There seem to be more buyers than sellers in the 2014 NFL Draft, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t teams looking to move up and snag a better prospect to fill a prime position of need. Although this year’s draft class is deep at the wide receiver position, teams like the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles could potentially trade up in order to secure Odell Beckham Jr., who is arguably the second-best WR in the class. There’s no guarantee that he will slip past the top ten, though, especially with the Buffalo Bills focusing in on him.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Jets are asking teams about trading up in this year’s draft, and Rapoport adds that they are, unsurprisingly, “likely” looking to move up for a receiver. John Idzik is reportedly high on Brandin Cooks, so the Jets top two WR targets are Beckham Jr. and Cooks. Since Cooks should easily be there at 18, the Jets are most likely putting out feelers in case they have a chance at trading up for OBJ. Rapoport reports that one of the teams the Jets have reached out to is the Tennessee Titans, and they make perfect sense as a trade partner. The Titans could afford to move down in this year’s draft and secure an extra pick in the process, and the Jets could secure OBJ at 11 if he makes it out of the top ten.
Rapoport also reports that the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens have spoken about a potential trade, and both teams are run by top GMs who are very willing to trade. The Ravens and 49ers will most likely be aggressive in this year’s draft, and the 49ers have made it known that they are willing to move up to secure top talent they are high on. I mean, just look at what they did last year when they traded up for Eric Reid. While the 49ers could move up to 17 in order to snag a top receiver (OBJ, for example), I think it’s more likely that the 49ers trade up to snag a top cornerback like Justin Gilbert, Kyle Fuller, or Darqueze Dennard. The 49ers have talent at WR with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and youngster Quinton Patton, but they lost both Carlos Rogers (easy cap casualty) and Tarell Brown (Oakland Raiders) this offseason at corner.