It’s common this time of year for rumors and rumblings to gain traction ahead of the NFL draft. It’s particularly true for teams with premium picks, who could set the table for the entire draft with a trade down.
Last year the Rams and Eagles traded a slew of early rounders for the first- and second-overall selections to take quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. Without any sure-fire quarterback prospects in this class, it’s unlikely that scenario unfolds again.
When it comes to rumors, teams often induce some themselves by leaking information to drum up interest and leverage potential trade partners against each other to create more demand.
Take the 49ers, for example, who pick second and could justify trading back to find multiple roster upgrades for new general manager John Lynch.
THE PLOT THICKENS!