Get ready for a trade festival tonight. Peter Schrager of Foxsports writes that he I spoke to a front office executive over the weekend who apparently said, "I don’t envy anyone doing a mock draft this year. There could be double digit trades on the first day, alone."
Three first-round trades are already in the books: The Jets got the 13th pick from Tampa Bay for Darelle Revis, the Rams acquired Washington's 22nd pick in last year's trade for Robert Griffin and the Vikings landed Seattle's 25th pick in the Percy Harvin trade.
There were a record 19 separate trades involving first-round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft, 16 of which happened on the day of the draft itself. There's a good chance the 2013 draft could come close to or even surpass those numbers as teams are more willing than ever to wheel and deal: The new collective bargaining agreement ensures that first round picks don't cost as much as they used to, and the financial risk of moving up in the first round is much lower than it used to be. A a result, teams are much more likely to move around the board and acquire the prospects they like.
Among the teams most often mentioned when it comes to possible trades: Oakland (3), Detroit (5), Buffalo (8), Jets (9 & 13), St. Louis (16 & 22), Minnesota (23 & 25) Atlanta (30), San Francisco (31) and Baltimore (32) - and that's just off the top of my head. I'm pretty sure that if I put a little effort into it, I could find a report about every single team and its willingness to move either up or down.
And of course our Cowboys are no different. Stephen Jones puts the chances of the Cowboys staying put at 50/50:
“I don’t think we’ll know that until we see who’s there,” Jones told The Blitz on KZDC-AM 1250 in San Antonio. “I do think it’s very possible that we could [trade] out of that pick depending on who’s there."
“It’s a very unique draft. In the 22 years I’ve been in the league, I don’t think I have ever seen a draft where it lacks the high-powered guys up at the top.”
“There’s a few but not nearly as many as there has been in the past, so it becomes a whole lot more of a crapshoot in terms of what might actually be there,” Jones said. “I think there’s as good a chance that we move out of the pick [as there is] that we stay with it.”
With the amount of teams jockeying for position in this year's draft, surely there's a trade partner for the Cowboys somewhere in there.