The 2011 NFL Draft kicks off less than a month. That means it’s time to unveil my first edition of the 2011 NFL Mock Draft for rounds 1-2 with trades included. That’s right. There’s no misprint.
Mock drafts are sometimes generally accurate, but few and far between are produced with the boldness in packing trade implications. It’s no surprise-trades occur in every draft and this year’s will certainly be no exception. So why not step out on a limb and see if it’s possible to nail a few? It’s more fun this way and can actually become more precise.
Feel free to create your own trade implications in the comment section. Just like last year’s edition, you’ll need to have an open mind, strap on your seat belt and prepare for blood to shoot out of your eyes! The details of each trade will be at the end of the post. Enjoy!
1. Carolina: Marcell Dareus, DL, Alabama
Jimmy Clausen didn’t pan out well in his rookie year, but last I checked neither did Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre. Give Clausen time and a veteran to mold him. Defensive tackle is the top need. With his size, quickness and versatility, Marcell Dareus is the most logical selection.
2. Minnesota: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (From Denver)
The Denver Broncos have made it evident they’re looking to move down and stockpile. Minnesota is an obvious trade partner-with a new coach and a glaring need for a quarterback.
The Vikings will have some competition in the fight for Newton with Cincinnati and Washington trying to jump Buffalo. But losing a second round pick would hurt the beleaguered Bengals and Redskins worse than Minnesota, a team that just needs leadership and to stay healthy.
3. Buffalo: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
With Cam Newton off the board, Buffalo seeks out the best prospect available. The Bills may have ranked 3rd against the pass last season, but Terrence McGee, 30, has missed 12 games the past two years and Drayton Florence isn’t exactly setting any records anytime soon. The versatile star shut-down corner will bring tears to the eyes of Tom Brady and Rex Ryan.
4. Cincinnati: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
Cincinnati will consider every possible trade scenario come April 28th with question marks around Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco and several missing pieces on defense. But after the T-Ocho experiment erupted like a volcano, the most coherent option is staring them right in the face-picking up the new No. 1 receiver A.J. Green to get the job done, and then some.
5. Arizona: Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
Von Miller seals a major void for the Arizona defense, and unlike our country’s current administration, he will deliver tremendous change and a dramatic instantaneous impact. Unless Buffalo takes him or Houston jumps up to 4th, this pick is pretty much set in stone.
6. Cleveland: Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
What’s the next best thing for the Cleveland Browns than getting their hands on Marcell Dareus or A.J. Green? One of the star defensive ends. It boils down to who the organization likes more-Robert Quinn, who missed all of last year, and Da’Quan Bowers, who’s stock is on a decline with recent medical issues coming into the equation. The first bit of business after deciding to shift back to the standard 4-3 Defense is to jack up the play in the trenches. Bowers accumulated 15.5 sacks last season. Simply put, mission accomplished.
7. San Francisco: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Nate Clements could be on his way out and San Francisco’s secondary is already one of the worst in the league. Although local DE Cameron Jordan and Robert Quinn are solid options, the 49ers can’t pass on Prince Amukamara, the second best defensive back in this year’s Draft.
8. Tennessee: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
Red flags appear with everything from his dirty play to conditioning to his status as a one-year wonder. Nevertheless, Nick Fairley is a great match for the Tennessee Titans. With Derrick Morgan returning healthy, the Titans’ defensive line could become a frightening force in 2011.
9. Dallas: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
When was the last time Jerry Jones selected an offensive lineman in the first round? I think dinosaurs were still roaming around…. Okay, not that long, but still, it’s been 22 years. There are rumors the Cowboys long for Nate Solder, and eventually people have to tweak trends.
10. Washington: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Just like Carolina, everybody’s brother is being considered for the Washington Redskins. Robert Quinn, Aldon Smith, Cameron Jordan, Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, Mark Ingram, and Julio Jones are among the most likely potential prospects. But Donovan McNabb looks to be staying and the Redskins must have an upgrade at wide receiver. Welcome in one of the toughest, most explosive WR prospects since the turn of the century.
11. Houston: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
Sure, he missed a year of football and perhaps could be better suited as a 4-3 DE. And his stock has dropped slightly with the brain tumor. But he played through it and excelled in ’09, and there’s a reason Quinn is still a lock as a Top 20 pick. Look for the fumble-forcing machine to show the 10 teams that passed on him just what they missed from the get-go with the Texans.
12. Denver: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (From Minnesota)
Jimmy Smith’s stock escalated a month ago but has now dropped back down with more public knowledge of his character issues. However, Smith’s size and speed make him a steal in the Top 15 for any team that can deal with his off-the-field issues. Enter the Denver Broncos, who brought in a ton of high character players last year. Champ Bailey will mold him into a star CB.
13. Detroit: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
Deviating from years past, Detroit doesn’t have a list as long as the Stimulus Bill of needs to address. There’s not an ounce of doubt that if Prince Amukamara is available, the Lions would leap on him like a tiger after its prey. Nonetheless, the team went through 3 QBs in 2010 because of injuries. Tyron Smith will do a bang up job protecting Matthew Stafford’s blind side for the next 10+ years.
14. St. Louis: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
With Julio Jones taken, St. Louis revamps its front seven with an excellent pass rusher and local product Aldon Smith. (That’s three prospects selected in a row with the last name Smith.) Smith missed some action in 2010, but picked up 4.5 sacks, 10 TFL and has drawn comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul in terms of raw athleticism.
15. San Diego: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin (From Miami)
With the 15th overall pick comes the second trade, as San Diego bolts up three spots to secure a top-notch 3-4 DE after already losing out on Julio Jones, Aldon Smith and Robert Quinn. Declining defensive lineman Jacques Cesaire is a free agent, so the Chargers can’t pass on Watt.
16. Jacksonville: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Contrary to last year, Jacksonville finds a great steal with its first pick, rather than making a major reach. But similarly, the Jags hunt down a top defensive lineman, who actually played with Tyson Alualu at Cal.
17. New England: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
Left tackle Matt Light is a free agent and the Patriots need a long-term replacement. Anthony Castonzo (no relation to George from Seinfeld), a local standout, is the consensus top left tackle available and provides a smooth transition for the offensive line.
18. Miami: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (From San Diego)
Let me explain, because your head is probably spinning by now. This is most likely the farthest down you’ve seen Blaine Gabbert in any mock draft up to this point and could very well stay that way.
I feel like many catch amnesia-forgetting that there’s an annual drop-off after the first quarterback is taken. Were you surprised with the fall of Jimmy Clausen last year? You really shouldn’t have been.
In the last 15 years, how many times have multiple quarterbacks been selected in the Top 5? Five (1998-Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf, 1999-Tim Couch and Donovan McNabb, 2002-David Carr and Joey Harrington… which was a double-whammy for me as a Lions and Texans fan… 2004-Eli Manning and Phillip Rivers and 2009-Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez). It happened in seven instances for players selected in the Top 10, adding to the list Carson Palmer and Byron Leftwitch from 2003 and Vince Young and Matt Leinart in 2006.
Blaine Gabbert is a great quarterback, but not all that close to the level of Matt Stafford, Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford when they entered the draft. Gabbert reminds me much more of Joe Flacco, who coincidently, was also selected 18th overall. Gabbert didn’t launch many deep balls at Mizzou, but he’s certainly a steal as a mid-first-round-pick and could be the QB Miami has been searching for years.
19. N.Y. Giants: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
After New England steals away the Giants’ top prospect in Anthony Castonzo, New York does the same to its hated division rival Philadelphia, snatching up a big versatile beast in Gabe Carimi, who will repair one of the tackle positions and bring more needed youth up front.
20. Tampa Bay: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
It’s clearer than the Mediterranean-Tampa Bay has its sights set on a powerful pass rusher. The Buccaneers transformed the front four in last year’s draft and this will complete the overhaul and make theirs once again one of the league’s best. Adrian Clayborn’s stock may have taken a dive with character concerns, but he’ll be a welcome addition on Day 1 in Tampa.
21. New England: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (From Kansas City)
Washington, Detroit, Miami, Denver and Indianapolis are all potential destinations for Mark Ingram, but in the end, it will be New England, who trades up seven spots with Kansas City to deprive him away from the eyeing Colts. Ingram will make the Pats’ offense all the more lethal.
22. Indianapolis: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
Peyton Manning lead his team to the postseason again in 2010, but not without his numbers, receiving corps and his body taking tons of ruthless beatings along the way. Running back will need to be addressed, but upgrades are needed everywhere on the offensive line. Derek Sherrod might be a slight reach at 22, but he’s by far the best option.
23. Philadelphia: Ben Ijalana, OT/G, Villanova
Analogous to Indianapolis, Philadelphia’s most glaring weakness is the offensive line, which surrendered 52 sacks last season. With Jimmy Smith and Gabe Carimi off the board, versatile hometown product Benjamin Ijalana is clearly the best way to go.
24. New Orleans: Martez Wilson, ILB, UCLA
Martez Wilson is climbing the boards after an outstanding performance at the Combine. New Orleans has needed help at linebacker for years and finally makes the necessary upgrade.
25. Seattle: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
Just like Josh Freeman and Mark Sanchez, I have a very good feeling about Jake Locker. Seattle can afford to give him time to develop while Matt Hasselbeck holds down the fort.
26. Baltimore: Titus Young, WR, Boise State
Despite the additions of Donte’ Stallworth, Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh in 2010, the Ravens are still in desperate need of a fear-provoking deep threat to stretch the defense. While some consider it a reach, Titus Young is a terrific route-runner and possesses the lateral quickness and game-breaking speed of Eagles star DeSean Jackson.
27. Atlanta: Justin Houston, DE, Georgia
Although I could also easily see Atlanta taking Torrey Smith to bolster the receiving corps, there’s a ton of depth in this year’s WR class and not so much at DE. Local product Justin Houston is a perfect fit for the Falcons, as the team relishes DEs that can drop into coverage. Atlanta also needs to find a replacement for John Abraham, who will turn 33 this May.
28. Kansas City: Akeem Ayers, DE/OLB, UCLA (From New England)
Kansas City needs help at nose tackle, offensive tackle and wide receiver. Trading down with New England proves to be a great remedy. First on the docket is to upgrade the 3-4 OLB spot opposite Tamba Hali. The very versatile Akeem Ayers is excellent value at 28, possessing solid pass-rushing ability and great run support and coverage skills.
29. Chicago: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
Chicago allowed a league-high 60 sacks in 2010. If that’s not cause for alarm, I don’t know what is, but the Bears’ 28th-ranked passing attack didn’t help matters and needs serious upgrades. Devin Hester (40 Rec, 475 Yds), Greg Olsen (41 Rec, 404 Yds), Earl Bennett (46 Rec, 561 Yds) and Johnny Knox (51 Rec, 960 Yds) won’t cut it. Enter the hard-working speedster Torrey Smith.
30. N.Y. Jets: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
The Jets are only a couple of missing links from the big stage. Rex Ryan assesses a huge one right away with a massive nose tackle who’s stock has skyrocketed since the Senior Bowl-Phil Taylor out of Baylor. Looks like those AFC elites like Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and New England are making the right choice by upgrading their offensive lines.
31. Pittsburgh: Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida
Max Starks is coming off an injury; Willie Colon is a free agent. You can’t go wrong with taking the twin brother of Maurkice Pouncey, who excelled in his rookie year with the Steel Curtain. The two-Pouncey look is a tremendous advancement from an under-staffed, aging O-Line.
32. Green Bay: Muhammad Wilkerson, DL, Temple
Green Bay has had success with bloodline players and the fast-rising talented versatile Muhammad Wilkerson projects extremely well as a 3-4 DE, who looks to have success generating a very solid pass rush as well as holding the edge.
33. New England: Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue
New England must bolster its front seven with a high-caliber rush linebacker. Meet Ryan Kerrigan, an Academic All-American selection and team captain with a high motor and blue-collar attitude. He’s the classic Bill Belichek steal and possesses the versatility he craves.
34. Tennessee: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas (From Buffalo)
Ryan Mallett may have more character concerns than Charlie Sheen (okay, that’s a stretch), but Tennessee is one of those teams that doesn’t really care about off-the-field reputations (i.e. Pacman Jones, Vince Young, Kenny Britt and signing Randy Moss). Mallett has a huge arm, very good pocket presence and is worth moving up five spots to get to the Titans, since it eliminates the chance of him heading to Cincinnati, Arizona, or any other teams trying to trade up.
35. Cincinnati: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
Well what do you know…two quarterbacks are selected back-to-back. Analogous to Tennessee, Cincinnati doesn’t place high priority on character, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the team wants Mallett more than a kid from Florida State who’s stock is soaring after an impressive showing at the Combine. Christian Ponder is a terrific fit for Jay Gruden’s offense.
36. Denver: Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
After making a slight reach for Jimmy Smith, the Broncos begin to make out like bandits, patching up the secondary with ballhawk Rahim Moore, the top safety in this year’s class.
37. Cleveland: Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
The Browns’ draft will address mostly the defense, but there’s nothing wrong with taking a quick pit stop to give Colt McCoy a new toy to work with on offense. Jonathan Baldwin looks to take some pressure off of Mohamed Massaquoi and could become the new No. 1 receiver.
38. Arizona: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Whoever is the starting quarterback in Arizona next season will feel better if they have a safety net option over the middle and that’s exactly what Kyle Rudolph brings to the table. The tackle prospects worth an early second round pick are taken, so the glaring hole at TE is addressed.
39. Buffalo: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada (From Tennessee)
Floundering in mediocrity for the past decade, the Bills are in desperate need of a leader to seize control of the wheel and steer the team to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Chan Gailey and Co. know they’ll never sniff the postseason without a franchise quarterback. Buffalo has a relatively new regime and needs to find its guy. Many believe its Newton or Gabbert, and that’s fine. But I don’t believe they are the answer. The Bills can’t pass on Patrick Peterson. Colin Kaepernick has the mobility that Gailey covets. He’s also a terrific leader with something to prove at the next level and very well could take over the starting job by mid-season.
40. Dallas: Aaron Williams, CB/FS, Texas
When your secondary is torched by Rex Grossman, you know you have a problem. Versatile and local standout Aaron Williams could start right away at corner, but looks to be best suited at safety, taking over for Alan Ball. Either way, Williams installs a much-needed upgrade.
41. Washington: Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas
Without another pick until the 5th round, the Redskins will consider moving down the board, but ultimately can’t pass on rebuilding the front seven with Sam Acho, as Brian Orakpo was the only player to have over 2.5 sacks last season. Running back Mikel Leshoure and defensive end Cameron Heyward are solid alternatives.
42. Houston: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
Wow…that’s three Texas Longhorn players in a row. Veteran presence via free agency is the answer for the Texans’ secondary obstructions. Albeit Rahim Moore would be the best rout, local corner Curtis Brown equips the team with must-needed depth and should compete for a starting job with Kareem Jackson and Glover Quin.
43. Denver: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (From Minnesota)
Corey Liuget hasn’t received copiousness of attention in this jam-packed class of defensive linemen, but is a tremendous steal for the Broncos, effectively solving the team’s biggest need.
44. Detroit: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
Detroit’s defense saw amazing growth last season, especially in the trenches. The secondary still needs some work though, as everything can’t be left on the shoulders of Louis Delmas. Brandon Harris’ stock may have fallen slightly at the Combine, but he’s great value at No. 44.
45. San Francisco: Brooks Reed, DE/OLB, Arizona
Speaking of great value, the San Francisco 49ers are striking gold with the 45th overall pick. Brooks Reed ran the fastest 10-yard split of any defensive lineman at the Combine, only 0.05 seconds slower than Packers’ star Clay Matthews. Reed’s stock has recently soared, too.
46. Denver: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
It won’t be a cakewalk decision here for John Fox-whether to bolster the receiving corps or the backfield. Both areas have been plagued with recent injuries. However, Fox loves utilizing multiple backs, the Broncos haven’t had a solid, consistent back in ages and Mikel Leshoure could be the best player available. Won’t it be nice not to fall apart like a $2 suitcase if or when Knowshon Moreno goes down again with an injury?
47. St. Louis: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
SI’s Don Banks put it brilliantly: “Mike Mayock said if the Rams find the playmaking [Julio] Jones waiting for them at 14, they’ll probably sprint down to the podium to turn in their pick card. I’ve been covering the draft for more than 20 years now and I’ve never seen any team sprint to the podium. It’s really tight quarters on draft day and the aisles are never really clear enough for anyone to sprint. A light jog is probably the best you could do.” After missing out on Jones, St. Louis has a sigh of relief, finding a new play-maker downfield for franchise QB Sam Bradford.
48. Oakland: Marcus Cannon, G, TCU
Oakland’s biggest need approaching the 2011 season is upgrading the offensive line-specifically at guard-but don’t tell Al Davis because he’ll choose whoever ran the fastest time. Cannon had a phenomenal Combine performance and is ready to provide an instant impact.
49. Jacksonville: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
The Jaguars’ 31st-ranked pass defense desperately needs to be revamped. Jacksonville really loves Division II players, especially in its secondary. More than half (six of 11) of the defensive backs on the active roster played college for a team from FCS. Yeah, it blew my mind, too. The other five went to Clemson, Colorado, Iowa, Rutgers and Washington State. The 6-0, 190-pound Brandon Burton should be in good company and provides a de rigueur upgrade.
50. San Diego: Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
General Manager A.J. Smith has been known to take risks in the NFL Draft. Darren Sproles is a free agent and the Chargers’ special teams unit needs resurgence. Ryan Matthews must have a complimentary, pass-catching situational back to help him out as well. Enter Jacquizz Rodgers.
51. Tampa Bay: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina
After losing Barrett Ruud to free agency, Tampa Bay must focus on patching up its front seven. If it weren’t for a torn ACL, the endowed outside linebacker Bruce Carter would be a first-round-pick, so the Bucs are getting a great bargain here.
52. N.Y. Giants: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State
The days are numbered for Brandon Jacobs in New York and there’s not a ton of confidence in Ahmad Bradshaw’s ability to stay healthy for an entire season. The 6-0, 230-pound Daniel Thomas is deceptively cat-quick and often darn near impossible to bring down.
53. Indianapolis: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
The athletic former rugby player and Combine weight champion Stephen Paea is a hustler with a high motor and should excel in Indianapolis, taking over the job at defensive tackle for Daniel Muir.
54. Philadelphia: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
The Eagles’ secondary has no problem getting turnovers, but allowing big plays for touchdowns was nothing short of a major crisis last season. Ras-I Dowling, who can run stride for stride with receivers down the field, could quickly become part of the solution.
55. Kansas City: Randall Cobb, WR/KR, Kentucky
Kansas City added Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster in last year’s draft, so don’t expect Randall Cobb to be featured on a regular basis in the return game. Instead, Cobb will be used as a much-needed deep threat to stretch the field and take pressure away from Dwayne Bowe.
56. New Orleans: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
Just like nearly every teammate of his entering the draft, Marvin Austin’s stock was damaged from missing the 2010 season with a suspension and has some questions regarding his work ethic. Nevertheless, Austin is worth the risk at this stage and improves the Saints’ front four.
57. Seattle: Dan Watkins, G, Baylor
Some say he could be a first round pick, others declare he belongs in the third. I’m quite sure the only real negative about the 26-year-old guard from British Columbia is indeed his age. Seattle must patch up its offensive line and Watkins is excellent value for Pete Carroll & Co.
58. Baltimore: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
There’s always a few prospects who seem to plummet out of nowhere early on in the draft. Quite possibly one of the biggest steals of this year’s will be Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward, the son of former running back Ironhead Hewyard, who struggled throughout last season and recently had knee surgery. Heyward’s inconsistent, soft and his motor runs hot and cold. But he has the prototypical size for a 5-technique and the Ravens will relish this outstanding value.
59. Atlanta: Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy
Matt Ryan’s options were limited to Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez last season. Jerrel Jernigan had a terrific Pro Day and has already met with the Atlanta Falcons several times.
60. Kansas City: James Carpenter, OT, Alabama
The Chiefs need a long-term answer and better protection opposite Branden Albert. The highly-talented, versatile James Carpenter will bring a big smile to the face of Matt Cassel.
61. Miami: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams don’t look to be coming back next season. It’s only fitting that another Williams takes over the starting role. At 5-9, 212 pounds, the 20-year-old back racked up 2,132 yards on 403 carries with 30 touchdowns in two seasons with Virginia Tech.
62. Chicago: Reggie Hudson, G, Florida State
Albeit Reggie Hudson might not be a perfect suit for the Chicago offensive line, Jay Cutler won’t get through another full season without improved protection.
63. Pittsburgh: Marcus Gilchrist, DB, Clemson
The Steelers’ first two picks should target the offensive line and secondary. After picking up Mike, the twin brother of Maurkice Pouncey in round one, Pittsburgh strengthens its pass coverage with the versatile Marcus Gilchrist, who slowly risen on draft boards the last month. Gilchrist can play some right away at corner and potentially replace Ryan Clark down the road.
64. Arizona: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
With the final pick in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Andy Dalton, QB, TCU. Dalton is worth moving up five spots via Green Bay to secure from the eyeing Panthers, along with any other teams trying to move up. He’s mobile, accurate, confident, a strong leader, irrefutable winner and soon-to-be competitor for the starting job in Arizona.
Conclusion: VOTP, Trade Details
“The blind can see, the crippled can walk, and the people with skin diseases are healed. The deaf can hear, the dead are raised to life, and the good news is preached to the poor. Those who do not stumble in their faith because of me are blessed.”-Matthew 11:5
Trade Details: Sure, there will be more than five trades in the first two rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft. But you got to take it one step at a time. Trust me, you don’t want to see me try to project 20-25 trades. So here are the details of the projected five trades I’ve laid out.
Denver Gets: 1st Round Pick (12th Overall), 2nd Round Pick (43rd Overall), 2012 3rd Round Pick
Minnesota Gets: 1st Round Pick (2nd Overall)
Why Denver Trades: Marcell Dareus is taken; stockpiling is almost a must.
Why Minnesota Trades: Buffalo and Cincinnati want a crack at Cam Newton and the Vikings’ biggest need by far is leadership and a new quarterback.
San Diego Gets: 1st Round Pick (15th Overall)
Miami Gets: 1st Round Pick (18th Overall), 2nd Round Pick (61st Overall)
Why San Diego Trades: A Hail-Mary to receive a receive a star 3-4 DE and not be forced to reach on a player after missing out already on Julio Jones, Aldon Smith and Robert Quinn.
Why Miami Trades: Without a p2nd Round Pick coming into the draft and won’t have Blaine Gabbert by moving just three spots down.
New England Gets: 1st Round Pick (21st Overall)
Kansas City Gets: 1st Round Pick (28th Overall), 2nd Round Pick (60th Overall)
Why New England Trades: While it’s true the Patriots have a history of finding great later-round steals at running back, Bill Belichek always trades up and down and might feel strongly about banging the table for Mark Ingram, just securing the selection from the eyeing Colts and others.
Why Kansas City Trades: The Chiefs have many needs to address and will still have a shot at Akeem Ayers and Phil Taylor.
Tennessee Gets: 2nd Round Pick (34th Overall), 5th Round Pick (130th Overall)
Buffalo Gets: 2nd Round Pick (39th Overall), 3rd Round Pick (77th Overall)
Why Tennessee Trades: To acquire Ryan Mallett with the eyeing Bengals and Cardinals, as well as the Redskins and 49ers who may consider trading up to steal Mallett, too.
Why Buffalo Trades: Chan Gailey will stockpile as much as possible to try to build the new regime around Colin Kaepernick, who’s not in danger of being stolen between picks 34 and 39.
Arizona Gets: 2nd Round Pick (64th Overall), 5th Round Pick (160th Overall)
Green Bay Gets: 3rd Round Pick (69th Overall Pick), 4th Round Pick (102nd Overall)
Why Arizona Trades: Analogous to the Titans, to steal the hopeful future franchise quarterback.
Why Green Bay Trades: Make it that much more difficult to beat next season with a little stockpiling and likely targets such as Stefen Wisniewski and Casey Matthews aren’t in any danger of being stolen by moving down five positions.