The NFL draft is just a month away and football fans are beginning to come out of hibernation. The draft always goes, well, not to plan at all. Mock drafts are fun to read, but round one is always full of unexpected moves and picks. With that being said, here are three teams that should not surprise you if they move up in round one.
In last year’s draft, we saw teams like the Chicago Bears and the Kansas City Chiefs trade up to pick their now starting quarterbacks. This draft is loaded with quarterbacks like Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen, so this year should be no different.
Bills Move Up to No. 4:
The Bills have two first round picks and are in need of a franchise quarterback to push them over the edge. They made the playoffs this past season for the first time since 1999, but did not go far due to a lack of QB play. Right now, Cleveland has the number one and four spots, but they would be happy to take a bunch of picks from Buffalo after getting their number one man first overall.
Who Buffalo will take is very dependent on who remains. You typically only see this type of move up to the top five for a quarterback. Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Lamar Jackson are the headline quarterbacks in this year’s draft.
Barring an unexpected pick the Bills may end up selecting Josh Allen with Darnold and Rosen looking like they could go before the fourth pick. If Buffalo isn’t in love with Allen and see their top picks go beforehand then they may sit back on their two first round picks and live to fight another day with their nine total picks in this year’s draft.
Steelers Move Up to No. 18
The Steelers have their days numbered with Ben Roethlisberger. Right now they sit at 28, but if a quarterback they have their eye on starts to slide this is the perfect opportunity to make a move for Big Ben’s replacement.
Seattle has the 18th pick, but they have plenty of holes and issues that won’t be solved with one pick in the second half of the first round. They would be smart to stockpile picks in the middle rounds to bring in as much talent and competition into training camp as possible.
It’s very unlikely for either Darnold, Rosen, or Allen to fall this far in the draft. That leaves Mayfield and Jackson on the board and Mayfield gets the edge with his ability to throw the ball downfield better than Jackson. After all, I think Antonio Brown would like his next quarterback to keep up with his vertical threat.
Cardinals Move Up to No. 9
This is another quarterback inspired trade that could happen on day one. Carson Palmer retired this offseason for Arizona which leaves a big hole at the quarterback spot for the Cardinals. Sam Bradford was brought in during free agency, but he has had a rollercoaster career and stability is not something you can rely on with him.
The 49ers currently hold the number 9 pick, but with Garoppolo being their franchise quarterback they shouldn’t mind moving back a few spots and picking up a few middle round picks.
Written by: Matthew Peterson
Edited by: Colin Castleberry