2015 NFL Draft: 5 Teams That Will Trade Up
With the 2015 NFL Draft approaching, there are a few teams with very specific needs to fill that will require moving up the draft board. With that being said here are the five teams that will move up the draft board to grab a position of need.
Miami Dolphins– With the trade of Mike Wallace to the Minnesota Vikings, the Dolphins are void of a number one wide receiver. In order to fill that void, the Dolphins must trade up to put themselves in position to grab one of the two elite wide receivers prospects in this years class. They do not have the ammunition necessary to move high enough to grab Amari Cooper of Alabama, but they can move up to grab Kevin White of West Virginia. White offers the size and speed combination to be a dominant pass catcher for the Dolphins.
San Diego Chargers – The Chargers have a situation developing where Philip Rivers is starting to lose faith in the Chargers operation. Rivers does not support the franchises potential move to Los Angeles, and is going to play out the final season of his contract rather than sign a long-term extension. With Rivers unrest growing, the Chargers are left with very few options, which is why they will trade Rivers to the Tennessee Titans in order to be in position to select Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota allows them to grab their next franchise quarterback, and gives them a fresh face of the franchise in their bid to move to Los Angeles.
Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs did not throw a single touchdown pass to a wide receiver last year. The most pressing need for Andy Reid’s offense is a big play receiver with the ability to get into the end zone. Devante Parker of Louisville possesses these traits, but the Chiefs will need to move up a handful of spots to ensure his services.
Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck is the face of the National Football League for the next decade. Under Luck’s watch the Colts have inched one step closer to super bowl berth each season, this year losing in the AFC Championship Game. In order for the Colts to take that next step, they need to give Luck a competent rushing game. They failed in their attempt to do that with the Trent Richardson trade, but that will not deter them from moving up in this years draft for a running back. The running back they will be targeting is Todd Gurley from the University of Georgia. With the combination of Gurley, and Frank Gore in the backfield Luck will finally have a ground game that defenses will be forced to respect. With the addition of Gurley, the Colts will instantly become favorites to represent the AFC in the super bowl.
New England Patriots – While the Patriots are the favorite to trade out of the first round based on past history, this year they will shock analysts and move up significantly to land a player of top need. The Patriots will be looking to move up for cornerback Trae Waynes out of Michigan State University. Waynes is the top cornerback in this year’s draft, and fits perfectly into the Patriots single high safety press man scheme. Waynes brings the size and physicality to take over for the departed Darrelle Revis on the left side of the defense.
Each of these teams, move up the draft board and grab players that will help them immediately. The NFL Draft has always been very unpredictable and there is potential for many more trades to happen, but these five teams will move up to grab the player they want.