2012 NFL Draft: Six Teams Capable of Trading Up in the First Round

By Dan Parzych

With the 2012 NFL Draf set to kickoff on Thursday night, it’s that time of year where teams begin to try and negotiate last-second trades with teams with the intention of possibly moving up a few spots to land a specific player they’re interested in.

Last year, the Atlanta Falcons pulled off one of the biggest surprises on draft day by swapping first-round picks with the Cleveland Browns along with four other future draft picks (second and fourth-round picks in 2011, first and fourth-round picks in 2012) to select former Alabama star wide receiver Julio Jones with the sixth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Falcons realized it was a bold move to give up so many picks for just one player, but they strongly believed an addition like Jones was exactly what this team needed to get over the hump.

While it’s still a matter of time before anyone can determine whether or not this move will pay off for the Falcons, this was a move Atlanta feels will pay off in the long run when it comes to reaching the ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl. While teams like the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins already have their hearts set on Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, the rest of the 30 picks in the first round seem to be up in the air when it comes to who lands where.

With that being said, there are numerous teams that are capable of making a big move like the Falcons did in 2011 and trade up in this year’s class. The Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, and Jacksonville Jaguars have all indicated they may be willing to make a trade with the right offer–especially if they receive a massive offer like the Browns did last year.

So which teams are capable of making a big trade in this year’s draft to move up in the first round? Be sure to let us know and leave your comments below!

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