Last weekend, Sporting News listed the five teams most likely to move up in Thursdays NFL draft: the Falcons, 49ers, Bills, Jets and Cowboys. But they need trade partners, of course. And there are also plenty of teams that are eager to cash in on the unprecedented depth of this draft.No matter where teams are in the first round, dealing with other teams hungry for specific players is always worth exploring in exchange for a cache of draft picks. And some teams value draft picks more than others. Finally, certain teams simply have so much leverage, moving down is too much to resist.TUCKER: First-round QBs need to be ready right away | Latest Mock Draft | Best-ever picksThese teams are worth watching to move in the other direction:1. Texans (1st overall)Duh, its not like they can move up, right? Still, as much Carolina Panthers Jersey
as general manager Rick Smith talked last week about knowing who he wanted to draft, his disclaimer was, "If we take the first pick ..." So, among other things, don't a sume they're zeroed in on Jadeveon Clowney or Blake Bortles or Khalil Mack or anyone else the mock drafts have tied to the pick.Houston has 11 picks, including the first in each round, and it easily can add to that haul and really set new coach Bill OBrien up for the future, and boost a team that already has veteran talent on both sides of the ball. This is no prediction, but its an obvious choice.2. Ravens (17th)General manager Ozzie Newsome and his staff went to great lengths to confirm their love for picks at their pre-draft pre s conference last week. They also have a history of moving down in, and out of, the first round. Finally, their track record of controversially letting free agents get away is balanced by Vernon Butler Jersey
the compensatory picks they crave.The Ravens are sitting right where one or two of the elite quarterback prospects and the cream of the crop of wide receivers likely will still be available. They also would like more than the eight picks they have. Theyll be ready just in case.3. Steelers (15th)Another team that praises the depth of this draftand one that said its hampered in moving up because it doesnt own its third-round pick (traded it to get a player in last years draft). So Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told reporters Monday that moving down is an option thats available to us.Colbert acknowledged that receivers and corners are their targets. Its anyones gue s which of the receivers (Odell Beckham Jr., Brandin Cooks, Marqise Lee) and corners (Kyle Fuller, Darqueeze Dennard) will still be on the boardand if the Steelers like them better than someone they can get later in the first round or in later Taylor Moton Jersey
rounds.4. Dolphins (19th)Theyre rebuilding their offensive line and would love one of the great left tackles, but theyd have to move up for a Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews or Taylor Lewan. So, word has it, theyre willing to move back if someone they love doesnt fall to them this far down.They have only their own picks in each round, so unle s Luke Kuechly Jersey
theyre crazy about the next tier of tacklesZack Martin and JaWuan James have been mentionedtheyll have their ears open for trade partners.5. Cowboys (16th)Here they are again, for the same reason they were on the trade-up listits what Jerry Jones does. Just as making a move to secure Johnny Manziel is po sible, making another move if they can't get him is just as po sible. And while Jones had more than enough swings-and-mi ses on draft day to put the Cowboys in the state theyre in now, he has one very recent succe s he can proudly claim.Just a year ago, Dallas moved down 13 spots in the first round to get the 49ers pick, grab a third-rounder, and take center Travis Frederick. The third-round pick became wide receiver Terrance Williams. Not bad at all. If the Cowboys are as wise this time in moving down, they might break that 8-8 string after all.