17. Pittsburgh Steelers
18. Dallas Cowboys
DT, Ohio State
19. New York Giants
TE, Notre Dame
20. Chicago Bears
21. Cincinnati Bengals
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
23. Minnesota Vikings
WR, West Virginia
24. Indianapolis Colts
G, North Carolina
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)
26. Green Bay Packers
27. Houston Texans
28. Denver Broncos
29. New England Patriots
30. Atlanta Falcons
DE, Texas A&M
31. San Francisco 49ers
RB, North Carolina
32. Baltimore Ravens
ILB, Notre Dame
It’s difficult to assume any potential trades in the first round of the draft, but we gave it a shot based on team needs.
With Buffalo in need of a QB with the #8 pick in the draft (one spot ahead of the Jets #9), the Jets would have to jump the Bills to grab their signal caller.
In this case, the Jets found a trade partner in the Arizona Cardinals. But why would the Cardinals want to trade down? The answer (whether you agree or disagree) is in this article. Basically, newly hired Head Coach Bruce Arians’ is confident in QB Drew Stanton, having coached him in Indianapolis. There’s a lot of speculation to whether or not Arians’ is using this as a smokescreen, but we’ll take him for his word in this mock draft.
With that being said, the Cardinals can really use an offensive tackle to help solidify their atrocious offensive line of 2012. And with the top two offensive tackles of the draft (Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher) going in the top 5 picks of this mock, they could consider trading down. If the Cardinals believe they can get the next best tackle in Lane Johnson later in round one, why reach for him at#7 overall? They won’t, giving the Jets an ideal trade partner (assuming Geno Smith is available).
Overall Trade Value
For the Jets to move up two spots, you’d think they would have to give up a mid-to-late round selection… along with the #9 overall pick. In this case, we’re going with a 4th round pick.
So in conclusion, the Jeits get the #7 overall pick and select Geno Smith.
In return, the Cardinals get the #9 overall selection, along with the Jets 4th round pick.
Again, it’s difficult to assume any trades when doing a mock draft. But the trade does make sense, and effects the remaining selections in the first round… mainly DE Barkevious Mingo dropping to the Chargers at 11, DE BJ Werner dropping to the Saints at 15, and DE Javis Jones dropping all the way to #17 Pittsburgh Steelers.
Regardless of who trades up for a QB, whether it’s the Jets, Bills, or Cardinals, one thing is for sure… a trade for West Virginia’s Geno Smith on draft day, will certainly pave the way for the remaining teams of the 1st round in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Stay tuned, as there are many more mock drafts to come!
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