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Broncos, Titans, Redskins, Bears trading out?

Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 12:41 pm
The 2011 NFL Draft is still 16 days away, but NFL teams are already making phone calls about potentially draft-day trades.

According to multiple sources in the league, the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears are all exploring their options.

The Broncos, owners of the No. 2 overall pick, are thought the unlikeliest to actually be able to trade out of their selection. The significant cost of signing a player drafted that high and this year's lack of an elite prospect hurts their chances.

The Titans, owners of the No. 8 overall pick, however, could be in a more enviable position. Sitting ahead of the Dallas Cowboys -- who many believe are targeting USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith -- the Titans could auction off the pick in the hopes that some team is willing to pay to steal him from Dallas.

Sources tell me the Titans would like to draft a quarterback at No. 8, but are worried that there won't be one worthy of the No. 8 pick. They may have to trade back into the first round, however, rather than waiting for whichever quarterback might slip to their second round pick, No. 39 overall. In trading down from No. 8, they could add the picks needed to move up from the second round and still keep enough selections to help re-tool their young roster.

The Redskins, owners of the 10th overall pick, also could be looking to trade down and acquire more picks. Washington does not have a third or fourth round pick in this year's draft and have several needs. Mike Shanahan is thought likely to pick up a quarterback in this year's draft and has to figure out a way to add talent to a 3-4 defense still largely built on players ideally suited to a four-man front.

The Chicago Bears are perhaps the biggest surprise of the bunch. Despite playing in the NFC Championship game, the Bears have concerns along both lines and could use help at receiver and in the secondary. Considering the talent likely to be available at each of these positions, the Bears could have plenty of options staring at them at No. 29. As such, they could be one of the teams at the end of the first round willing to trade back to allow a club desperate to snatch up a quarterback before the expected run on the position begins in the second round.

Fellow Senior Analyst Chad Reuter and I aren't allowed to project trades in our mock drafts. Here they are anyway...


Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:52 pm

Broncos, Titans, Redskins, Bears trading out?

i dont see many teams trading up with Denver, but the Titans, Redskins and Bears could be lucky. the Redskins will likely trade back a few spots, grab Locker or Mallett and move on.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:41 pm

Broncos, Titans, Redskins, Bears trading out?

They could be looking to trade back into the #20-#30 range - that's when the run on QBs will happen. The fact that the value is so obviously in the later part of the round means they won't get as much for their high picks as they otherwise would, but still, if you can get the guy you think is your QB of the future and add maybe a 3rd and a 4th, or even a 2nd, that's a good first round, no?

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:59 am

Broncos, Titans, Redskins, Bears trading out?

this article doesnt really make too much sense.  Dallas can have Tyron Smith at 9....nobody is taking smith in the top ten, thats the problem. Dallas wants Peterson. If he goes too high, they wont get him. IF he drops past Arizona, then dallas will try to move up. I dont think they can, but they'll try. The only team who really seems likely to trade down is Washington. They dont need a single impact player, they need lots of them. They need good young plaers and would be happy to trade out of the first to get multiple picks in the 2nd, 3rd and even 4th rounds.

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 9:49 am

Broncos, Titans, Redskins, Bears trading out?

I always hate the talk of how much each pick is worth in points terms, bottom line if a team really wants out of pick 5 for example because there's no one there their mad about or the player they want will be avaliable at pick 15 then they'd be better off trading back to 15 as a straight swap cos it means a cheaper contract. It wouldn't make sense to stay at 5 and reach, well not in my book anyway.

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