NFL Rumors: Five Teams Most Likely to Trade in Round 1

With the NFL Draft just over a week away, it's time to shift our focus to the first round and who might be on the move. Here are the five most likely teams who be looking to trade in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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NFL Rumors: Five Teams Most Likely to Trade in Round 1

Last year there were five trades in the first round of the NFL Draft, including some that happened on draft night. This year, with multiple teams having two or more picks in round one, it would be a fair assumption to expect some movement in the 2022 NFL Draft. Here are five teams who are most likely to trade in round one of the NFL Draft.

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New Orleans Saints

After a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, the New Orleans Saints hold pick 16 and pick 19 in the draft. The thought behind why the Saints find themselves on this list is due to their need at two positions, offensive line, and quarterback. Could the Saints covet a Malik Willis and want to jump the Carolina Panthers? Perhaps, and now they have the capital to do it.

My guess though is a move to get up for one of the offensive tackles. Both the Giants and the Panthers in the top-six could theoretically be looking to draft a tackle so the pickings may be slim for the Saints at pick 16 as they look to replace three-time Pro Bowler Terron Armstead.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

Will the Steelers really hand over the keys to Mitch Trubisky? Possibly but they should take a swing at a higher upside guy. The worst kept secret around the league is how much the Steelers love Malik Willis. If Willis is somehow available past the Panthers at pick six could we see Pittsburgh get aggressive?

They traded up to pick 10 to draft Devin Bush in 2019, I'd imagine that the Steelers wouldn't be afraid to make a big swing on potentially their next signal-caller.

New York Giants

With two picks in the top seven, the Giants are in an interesting spot. They could stay put and take the best offensive lineman and then likely a player like Sauce Gardner at seven, or as they start their rebuild process, trade back for more picks.

Joe Schoen is going to build this thing slowly so if he wants to use one of those picks to fall back and acquire more talent, that likely won't be the worst idea. Plus, the value from pick seven to potentially the late teens might not be as much of a drop-off for them in talent depending on how the board falls.

New York Jets

With four picks in the top 40 could Joe Douglas move around the draft board? Yes, we saw him trade up for Alijah Vera-Tucker last year and I think there's a chance he could look to move out of either pick four or pick 10. The Jets don't want to fall back too far and lose out on talent but if they do end up flipping some of their picks for established players, like the high end second round picks for Deebo Samuel, it could be in their best interest to recoup some of that value by moving back on draft night.

Green Bay Packers

After trading away Devante Adams, everyone knows the Packers need a wide receiver. If there's one they really like there is a good chance they may have to move up to snag one of these guys as there will likely be a run on receivers in the mid-teens to early 20's. With two first and two second round picks, Green Bay should be aggressive for getting the guy they really like while they are still in the window with Aaron Rodgers.

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