Insider: NFL Trade Hot Spots
Each and every year there are several trades throughout the NFL Draft. The trading season began early as the Washington Redskins swapped picks with the St. Louis Rams to go from the sixth-overall selection all the way to number two to presumably select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, III. We are going to look at some possible trading spots and the teams who could be interested as the draft is roughly two weeks away.
Cleveland's 4th overall selection
The Browns will likely have the choice between Alabama running back Trent Richardson, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Texas A & M quarterback Ryan Tannehill at the fourth-overall pick. If Cleveland is sold on Tannehill as their next quarterback, neither Tampa Bay, St. Louis or Jacksonville are going to select him at the next three picks. This opens up the possibility of the Jaguars trading up to the fourth-overall pick to secure Morris Claiborne. The Browns could move back, recoup a third and fourth-round pick and still get their guy and pay him slightly less money.
Jacksonville's 7th overall selection
If the Jaguars don't trade up to get Morris Claiborne, our sources tell us that they would be very interested in trading back to recoup some extra value as they aren't completely sold on Quinton Coples or Justin Blackmon. The seventh-overall pick is one spot ahead of Miami, who figures to take Ryan Tannehill. The Kansas City Chiefs or Philadelphia Eagles could be interested parties for the Texas A & M quarterback, and it's possible that the New England Patriots, who have a pair of first round picks could come up for a Melvin Ingram. If Jacksonville were to be able to move back, the value would be considerably better for a Michael Floyd, who would fill a desperate need.
San Diego's 18th overall selection
The San Diego Chargers may be in no man's land at the 18th pick in terms of what their needs are. The top pass rushers such as Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram will likely be gone and Courtney Upshaw can probably be had a little later on. A team such as Houston could be interested in doing business as they need to find a complement to Andre Johnson on the outside and don't be surprised if a safety or cornerback hungry team would be willing to come up and get ahead of the Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans. Look for the Detroit Lions or New England Patriots to be interested parties.
Cincinnati's 21st overall selection
The Cincinnati Bengals can fill a primary need at running back with their 17th overall pick and use their 21st selection to jockey around. With Cleveland selecting at 22nd overall, they will likely be looking for a running back or quarterback, depending on what they end up doing with their fourth-overall pick. If Cleveland is in the running back business, teams such as New England, Green Bay or possibly even New York may want to jump ahead to select a Doug Martin or Chris Polk. If the Browns still need a signal caller, a team such as Kansas City or Miami may come up to select Brandon Weeden. Don't count out a trade with Denver who will likely look for a defensive tackle.
Baltimore's 29th overall selection
The Ravens were a dropped pass away from a Super Bowl appearance so obviously there aren't many dire needs. At the 28th pick, there likely won't be a big time pass rusher available and the Ravens may want to move back a bit to take advantage of the second tier of receivers. A team selecting near the top of the second round may want to come up for a Brandon Weeden or Coby Fleener.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie