The first round of the NFL Draft is always full of trades. These five prospects are going to cause the most interest for teams interested in moving up.
Predicting which teams will move up in Round 1 of the NFL Draft is a nearly impossible task. It is, however, possible to identify the group of prospects that are most likely to inspire movement on Day 1.
This piece will identify five prospects that fall into that category. Inclusion on this list doesn’t mean we believe a prospect is worthy of the attention they will get in the draft. Instead, it’s a reflection of how NFL talent evaluators feel about this year’s class of prospects.
In many cases, the likelihood of the prospect in question inspiring a trade will largely hinge on the value of their position group. Teams always move up the board to grab the quarterbacks they covet. Fewer teams are going to spend valuable resources to grab the running back of their dreams.
Our list begins with a tackle who could appeal to a lot of teams looking for an immediate starter.
5. Jedrick Wills
The value of right tackles in the NFL continues to rise on an annual basis. Wills is the top-rated player at right tackle in this year’s class. That’s going to make him a hot name after the top left tackles go off the board.
Don’t be surprised if a playoff team views Wills as the missing piece to complete their offensive line. He’s capable of starting for a good team right away and he still has the upside to develop into a Pro Bowler in time. That makes him a good fit for any team looking for an upgrade at the right tackle spot.
It’s easy to envision a scenario where a team moves up into the top 15 with the intention of making Wills their right tackle of the present and future. He may not be the most dynamic prospect in the draft, but his high floor will likely tempt a team to move up to secure his services.