St. Louis Rams

Everybody saw it coming but the St. Louis Rams made it clear the moment it became official.  Once again holding the second pick in the draft, they have already announced they will openly receive offers for the selection, no doubt trying to duplicate their enormous plunder from 2012 when the Washington Redskins handed them two extra first round picks and a second rounder as well for the rights to Robert Griffin III.  The quarterback class of 2014 isn’t quite as strong in terms of star power as that one was, but they could still make yet another impressive haul if the right team is interested.

Chicago Bears

It would be great if the Chicago Bears could land a building block player like Clowney or linebacker C.J. Mosley but the truth is their defense needs more help than one player can provide.  It would be much more preferable for them to move down to collect more picks.  Sitting at 14th there is a good chance they could see some action, especially with the Jets and Ravens picking right behind them.  Phil Emery has seven picks, which isn’t bad but he also has 27 pending free agents coming up in March.  Getting more 2014 NFL draft ammunition has to top his priority list and for once he’s in a position to do something about it.

Topics: 2014 Nfl Draft, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, St. Louis Rams

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  • Paul Newbold

    As far as the Jets, I see them staying put in the first round .A TE is in need as much as a wide receiver and one or both of this year’s top TE’s are likely to be available. With a deep draft at receiver, they can take a receiver in the second, and third rounds, or possibly use the third rounder to move back into the second and double dip for another receiver. While the Jets would benefit from the big play makers in the first round, they need numbers at WR, there isn’t one player in any draft that can fix the Jets WR corps. Idzik has shown he is not in the game to make a big splash, he seems more interested in the improvement of the team quietly and efficiently. Either way with 12 picks in this year’s draft, it’ll be an interesting one to watch.

    • Erik Lambert

      Don’t forget about free agency Paul. They could easily find some quality receivers or a tight end there and eliminate the need for numbers in the draft and thereby opening the door for a more aggressive move if they see a player they like. I doubt the Jets plan to draft and sign 12 rookies, so why not go after a difference-maker?

      • Paul Newbold

        Agreed, they won’t draft and sign 12 rookies. They have attempted for the last three seasons to go the free agency route for WR’s, admittedly on the cheap. The Jets have NEVER really had much success with TE’s, and their offense has suffered immensely over the years. A big young TE who can block as well as catch would go miles towards helping Smith’s development. Idzik is a contract guy and has shied away from big free agency signings. I see them addressing linebacker via free agency, as well as safety (I’d love to see Dix here, but he’ll be long gone), with multiple CB’s eligible for free agency (most have done little to make a case for keeping), the Jets secondary needs a face lift. Multiple needs including the offense line (Colon a free agent and Ducasse a bust). As I said, the draft is deep at WR. I’d love to see them draft one of the big name receivers, the play makers! I just see them playing the numbers game and drafting young receivers who will be around with Smith. Should they trade up? Maybe. But let’s face it this the NY Jets we’re talking here…anything is possible! lol

        • Erik Lambert

          It wouldn’t have to be a far trade up, mind you. They could probably get Marqise Lee at #14 in a deal with Chicago and it would likely only cost them a third round pick, of which they have two. Then you still have plenty of picks left and don’t forget the corner class is deep as well.

          • Paul Newbold

            I see your side of it. We are both speculating of course, A case can be made for trading up to take Lee, with his speed in addition to a healthy and more sure handed Stephen Hill, the Jets would be much improved. I’m just see them chasing a TE in the first either Ebron or Amaro if available, of course they may gamble on Jenkins being around in the second, though I think he’s more of a project then the others. Winslow, Cumberland, and Reuland are all free agents this season, and an elite tight end is over due in NY. Like I said this year’s draft will be an interesting one to watch for the NY Jets. Thanks for the feedback.

          • Erik Lambert

            My pleasure.

  • Gary Stewart

    love the rams position at 2 and 13. chicago just resigned cutler so the teams thinking they could get cutler just joined the biggest bidding war of the year. while there are a few left after bridgewater , like manziel bortles and hundley and carr to name a few my guess is one of the teams below us is thinking i want that guy instead of ill take whoever falls to me. and by the way atlanta may want to jump oakland to get to clowney or barr who knows ideally clev gives us 4 and 25 for #2 and we stay ahead of oak and atl. lastly manziel and hundley have yet to announce so who knows each that goes back to school improves our bargaining power

    • Erik Lambert

      I don’t think Atlanta will move up. They already did that for Julio Jones and need to think about adding more youth. Besides, if they can’t get Clowney I imagine they’ll settle for Jake Matthews. Really the only team I see making a push for the #2 pick is Cleveland, but nobody knows what they are doing now after canning Chudzinski. Unfortunately after seeing what happened to Washington I’m willing to bet several teams will hesitate to pay for that pick for a quarterback like Bortles, Carr or Manziel (who declared he’s going pro). I personally believe Hundley will declare as well, especially after his performance in the bowl game.

      Realistically Cleveland and Oakland are the only two teams who might make the jump to get a QB. The wild card to me is Tampa Bay and whether Lovie Smith might want to make an aggressive push to get Clowney.

      • Gary Stewart

        my scenario is possible i had our 2 for clev 4&25ish then our 4 for 5 or 6 then our 5or 6 for 7 atl was an either /or w oak but the 3 time trade down is still poss w/o atl and going 2 to 4 to 5 to 7 each adding a pick #25 for #2 a 2nd rounder for #4 then a 2nd rounder for #5 nets us a trade down of 5 spots and an extra late 1 and 2 2s. and with the qb lovers we may still get matthews and if not our consolation is barr or kuondjo

        • Erik Lambert

          Nice idea but not likely. The chances of the Rams getting four or five teams willing to trade up just one spot is far too optimistic. Possible? Yes. Probable? No. Your best hope is Cleveland.

          • Gary Stewart

            it was my dream scenario maybe not likely but certainly becomes possible when/if roger goodell says with the first pick houston takes teddy bridgewater. i view the biggest problem being that it needs to be set in advance because they only have what 10 minutes on the clock in the first round?

          • Erik Lambert

            Believe me. As a Bears fan I hope they do the same thing with the 14th pick, move down methodically and collect some currency. What it comes down to for the Rams accomplishing that task is how high teams will be on Derek Carr, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel after Bridgewater goes off the board. You also must consider whether the Rams are still as high on Sam Bradford and so many think. Perhaps there will be something they see in those three that could put the team over the hump. Too many variables to consider at this point.

          • Gary Stewart

            erik i realize i am dreaming a bit but if clowney is still on the board at #2 and oakland has decided to stand pat at qb they atl and oak could be bidding for clowney while clev and jax plus my 2 dark horses tampa and minn try to figure out how to jump to the top of the pile doesnt minn have a few picks left over from the percy harvin trade?

          • Erik Lambert

            Very possible but don’t forget Anthony Barr is a more than adequate consolation prize for whichever team fails to get Clowney. If anything he’s more versatile. OAK and ATL will go in realizing that if indeed a pass rusher is their top choice. The team I see making a run at Clowney is Tampa. Lovie Smith did great things in Chicago when he had Julius Peppers. By adding Clowney along with Lavonte David, Greg McCoy and Mark Barron the essentials of that Tampa 2 defense will be met.

          • Gary Stewart

            heres one for you i saw a mock that had anthony barr to the cowboys @17 i had to admit that my love affair with haha dix would turn to sorry kid but i gotta go with barr if hes there at 13th. btw guessing the mocker is a cowboys fan lol

          • Erik Lambert

            That guy is dreaming. No way Barr makes it out of the top ten. If not for Clowney and the quarterbacks he would be top five material. Too big, too strong, too fast and too good.

          • Gary Stewart

            so you have #1 teddy? we are going to trade down bet on it maybe clev at 4 25ish if no atl or oak tampa trys to get barr or clowney assuming jax goes qb at 3 just cant see a spot where we cant find a suitor.

          • Gary Stewart

            erik its not 4 or 5 its 1 clev 2 oak or atl and 3 tampa or minn so really just 3 teams needed between 2 and 8

          • Zachery Klausman

            Don’t forget about the Jags here if they feel Cleveland or another team period might jump them and take their guy they could also push to work something out. If it played out that way would be 1. Bridgewater 2.QB 3.QB and 4. QB that would be nuts.

          • Gary Stewart

            if the jags wanna be sure to get their qb and bridgewater isnt their guy they need to talk to the rams at #2. oh and a new possible to trade up or down is tennessee they just fired their coach and the new guy may want a qb locker has flashed but cant seem to stay on the field

      • Jimmy DeMarco

        The one thing you’re forgetting about Tampa Bay is, if they get Marinelli from Dallas, they’ll be swapping 1st Rd picks. Dallas will move up to 7th. And unless Tampa is willing to trade their entire draft for Clowney, they won’t be getting him at 17.

        • Erik Lambert

          Not happening. Leslie Frazier is taking over in Tampa Bay.

      • Gary Stewart

        clev oakland tampa and now that hundley of ucla has decided to go back to school even minn is going to be in the game. tenn is changing coach maybe they want a new qb as well locker flashes but cant stay healthy. i dont look for the bounty like we got in 2012 for the rg3 pick but, like zachary i believe one team will fall in love and now with hundley out of the mix 1 more team may be left out. if we take a 2015 #1 it should be from clev or oak maybe minn or jax because they are more likely to struggle next year and the pick is most likely to be higher and if we do better ours is gonna go lower but any 2 1st next year would be welcome GO RAMS!!

        • Erik Lambert

          Houston certainly isn’t helping you by wanting to trade down as well.

          • Gary Stewart

            if the #1 pick is traded it will create a flurry and if not the gms that have been preparing thier offers will have 10 mins to convince the rams

  • Sammy Z

    Interesting theory on the Bears.

    • Erik Lambert

      It is a selfish hope of mine. ;)

      • Michael Rushton

        I think Briggs gets traded to Tampa for more draft picks. Win-win if the Bears switch to more of a 3-4/4-3 Hybrid (which they will). What do you think he fetches in that scenario? A potential future HoF’er who hasn’t shown any drop off and who would immediately become the leader of Lovie’s defense? I know a first rounder is out of the question but maybe a second rounder? A third and a fifth? What do you think?

        • Erik Lambert

          Nothing because they have Lavonte David. Peppers on the other hand might fetch something between a third and fifth round pick provided an agreement can be reached on that contract. Tampa Bay needs a pass rusher and I think the Bears are willing to cut ties with Pep.

  • Zachery Klausman

    I doubt teams will remain cautious. RG3 is still a good QB the Redskins had who Shannigans coaching for them! A team will fall in love with these QB’s throughout the combine and NFL private workouts someone will trade up for the 2nd pick because Teddy Bridgewater will be gone at 1. The Texans and Bill O’Brien will not pass on him. Teams will get frantic and make a huge trade for the #2 pick to get their QB. I am hoping the Rams get another 1st round pick next year. With both our 1st round picks we need to take the best available OT, OG in that order. We need to build a dominate nasty OL I’m sick of Bradford not having time in the pocket or having running lanes. This way if Bradford doesn’t pan out we have 2 first rounds for the 2015 draft and can trade up for the #1 QB.

  • Gary Stewart

    attention to fans of the following teams jax, cle, oak, tb, minn and tenn brett hundley qb out of ucla is going back to school thats one less qb in the draft again i remind you the rams pick is up for sale at #2 overall,

    • Erik Lambert

      So is the Texans pick at #1.

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