The 7 Most Plausible 2022 NFL Draft-Day Traders | Bleacher report

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    The excitement will be a constant part of the 2022 NFL draft, but that drama will go beyond the rookie selections. Throughout the night of April 28, teams will consider any number of trade deals.

    As usual, most trade talks will focus on the draft itself. NFL teams regularly pack a few of their picks to move up and grab a particular customer.

    While less likely, current NFL players will also be the subject of other discussions. These trades tend to happen in the week leading up to the event, but the possibility of a big-name player being dealt with on draft day deserves consideration nonetheless.

    The list is subjective, but takes into account the latest rumors along with each team’s current needs and draft capital.

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    On paper, it’s a perfect match.

    After sending Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders, the Green Bay Packers are missing a No. 1 receiver. They acquired a first- and second-round pick in that trade, creating the opportunity to use any of four top-64 picks to land an established recipient.

    Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks appear to be turning against Pete Carroll’s favorite run-first style. Russell Wilson is now a member of the Denver Broncos. Between this philosophical shift and Tyler Lockett, who has his own contract with big money, it’s hard to believe that Seattle will pony up to DK Metcalf’s threatening extension. Why be a run-first offense and still have two advanced receivers and no franchise QB?

    But if the Packers are open to extension negotiations, they have both a need for Metcalf and the draft capital to make it happen.

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    After a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, the New Orleans Saints get some rival leaders to think a little more about the opening round of the 2022 draft.

    And the Pittsburgh Steelers are definitely one of those teams.

    Pittsburgh signed Mitch Trubisky in free agency, but it is unlikely he will be the long-term replacement for Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers are more likely to plan for Trubisky or Mason Rudolph to serve as a stop-gap option for someone else.

    New Orleanswho also need a QBnow holds the 16th and 19th overall elections. If the Steelers did not already suspect that the Saints were planning to make a signal call, it certainly feels inevitable now.

    Pittsburgh should be a strong candidate to make a deal with either the Minnesota Vikings (12th) or Houston Texans (13th).

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    For good reason, the New York Jets’ pair of top-10 picks have attracted most of the attention. They are a great place to draw an elite perspective and Acquire a few more choices if they switch back from either the fourth or 10th overall choice.

    Also do not forget round 2.

    Thanks to last year’s Sam Darnold trade, the Jets have No. 35 pick and Carolina Panthers No. 38. They are also in the best position to change the final part of the opening night.

    Should a previous agreement for a top-10 ranking provide an extra third-round (or possibly fourth), New York could pack this choiceone it did not have at the beginning of the draft anywaywith either No. 35 or 38 to get back in the first round.

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    It’s already been a busy offseason for the Kansas City Chiefs, and they’re perhaps approaching another big step.

    Kansas City gave star widow Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, who sent the San Francisco 49ers’ No. 29 pick to the Chiefs as part of the blockbuster deal. That put Kansas City, which already owned Committee No. 30, in back-to-back slots.

    And that’s just the beginning.

    Thanks to the Hill deal and a compensatory third-round pick, the Chiefs have two draft picks in four straight rounds to begin the draft in 2022. Kansas City has more than enough firepower to target a top-20 overall spot and keep either No. 29 or 30.

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    New Orleans is among the most exciting teams in the 2022 draft.

    Although the need for a quarterback was obvious, the Saints were not in first-class QB territory as No. 18. Just holding the 16th pick does not change that perception dramatically, but having a few first-round picks does.

    Considering it came at the expense of a 2023 first-rounder and 2024 second-rounder, the Saints are focused on winning now in an NFC that has an unimpressive middle class. Expecting a bigger swap seems silly, though it’s still an option to go a little higher for the right player with immediate effect.

    Questioning what New Orleans has done is entirely fair, given that the roster is not seen as a real NFC challenger.

    But right or wrong, the Saints go for it. And they may not be finished yet.

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    Take advantage of the draft when rebuilding.

    That statement may seem obvious, but it’s not just about choosing the right leads. The value of a draft pick to be used is always higher than a player at replacement level on the list.

    Yes, any choice is ultimately like a lottery ticket. However, the Houston Texans are not able to win much in 2022. They can afford to spend an offseason filling up on rookies in hopes of finding a few players who will be the core of the future.

    Retaining the No. 3 choice to add a basic piece is perfectly justifiable, but giving the best offer for the No. 13 choice is both a wise and likely strategy for the Texans.

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    Like their MetLife Stadium residents, the New York Giants have a few top-10 selections in the first round.

    As we covered recently, it is an optimal situation for G-Men with fifth and seventh choices. Maybe the Falcons (eighth) or Seahawks (ninth) will run the Panthers (sixth) for a QB. Maybe another team sees a spot ahead of Atlanta or Seattle. These are just two of many balancing scenarios.

    But the Giants also own an extra slot in the third and fifth rounds. As a mid-level NFC team at best, they are approaching the 2022 draft with the ability to prioritize future flexibility.

    Thanks to the extra capital, the Giants can trade down in any of the three preliminary rounds, but still have valuable choices this year and increase what is available to them next April.

    Also, if Daniel Jones does not make serious improvements in 2022, the Giants may need the 2023 ammunition anyway.

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