There were nearly 200 trades involving draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. A good portion of those deals occurred prior to draft weekend, but plenty also happened during the live selections.
During the first round alone, 10 picks swapped hands between teams. One team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, moved up into the top 10 to select linebacker Devin Bush.
Seeing where each college player will take his talents at the professional level is exciting, but the draft trades add an extra element to the event. It's not only changing the future for the teams involved in the trade, but this can also alter the draft strategy of several different organizations and shake up the entire selection process.
Here are 10 NFL draft trades we would love to see happen this year:
Arizona Cardinals trade up to select DE Chase Young
No one said these trades had to be likely. It always takes a plethora of picks to acquire the No. 2 choice in the NFL draft, and it's rarely done for a non-quarterback player. The last time a team traded up for one of the top two selections and didn't draft a quarterback was 1997.
To land Young, the Cardinals will likely have to move up to No. 2 because the Detroit Lions are sitting at third overall and desperately need defensive help. The one need Washington, which has the second selection, doesn't have is on the defensive line, and after No. 2, Washington's next pick is the second choice in the third round.
Going 64 picks between drafting players is a scary proposition. Arizona could take advantage of Washington's goal of accumulating more picks and acquire the best player in the draft. This move would give the Cardinals the pillars of Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, Chandler Jones and Young to build around in the future.
Miami Dolphins move up to draft QB Tua Tagovailoa
With Tagovailoa coming off an injury, it's unclear his exact draft value, but it's still possible the Dolphins could nab him at No. 5 overall.
It seems more likely that the former Alabama signal-caller either goes at No. 2 to Washington or some other team trades up before No. 5 to grab him. Miami may feel inclined to trade up itself to prevent that from happening.
The Dolphins stockpiled 14 selections for this year's draft, including six inside the top 70. There isn't a team more equipped to move up a couple of picks to ensure it lands the player it wants.
Oakland Raiders swap a late first or second-round pick for WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock rolled the dice on wide receiver Antonio Brown last year. That blew up in his face, so maybe he's not jumping at the chance to add another unhappy, prima donna receiver from the AFC North.
At the same time, Mayock's trade for Brown last offseason indicates he's willing to take a risk at the right price. Beckham has expressed his interest in leaving Cleveland, and the Browns may want to continue shredding fat from last year's disappointing team. While Cleveland used a first-round pick to acquire Beckham just a year ago, if he continues to display displeasure, his trade price will drop.
The Raiders possess two first-round picks but no second-round choices. They could trade back from No. 20 overall to get two additional selections — maybe one in each of the first and second rounds — and use one of the picks to land Beckham.
Denver Broncos move up to select a wide receiver
Rookie quarterback Drew Lock played only five games, but he looked good in that small sample. In the final five games of the season, Lock completed 64.1 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and three interceptions, leading the Broncos to a 4-1 record.
Denver may finally have its replacement for Peyton Manning, but now it's about adding weapons to help the young signal-caller. This year's draft features three elite wide receivers: Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb and Alabama's Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III.
The Broncos select 15th overall, so they very well could draft the best available wide receiver at that spot. However, if they fall in love with any of those three wideouts over the next few weeks, moving up five spots or so to ensure they get him is possible.
Atlanta Falcons trade up to draft edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson
It's not out of the question that Chaisson falls to No. 16, where the Falcons are picking. Atlanta also possesses enough defensive needs that sitting where it is and just selecting the best available defensive player isn't at all a bad idea.
But the Falcons need an outside pass rusher most desperately. While acquiring the rights to draft Chase Young is pretty much out of the question, landing the second-best edge rusher in this class would be a huge win for Atlanta.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff isn't shy about making trades, so even with his team seemingly several moves away from becoming a contender again, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him pull off a decision that signals the team is still in win-now mode. The ages of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones mean time is ticking too.
San Francisco 49ers trade first-round pick for WR A.J. Green
The 49ers lost veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders from their Super Bowl roster. He was arguably the last missing piece the team needed to fill in its puzzle to win the NFC crown.
It would only be natural for the 49ers to fill the hole left from Sanders with another veteran receiver such as A.J. Green. The Bengals placed the franchise tag on Green in March, so it seems Cincinnati trading him is unlikely. With Joe Burrow's arrival, Green may be most valuable to the Bengals as a weapon to help the Heisman Trophy winner develop in the NFL.
Still, for the right price, Green could find his way on another team, and the 49ers now have two first-round picks. They dealt defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 13 overall pick and also have their own choice at No. 31.
Los Angeles Chargers move back up into the first round to draft QB Jordan Love
Let's assume for a second that the Chargers don't draft quarterback Justin Herbert at No. 6 overall. That would signal the organization is content starting Tyrod Taylor behind center in 2020.
Well actually, not necessarily. The Chargers could still trade back into the latter part of the first round to grab a quarterback. Love, who isn't expected to be as pro ready as Burrow or Tagovailoa, could be an obvious target.
Trading back up into the first round for a signal-caller is always exciting. The last time that happened was in 2018 with the Baltimore Ravens taking Lamar Jackson. That trade worked out well for them.
New England Patriots trade third-round pick for QB Andy Dalton
Bill Belichick appears fine letting second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham enter the preseason as the assumed starter at quarterback for the Patriots. But if Belichick changes his mind, he could probably land Dalton for a low cost.
Dalton has his limitations, and he hasn't posted a winning record since 2015. But from 2011-15 when he had a much more competent team around him, he led the Bengals to a 50-26-1 record.
Maybe Dalton can finally win a playoff game with the Patriots too.
Dallas Cowboys move back into first round to select S Grant Delpit
The Cowboys possess a couple of areas of need on defense. They could use a replacement for the departed Robert Quinn to complement DeMarcus Lawrence along the defensive line. Dallas has needed to upgrade the safety position for years, but it also just lost cornerback Byron Jones as well.
Look for Dallas to address its pass rush or the cornerback spot at No. 17 overall. It could depend on how the first half of the first round unfolds, but in all likelihood, there's going to be a better selection of players to choose from at those positions at that point in the draft.
Jerry Jones loves making a splash, though, so don't count out Dallas trading back into the first round to acquire another defensive piece. The Cowboys could target safety Grant Delpit in a trade-up if he's still available around pick No. 28.
Indianapolis Colts trade back into the first round to draft a quarterback
Now, just for fun, let's assume the Chargers did take Herbert at No. 6 overall. In that scenario, the Colts could be the team trading back into the first round to select Love.
As previously mentioned, Indianapolis sent its No. 13 overall pick to San Francisco for Buckner. The Colts also signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers this offseason. Both of those moves make it highly unlikely the Colts invest heavily in quarterback during this draft.
But if Love is still available late in the first round, could Indianapolis move up from No. 34 to late in the first round to grab the former Utah signal caller? With the Colts owning three selections on Day 2, it's not out of the question.