Excitement is building as the 2021 NFL Draft approaches on Thursday with the first round. This year's draft class is considered as deeper than usual, which means plenty of talented players will be available outside of the top 10.
A few teams may consider trading for another first-round pick to make sure they get another top prospect instead hoping he falls. He are three teams that could trade back into the first round of the NFL Draft.
3. Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers already own the No. 29 pick in the draft, but this is the year they need to go all-in and prove to Aaron Rodgers that they're serious about competing during his prime. Green Bay has needs at wide receiver, cornerback, linebacker and offensive line, which they can address with another first-rounder in the 20s. The Packers have a late second-rounder (No. 62) and third-round pick (No. 92) to work with, as well as two picks in each of Rounds 4-6. They should pursue upgrades at key positions to make sure they get past the NFC Championship Game and back to the Super Bowl. Trading up in the first round would give them a chance to add another young talent to this roster.
2. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are hoping for a bounce-back year in 2021 after an injury-filled 2020 campaign that saw Dak Prescott go down early. Getting Prescott offensive line help and upgrading the secondary are two huge needs for Dallas in the draft. The Cowboys can take care of the latter with the No. 10 pick by selecting Patrick Surtain II, or even trade down and nab Jaycee Horn or Caleb Farley in the mid-to-late first. Still, there's several talented late-first offensive linemen like Alijah Vera-Tucker, Teven Jenkins and Samuel Cosmi that should entice Dallas to explore adding another first-rounder. They have a high second-round pick (No. 44) as well as two third-round picks (No. 75 and 99) and two selections in both Round 4 and 6 to round out any trade package.
1. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings were similarly impacted by injuries and absences during the 2020 season. They could also use similar reinforcements on the offensive line and on defense. The Vikings could be a trade up candidate from No. 14 if they want one of the top OL prospects in this draft, but needing defensive line and pass-rushing help should make them consider a trade for a late first-round pick as well. DL Christian Barmore and edge rushers like Gregory Rousseau, Jamin Davis and Zaven Collins should be available near the end of the first. Any of those players would immediately boost this defense after its worst year under Mike Zimmer. Minnesota's lack of a second-round pick may motivate them to nab a late first, especially with two third-round picks, four fourth-round picks and two fifth-round picks at their disposal.
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