NFL Network's Albert Breer "keeps hearing -- from everyone" that a "ton" of trades will be made on April 28 by teams looking to acquire quarterbacks late in the first round.
The feeling around the NFL is that Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert will go early, and all of the quarterback-needy teams will be looking to pounce after the first half of round one. Quarterbacks potentially worth trading back into round one for include Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton, Jake Locker, Colin Kaepernick, and Ryan Mallett.
"Much like the Broncos did last year with Tim Tebow, there are a number of teams in need of a quarterback who could be eager to jump back into the first round in order to nab either Florida State’s Christian Ponder or Washington’s Jake Locker."
Buffalo Bills: With the second pick in round two, the Bills wouldn’t have to forfeit too much in order to go up and get their guy. Now, potentially trading back into round one all depends on what they do with their first overall pick, but if they elect to go pass rusher or DL early, Jake Locker has the skill set to make it work in Buffalo and is a lot safer investment than taking a QB at No. 3.
Cincinnati Bengals: Cincinnati can’t go into the year without a replacement for Carson Palmer and if they decide against a QB in round one, moving up to add Locker or Ponder make sense, again without as much risk.
Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals are never going to be contenders until they improve their play at quarterback. Again, QB is in play for them in round one. However, if they want to go best player available at five, they can still trade back into round one and get a potential franchise signal caller without the risk. Ponder seems like a nice fit in Arizona.
Tennessee Titans: With Tennessee still recovering from the Vince Young fiasco, looking for a high-character QB like Ponder or Locker without a top ten financial investment makes a lot of sense and fills a big need.
Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota is simply sitting too deep in round two to believe that either Ponder or Locker would fall to them considering so many teams picking early in round two need a quarterback. Moving up seems like their only real option if they want one of these top signal callers.
San Francisco 49ers: Much like the Vikings, San Fran is simply picking too far back in round two to hope one of these quarterbacks fall. Ponder seems like a great fit for Jim Harbaugh and the offense, but in my view, they are going to need to move up to get him.
Every year Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, and all the other experts find about 5 players they projected to go in the first round instead fall into the second.
This year it is likely at least three of LT Derrek Sherrod, DE Justin Houstin, DE Adrian Clayborn, DE Jabaal Sheard, CB Jimmy Smith, CB Aaron Williams, WR Jon Baldwin, WR Torrey Smith, TE Kyle Rudolph, LB Martez Wilson, or DE Allen Bailey will fall into the 2nd round....something NationalFootballPost's Wes Bunting explores here: Second round picks with first round talent.
In our latest community mock draft, I was able to trade for Denver's 2 x 2nd round picks.....both in the top 50.
we have the 27th pick in the draft (worth 680 points) and our 2nd round pick is # 59th (worth 310) total = 990
Denver has #36 (540) and #46 (440 pts) = 980
2011 draft order: http://walterfootball.com/nfldraftorder2011.php
draft trade chart = http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft06/news/story?id=2410670
If such a trade were to happen, we would be getting two top 50 players, which players would you most want ?
My hope is for Sherrod and Allen Bailey