Most likely first-round trades on draft night

Movie quote of the day:

“No matter how much you change you still have to pay the price for the things you’ve done.”

– Doug MacRay, “The Town” (2010)

The NFL draft starts in two days and there’s already been some blockbuster trades. Two weeks ago, Los Angeles traded up to get the top pick from Tennessee. Then, Philadelphia traded up to get the No. 2 pick from Cleveland last week. I don’t expect the trades to stop there. I’m expecting more to happen on draft night. Here are some trades I think are most likely to happen:

Ohio State DE Joey Bosa.
Ohio State DE Joey Bosa.

1. San Francisco trades up to the No. 3 pick from San Diego to draft DE Joey Bosa.

There’s been talk that San Diego has looked to trade the No. 3 pick. Since the top two picks in the draft are likely going to be quarterbacks, San Francisco needs pass rushers. The 49ers ranked No. 29 last year in sack defense. Plus, Ahmad Brooks is 32 years old. It doesn’t look like any of the pass rushers on the 49ers’ roster will be able to replace him. Bosa is the best edge rusher in this draft. With Bosa, the 49ers will have some solid building blocks to get back to having one of the league’s top defenses.

UCLA LB Myles Jack.
UCLA LB Myles Jack.

2. New Orleans trades up to the No. 8 pick from Cleveland to draft Myles Jack.

There’s whispers of Cleveland trading back again. Right now, the goal of the Browns’ front office looks to be to acquire as many draft picks as possible. The Saints were one of the teams that were interested in trading up to get one of the top quarterbacks. Since that isn’t going to happen, the Saints could trade up to pick Jack. New Orleans was one of the league’s worst in run defense, and the Saints need help at linebacker. With Stephone Anthony and Jack, New Orleans should be improved in run defense this year.

Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd.
Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd.

3. Buffalo trades up to get the No. 11 pick from Chicago to draft Leonard Floyd.

Buffalo’s defense was a disappointment last season, ranking No. 19 in total defense. Plus, the Bills only registered 21 sacks which was No. 31 in the league. Rex Ryan is a defensive-minded coach and he wants to get the Bills’ defense back to being one the league’s best. Since the Bills are in a division with Tom Brady and Ryan Tannehill, they need to have the ability to apply pressure to quarterbacks. Floyd is one of the top pass rushers in this draft.

Memphis QB Paxton Lynch.
Memphis QB Paxton Lynch.

4. Denver trades up to the No. 17 pick from Atlanta to draft Paxton Lynch.

Peyton Manning is now retired and Brock Osweiler left for Houston. In response, the Broncos traded for Mark Sanchez. This is a quarterback-driven league and Sanchez isn’t going to cut it. The Broncos need to draft a quarterback early. Buffalo and the Jets both need a quarterback and pick before Denver. Atlanta picks before the Bills and the Jets. I think it’d be smart for the Broncos to trade up for Lynch.

Kansas State OG Cody Whitehair.
Kansas State OG Cody Whitehair.

5. New England trades up to the No. 30 pick from Carolina to draft Cody Whitehair.

Roger Goodell stripped the Patriots of a first-round pick after the Deflategate scandal. With the draft in two days, I don’t think New England is going to get that pick back. I think the top need for the Patriots is offensive line. Whitehair is one of the top offensive linemen in this class. New England has plenty of picks to trade up to this point. A move like this will not only improve the team, but it’ll also be a middle finger to Goodell. It seems like such a Patriots thing to do.

Thanks for reading

Shane Price
Follow me on Twitter – @priceisright53

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