Predicting five NFL draft-day trades
The 2020 NFL Draft is set to get going in less than a month. Rumors are also starting to ramp up as it relates to the annual event.
Joe Burrow will go No. 1 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals. I fully expect Washington to take Ohio State edge-rusher Chase Young with the second overall selection.
After that, it’s anyone’s guess what might happen. It’s in this that I decided to look at five potential draft-day trades that could shake things up big time.
Dolphins move up to three with the Lions
It’s not a well-kept secret that the Miami Dolphins are high on Tua Tagovailoa. They have been aiming for the Alabama quarterback since before the 2019 NFL season. Selecting No. 5 overall, it’s not a guarantee Tua will be available. Another team could swoop up and land him. Heck, the Detroit Lions might find it in their best interest to get a long-term replacement for Matthew Stafford.
Either way, Miami has three first-round picks and two second-round picks. That’s the literal definition of a war chest. Look for Miami to offer up its final first-round selection (26th overall) and one of its fifth-round picks to Detroit for Tua. In return, the Lions gain an ability to fill two big holes on Day 1.
Jaguars trade Yannick Ngakoue to the Seahawks
As has been noted multiple times in the recent past, this Pro Bowl edge-rusher wants nothing to do with his Jaguars. They placed the franchise tag on Ngakoue with the sole purpose of trading him. The 24-year-old elite talent has also been linked to a Seattle Seahawks squad in major need of pass-rush help.
Seattle’s need is magnified by the fact that the Jadeveon Clowney situation has yet to be settled. Even if he re-signs, there’s still a need here. Enter into the equation the additional second-round pick Seattle added in the Frank Clark trade last March. Look for the Hawks to offer up that selection and change (maybe a fourth-rounder) to land a player in Ngakoue who has recorded 71 quarterback hits, 29.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles over the past three seasons.
Colts move back into first round for a quarterback
Indianapolis’ decision to sign 38-year-old future Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers put a temporary bandage on that position. The team will still need to find a long-term option after Jacoby Brissett proved he was not it last season. Unfortunately for the Colts, they don’t have a first-round pick to add to that position after dealing it to San Francisco for DeForest Buckner.
The good news here is that these Colts do have an additional second-round pick (34th overall) to entice a team at the end of Round 1. I am going to boldly predict that Indy uses its original second-round pick and a third-rounder to move up to 31 with the above-mentioned 49ers. In turn, Indy picks up former Georgia and Washington quarterback Jacob Eason. Make it be.
Browns trade Odell Beckham Jr. to the Vikings
Cleveland might be saying all the right things publicly. It views Beckham Jr. as an important part of the team’s future. That’s all fine and dandy. But rumors continues to persist that new general manager Andrew Berry will look to flip him after one season. After all, he has no built-in relationship with OBJ.
Enter into the equation a Vikings squad desperately in need of receiver help after trading away the enigmatic Stefon Diggs. Minnesota could use the first-round pick it acquired from Buffalo as well as franchise-tagged safety Anthony Harris to entice the Browns. They have shown interest in Harris already. It seems to be a match made in heaven for both sides.
Raiders move up to get Justin Herbert
Recent reports suggest that Las Vegas is looking to potentially move up in the 2020 NFL Draft for a quarterback. The team is not high on Tua. It has no chance of adding Burrow. So it stands to reason that Herbert is the target. He fits Jon Gruden’s mold of a prototypical quarterback. That’s for sure.
The Raiders have an additional first-round pick (acquired from Chicago in the Khalil Mack trade). It could offer up both the 12th and 19th selections to the New York Giants for the fourth overall pick. In turn, Las Vegas would acquire a third-round pick from the Giants and look to trade Derek Carr after signing Marcus Mariota. It just makes too much sense.
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