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NFL Draft 2015: Three Teams Most Likely To Trade Down

If there's one thing we can expect in the NFL draft, it's that the unexpected will often happen. In 2013, it was the New England Patriots dealing their first round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for four picks. In 2007, the Panthers traded out of the first round and lost out on Darrelle Revis.

While some have said that the value between the later half of the first round and the top half of the second round is negligible, some teams are hesitant to give up on the top tier talent that the first round seems to guarantee.

But some of the best talent in the NFL has come in later rounds, such as Rob Gronkowski, arguably the best tight end ever in the second round, as well as, Tom Brady in the sixth round.

So who will venture to give up a top pick for greater value in later rounds?

1. Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

Is this any surprise? They make a habit of doing this. While the Patriots have some needs that will depend primarily on free agency, they could easily lock-up their true work-horses with decent contract-extensions and focus on depth in the draft. The 32nd pick may not mean much to them, and might be tantalizing enough for another team to jump back into the first round.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars.

They have their QB of the future, and everything else they need will be available after the third pick. Trading with a team that wants to be sure to snag the top talent they are targeting, could earn them at least one extra pick to shore-up their positions of need on the O-line, in the secondary, and at running back.

3. Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings don't need anything that won't be available later in the draft. The 11th pick is kind of in between as far as talent is concerned, and Mike Zimmer would be better served going after quantity to add depth to his offensive line and to possibly replace or complement Adrian Peterson. Helping young Teddy Bridgewater is the first priority to taking a step forward in 2015.

Obviously, any team could trade down to increase value in this less-than-awe-inspiring draft class. Where there seems to be the most value in 2015 will be found as easily in the second through fourth rounds, and trading a first round pick for a couple of middle-rounders may be just the ticket for depth-hungry teams.

The Seahawks are another likely candidate, especially if Lynch is secured for the near future. The same could be said for the Packers and also the Ravens if they can secure their top talent.

It is really a crap-shoot to predict who will do what, but these are the most likely to pull-off draft day trades to increase their overall value in the 2015 draft.


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