The NFL Draft will start in just a few days and there will be plenty of trades. That's just the nature of the draft, although those trades are very difficult to predict. But forecasting is fun, so here are four big trades that could go down before (or during) the NFL Draft.
To help determine the value of each pick, we're using the NFL trade value chart. While the trade values won't match up exactly, we tried to get them as close to even as possible. Naturally, there are tons of trades each team could make during the draft. We'll have an article on team with potential trades (download the app to get a push notification for your team), but this piece will focus on three potential blockbuster deals.
3) Bears Trade Back Into 1st Round
Bears Get: No. 26 overall and 3rd round pick (No. 102 overall)
Seahawks Get: 2nd round pick (No. 36 overall) and 3rd round pick (No. 67 overall)
If one of the top three offensive tackles are off the board, the Seahawks could elect to trade down into the early second round and take a corner (or different OT) there. A prime candidate to move up is the Chicago Bears, who could look to get back into the first round for a QB. This gets them ahead of teams like the Chiefs, Steelers, Saints, Browns and 49ers, who could all look at a QB. This ends up being similar to when the Seahawks traded down with Denver last year, who took Paxton Lynch. But this time, it lets the Seahawks move from the back of the 3rd all the way to the top
2) Titans Trade Down With Browns
Browns Get: No. 5 overall pick, 3rd round pick (No. 100 overall)
Titans Get: No. 12 overall pick, 2nd round pick (No. 33 overall) and 5th round pick (No. 175 overall)
This trade works out almost perfectly in the trade value chart. If the Browns are in love with Mitchell Trubisky (which they seem to be), then they could try to jump the Jets and move back into the Top 5. A trade down would still put the Titans in position to get one of the top tier wide outs or secondary players. Plus, getting the first pick in the second round gets them back in that round and another valuable asset.
1) 49ers Trade Down With Panthers
49ers Get: No. 8 overall, 2nd round pick (No. 40 ovr) and 3rd round pick (No. 98 ovr)
Panthers Get: No. 2 overall
This one has already been rumored, with the Panthers likely focusing on either Solomon Thomas or Leonard Fournette. The value chart suggests the 49ers should get both the Panthers second round picks, their late 3rd rounder and at least one early future pick as well. But since a QB won't be involved, a more realistic trade could look similar to the one we saw a few years ago involving the Dolphins and Raiders. Back in 2013, the Dolphins shipped off the No. 12 and No. 42 overall picks to the Raiders for No. 3 overall. So, perhaps the Niners would take a discount and pick up two extra Top 100 picks in the process. Heck, they might even be willing to take just the Panthers' first second round pick. If we get a blockbuster trade in the first few picks, I expect the Niners to be involved.