We are mere hours from finding out who will go in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The excitement is already building with prospects making their way through the red carpet and into AT&T Stadium in Dallas. When all is said and done, months of speculation and rumors will have come to an end.
But we’re not quite there yet. Things can still change. A ton of trades will likely happen during the first round Thursday evening.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that could include teams angling to move back into the end of the first round as Thursday night draws to a conclusion in Big D.
Teams already eyeing move into back of first round: Vikings have received calls today from six teams interested in potentially trading into back half of first round and No. 30 pick, per source. Calls coming for New England at 31 and Philadelphia at 32, too.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 26, 2018
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Adding a player at the end of the first round instead of the top of Day 2 enables a team to boast a fifth-year option on said player’s rookie deal. That’s even more important when it comes to the quarterback position.
With as many as six signal callers expected to go in the first round, any quarterback-needy team that misses out on a target earlier in Round 1 could look to move back into the first for a player at that position.