2014 NFL Draft Order: Analyzing Teams That Should Trade Down
The Super Bowl is over, and the Seattle Seahawks are now hoisting the Lombardi trophy after convincingly beating the Denver Broncos.
Now the offseason can actually begin for every single team with the 2014 NFL draft being one of the top priorities for each franchise.
For teams that will be looking to boost their roster with great young prospects, the first round looks extremely enticing. But multiple organizations can actually benefit from loading up picks and dropping back to still get players who can flourish in specific organizations.
A team like the St. Louis Rams knows how the system works and could be looking to repeat a similar trade that has them at the No. 2 pick this season after cutting a deal with the Washington Redskins, who ultimately chose Robert Griffin III back in 2012.
With several teams looking to bolster their franchise through the draft to mirror the success of the Seahawks, here are a few teams that would benefit from trading down from their current spot in the first round.
St. Louis Rams
If it feels like you've heard this story before, it's because you have. The Rams know how to work the system to get what they want out of the draft and will benefit from moving down again if they can find suitors.
The Rams have already expressed interest in trading down yet again out of the No. 2 slot, according to NFL.com:
The possibilities aren't quite what they were back in 2012. But with four of five teams in the first few picks potentially looking to draft a quarterback, St. Louis once again holds the power at No. 2.
The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 4 and No. 26 pick and could look to trade both with the Rams to move up and get the signal-caller they want. It's clearly not a guarantee, but the Rams are in prime position to move back and still get players like Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 pick.
New England Patriots
Bill Belichick is famous for moving down in the NFL draft and could look to do so again.
The New England Patriots hold the keys to the No. 29 pick and could look to add a defensive player or even another skill player for Tom Brady. But with the system that Belichick has built around developing talent into playoff-caliber teams, more picks in the second and third rounds could help his team more.
Several players loom in the second round like Jordan Matthews and a lot of defensive talent, so staying in the first round doesn't appear to be a necessity for the Patriots.
After not having a selection last year and still picking up Aaron Dobson in the second round, New England could look to bolster its receiving corps yet again.
Which team would benefit from moving down?
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
The Seahawks currently sit at the bottom of the first round after winning the Super Bowl and did so with a collection of players who were taken in late rounds.
The Super Bowl MVP was Malcolm Smith, a seventh-round selection in 2011. Wilson was a third-rounder in 2012. Richard Sherman was a fifth-rounder, and Baldwin went undrafted in 2011. Needless to say, the Seahawks know how to get the most talent out of overlooked prospects.
Trey Wingo of ESPN notes the Seahawks' unusual success with starters who worked out from the 2012 draft:
Reminder: in the 2012 draft the Seahawks got Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson and Robert Turbin.. none of them in the first round #winning— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 11, 2014
Then there's the fact that Seattle already has youth on its side, as ESPN Stats and Info notes:
Seahawks are youngest team by average age to win a Super Bowl since 1985 Bears.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 3, 2014
Pete Carroll knows his players, which is why he will have the title Super Bowl champion next to his name for the rest of his life. With that type of track record in the late rounds, Carroll can afford to load up more picks by trading out of the first round.
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