NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts Could Trade Down, Are 49ers an Option?


Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts have the #24 spot in the draft, but there’s plenty of reason to believe that they can move up or down.

The  Colts have a lot of options with the #24 pick, unlike last year, where they pretty much had to take Andrew Luck. Now, they can move back, or even move up. There a lot of scenarios that can happen. There are some teams that that could happen with. The teams that I think the Colts have a good chance of trading with are:

– Philadelphia Eagles

– San Francisco 49ers

– New England Patriots

– Washington Redskins

Although, any team is a possiblity, these ones are the ones that make the most sense.

Those 4 teams make a lot of sense for many reasons. The Eagles is probably the team that makes the most sense. Grigson used to have a big role there a few years ago, and has made several trades with them as well. The Eagles are in the #35 spot, which is only 11 spots behind the Colts. Don’t be surprised if the Colts trade back and the Eagles move up.

The 49ers make sense too. The Colts traded with the 49ers last year in the draft, and the 49ers hold one of the Colts’ picks. They are situated at the #31 and #33 spot, so that makes sense too.

The Patriots and Redskins are a bit outside the box, but they make sense. The Patriots always like trading, and as we saw last year, they traded up. We know that if the Pats like someone, they go after them. They could be trading partners with anybody. The Redskins don’t have a first round pick, and although they pick #51, they could potentially be partners with the Colts. They have a history of trading picks (mostly trading down).

Those are just a few of the partners, but does it make more sense for the Colts to trade up or down?

Well, the Colts are most likely in a “Best Player Available” kind of situation, where they take who they think is the best player on the board. If that’s the case, which it seems to be, and it looked like it last year, than it wouldn’t really make sense for them to trade up. The only possible way I see them trading up is if they have their eye on a player, and that player happens to be dropping. Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper come to mind, but that’s just me speculating.

The more likely situation is that they trade down and compile more picks. Some teams are desperate on getting a certain player, so the Colts could get lucky with a desperate trading partner.

All in all, no one has any idea what the Colts will be doing. There are probably about 12 possible players the Colts could pick, and even then, they could trade down or up. There are just so many possiblities this year, and I expect the Colts to explore all of them.

This should be an interesting draft for Colts fans as no one knows what they’ll do with that pick.

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