Wed, Apr 24, 2013
In recent history, the team with the top choice in the NFL Draft -- Kansas City this year -- has either already started negotiating with a potential top pick, or is fielding offers for the number-one choice hours before the draft. Perhaps not this year.
The Chiefs may have a tough time trading out of the top spot because there is no Andrew Luck out there this year. That doesn't mean there won't be any 'wheeling and dealing' in the top-5 of the draft.
Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage sees a few trade possibilities, with teams trying to move up a few spots to perhaps grab one of the three outstanding offensive tackles in this year's draft: Central Michigan's Eric Fisher, Oklahoma's Lane Johnson and Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel. If one of those three is still on the board after the first five picks, the interest in that sixth pick (Cleveland) could pick up and teams like Miami and San Diego could try to move up and take that third tackle in front of Arizona at No. 7.
Once the draft heads past the top 10, Savage says you could really see teams trying to move up to the 13th pick, where the Jets have a second first-round choice. Cincinnati, San Francisco, Minnesota are potential teams that could jump up to that 13th spot and grab the player they covet.