With the NFL draft looming large this evening those responsible for their teams selections can get a little crazy. Be it falling in love with the wrong prospect, or trading away too much to get a good one, the phones of General Managers, Head Coaches and and Owners around the league are never hotter than on draft day. So what are some of the trades we might see when the clock starts ticking and the pressure starts growing this evening? Miami move up to draft Ezekiel Elliott There’s no doubt that the Dolphins love Elliott. They have visited with him as often as they can and with Lamar Miller leaving in free agency they could use a supreme talent at running back to fill in the hole and protect Ryan Tannehill a little. Baltimore at #6 or San Francisco at #7 are potential partners should Elliott still be on the board then. Ozzie Newsome and Trent Baalke are true believers when it comes to moving down and collecting picks. It would probably cost Miami their second round pick (#42) to jump up from 13, but new General Manager Chris Grier is an unknown quantity and may be keen to make a splash in his first draft.
Tennessee move up to draft Laremy Tunsil or Ronnie Stanley
After collecting a kings ransom from the newly minted Los Angeles Rams for the #1 pick, Tennessee sit at #15 with 6 picks in the top #76. That’s plenty of ammunition to move around the board should someone they like fall. That player could well be Laremy Tunsil, who if he gets past the Jaguars at #5 would be tempting. Although rumour has it the Titans had Tunsil and Stanley very close on their board, so they could wait a little longer and pick one of them up around #10 with the Giants should a trade be available.
Someone trades up for Paxton Lynch
Like I said, there is a lot of pressure on GM’s and coaches on draft day, perhaps more so than on any other day of the year. That pressure can turn some of them insane. We saw it with the Jaguars in 2011 when they jumped from #17 to #10 to take Blaine Gabbert, one place above JJ Watt. Lynch is so far from NFL-ready it’s incredible, but his raw tools are the things scouts and coaches can fall head over heels for. The New York Jets and Denver Broncos could both be desperate enough to move up and take the Memphis quarterback, or maybe the San Francisco 49ers just stay put at #7 and take him themselves. Either way, someone is going to go a little crazy and make a big mistake tonight.