The 2022 NFL Draft features eight teams with multiple first-round picks, which greatly opens up the possibilities of Day One trades being agreed to. Fans love seeing their favorite team trade up to grab its top target, but the strategy of trading down to acquire more assets is often the better long-term move.
Even the best scouting departments have a pretty low hit rate in the NFL Draft. More picks means more opportunities to find future stars and contributors, so piling up draft capital is rarely a bad move.
Let's take a look at three of the most likely teams to trade down in the 2022 NFL Draft.
1. Detroit Lions
The Lions find themselves in a unique situation. Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson could easily be the Jacksonville Jaguars pick at No. 1. If that is the case, Detroit becomes the perfect trade candidate for teams in desperate need of offensive line help. The Lions seem motivated to finally get out of rebuilding mode and build a roster capable of competing in the NFC North. The problem is, one player isn't going to be enough to rebuild this roster. Moving down and adding another high draft pick (and maybe a 2023 first as well) would go a long way to helping them fill multiple holes in the roster. It's a strategy that likely wouldn't mess up the idea of taking an elite pass rusher like Kayvon Thibodeaux or Travon Walker, either.
2. New York Giants
General manager Joe Schoen gets an opportunity to make a good first impression with the Giants fan base in this draft. Of course, selecting elite playmakers at No. 5 and No. 7 would go a long way in improving the team's biggest roster needs. However, trading down in order to acquire a future first-round pick would provide even more opportunities to get better. Keep in mind that the Giants needs help along both sides of the line and this draft class is widely considered deep at both of those spots. That means New York can trade down to the middle of the first round and still take one of their top targets. An analytics-backed move like trading down in his first draft would also go a long way to helping Schoen distance himself from Dave Gettleman, which is something Giants fans will certainly be able to get behind.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
The lack of star power at the quarterback position in this draft class means that one or two of the top prospects could still be on the board at the end of the first round. That bodes well given the Chiefs own the No. 29 and No. 30 overall picks. Teams like the Seahawks or Falcons could look to trade back into the first round in order to grab a signal-caller in order to include the fifth-year option on the rookie contract that is available for first-round picks. We've seen this happen a few times recently, with the Baltimore Ravens trading back into the first to grab Lamar Jackson in 2018 and the Green Bay Packers doing so to draft Jordan Love in 2020.
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