The 2022 NFL Draft is just three days away, and teams are finalizing their plans.
But while they have an idea of who to pick, the draft order is not yet completed.
Trades can still happen during the day in hopes of getting more picks.
That said, ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter shared an intriguing trend.
Within the past week, as the draft has drawn closer, multiple teams in the top half of the draft have inquired with others to try to trade back in the first round, per sources. So far, the interest in moving back in Thursday’s draft has greatly exceeded the interest in moving up.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2022
Schefter tweeted, “Within the past week, as the draft has drawn closer, multiple teams in the top half of the draft have inquired with others to try to trade back in the first round, per sources. So far, the interest in moving back in Thursday’s draft has greatly exceeded the interest in moving up.”
Is this an indication that the 2022 draft class is weak in general?
If teams that will draft early believed in the top talent available, they wouldn’t even consider trading away from the top half.
Getting More Opportunities To Build A Competitive Roster
Typically, teams that draft early retain their pick because of the opportunity to draft a game-changer.
But are the teams in the top half willing to trade their early selections to get more picks?
The wide receiver class in this year’s draft is deep, and teams looking for one can still draft a solid option in the later rounds.
Yet by trading away their early selection, they can get an extra pick to address another position of need.
It’s an intelligent approach to fill more areas of concern in one draft.
If teams do their due diligence, they can find starters even on days two or three of the draft.
That way, they can quickly transform their roster to become more competitive for the upcoming season.