It’s never uncommon to see a flurry of trades take place during the NFL Draft, and 2019 should be no exception. Here are five possible moves for Round 1 this April.
Speculation is all too common in the weeks and months leading up to the NFL Draft. It’s why there are countless mock drafts out there, rumors and smokescreens leading up to the first name called on day one of the draft itself.
For the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals will have the luxury of selecting first, followed by the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets at pick Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. You can check out the full order here.
That order is fluid, however, and there are never shortages of trades in either direction. Case in point, the Kansas City Chiefs moved up to No. 10 overall back in 2017 to grab quarterback Patrick Mahomes. That move worked out pretty well for Kansas City.
In many cases, trade-ups involve moves for a quarterback. And in 2019, there are more teams in need of a prospective signal-caller than there are pro-ready QBs ready to go in Round 1.
This could create a lucrative bidding war for top picks, which puts teams like the Cardinals, 49ers and Jets (all of whom don’t need a quarterback) in good position to trade down for a would-be massive return in draft capital, should any of those squads see the need.
Pro Football Talk has a pretty good draft-pick trade-value chart out there, assigning point values to each pick, which descend in value for each selection. It’s not a “must follow” guide, or anything like that. But if one is looking to see what kind of value a pick holds, and also wants to gauge what should be adequate return compensation, it can be helpful.
With that as a backdrop, here are five different trades we may end up seeing when Round 1 of the NFL Draft kicks off this April.