Let’s be honest here; every Tennessee Titans fan should anticipate a few trades. Not to beat a dead horse, but think back to last year. First, the Titans traded down with the Rams for a bundle of picks. Following the trade down, the Titans then elected to trade up with the Browns for Jack Conklin.
So, while most of us are expecting a trade, don’t throw out the possibility of a trade up at some point. Let’s look at a few teams around the league and see if we can pick out a few targets.
New York Jets
The New York Jets will play a very important role for the Titans to trade down. In my opinion the Jets are the most likely team to take a quarterback in the top ten: at No. 6 overall. That being said, if a team wants their pick of quarterback, they will have to get ahead of the Jets.
In order to stop that from happening for the Jets, they would have to trade up one spot with the Titans. Think of this scenario – Titans send pick No. 5 overall to the Jets, in exchange for pick No.6 overall and Sheldon Richardson. Now, maybe you’re asking yourself, “why would the Jets trade a dynamic player to move up one spot?”. The answer is simple. The Jets are stacked at the position, strapped for cap space, and they need to stop someone from picking the quarterback they want.
On the other hand, the Titans have plenty of cap space for Richardson, they could flip pick No. 6 overall for similar value as pick No. 5 overall, or they could select the player they targeted anyway if the Jets go quarterback.
New Orlean Saints
The Saints may be one of the more unlikely candidates here, but they have plenty of draft capital if they want to make a move. Although the Saints have a long way to go on defense, they have stated that they want to make another Super Bowl run with Drew Brees.
With pick No.11 overall the Saints could certainly find a difference maker there. But, maybe the Saints want a potential superstar like Solomon Thomas, Jamal Adams, or Marshon Lattimore. Here’s how a trade might look, Saints trade picks No.11, 42, and 196 to Titans for pick No. 5.
Another team who will need to trade up to get their choice at quarterback are the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have more draft capital than any other team in the league and by a large margin.
In order for the Browns to get ahead of the Jets, the Browns send pick No.12 and No. 33 overall to the Titans for pick No.5 overall.
Bam Smack Pow
Could a trade with a divisional rival be in the cards? Yes. Many believe the Texans would be true Super Bowl contenders with a legitimate quarterback.
Sitting all the way back at No. 25 overall they would have to wager their future on this young quarterback. The question is, would they be willing to do so? If so, here is what it would look like. Texans receive pick No.5 overall and send picks No. 25, No.57, 136, 2018 first round, and 2018 3rd round to the Titans.
Now, we’ve talked about a few teams the Titans could target for a trade down, but let’s not forget about the option to move up. As the Jets play a key role in the Titans trade down options, there are two teams playing that role in a Titans trade up. Those two teams are the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens.
Much like the Titans, the Bills and Ravens have big needs at wide receiver and cornerback. Assuming Corey Davis and Mike Williams are both on the board when the Ravens pick at 16, I stay at 18 and pick the guy they didn’t. Same could be said at cornerback if the Titans already picked a receiver.
So, depending on what the Bills do the Titans may need to move ahead of the Baltimore Ravens. Here is how they would do so.
The Eagles are another team that likes to move around and play with draft capital. They were lucky in being able to move Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings in order to get a first round pick back. After spending so much capital last year in order to get Carson Wentz they may want to trade down to add a few more picks.
After signing Alshon Jeffery in the offseason, the Eagles biggest needs are cornerback and running back. So if the run was for a wide receiver, they would certainly be prime candidates. Eagles send pick No.14 overall to the Titans in exchange for pick No.18 and pick No.214.