Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL draft can create trade mania

How many trades will take place by the end of the first round? This draft already has three: the Rams trading up from No. 15 to No. 1 with the Titans, and the Eagles — who had traded up from 13 to 8 with Miami — trading up to No. 2 with the Browns.

Last year's first round only had six trades, the fewest in any draft since 2000. Since an all-time high of 19 trades in 2012 — including the Bucs trading down for Mark Barron and dealing up for Doug Martin — there have been fewer deals each year, with 12 in 2013, 11 in 2014 and six last season. Don't expect the downward trend to continue.

Trades come in threes

The previous three times that both the No. 1 and No. 2 pick in the draft have been traded — 1967, 1975 and 1997 — the No. 3 overall pick also has been dealt. The Chargers have the third pick and are likely to pick either Tunsil or Ramsey, but if they too choose to trade down, they'll keep the draft trend intact.

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