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3 Most Likely Teams to Trade Up to Top 10 in NFL Draft

Max Staley
Three most likely teams to trade up into the top-10 picks of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Three most likely teams to trade up into the top-10 picks of the 2021 NFL Draft. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The NFL Draft is still a few days away, but we've already been treated to some pretty surprising trades. The San Francisco 49ers traded into the top-three picks in a deal with the Miami Dolphins, who immediately traded back into the top 10 in a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

This year's draft could be one of the most chaotic we've seen in quite some time. Front offices are working with less tape and information on these prospects due to complications from the pandemic. That should lead to some pretty surprising draft-day decisions, as teams could be desperate to land "their guy" in one of the most uncertain drafts ever.

With that in mind, here are three teams that could be looking to trade into the top-10 picks in the NFL Draft.

NFL Draft Trade Rumors

3. Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings don't have a second-round pick, but this team is flush with mid-round assets. Minnesota has four fourth-round picks, giving the Vikings a whopping seven picks in the first four rounds. If one of the top-tier offensive linemen begins to fall, don't be surprised to see Minnesota part with some mid-round assets to land someone like Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater in the top 10.

2. Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles could be looking to follow in the Miami Dolphins' footsteps. After trading down from No. 6, rumors are swirling about the Eagles potentially trading back into the top-10 picks. Philadelphia could dangle Zach Ertz and some mid-round picks to trade back into the top 10, potentially with the Carolina Panthers or Detroit Lions. The Eagles have a pretty obvious need at receiver, so Philadelphia could be looking to trade into the top 10 to atone for passing on Justin Jefferson last year.

1. New England Patriots

Conventional wisdom suggests that the New England Patriots should be looking to trade into the top 10. New England has real question marks at QB, and those are unlikely to be answered in the NFL Draft if the Pats remain at No. 15. Of course, the Patriots never seem to make the "conventional" decision in the draft, and Bill Belichick rarely trades up. But Belichick had Tom Brady throughout his 20-year run, and New England learned how hard life can be without a franchise QB in 2020. If one of the top-five passers begins to slip, don't be surprised to see Belichick break tradition to try to orchestrate a deal with the Lions (No. 7), Panthers (No. 8) or Dallas Cowboys (No. 10).

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