The NFL Draft is still over a month away, but new mock drafts are released frequently, and CBS NFL analyst Will Brinson’s latest mock draft includes two blockbuster trades occurring in the first round.
The first big trade Brinson predicted was the Cleveland Browns trading from No. 12 to No. 4 with the Jacksonville Jaguars to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
“The Browns wanted to stay put and take the best player available to them at No. 12, but then Trubisky slid through the top three. They dialed up Jacksonville, offered a second-round pick and No. 12 for the No. 4 and made the move,” Brinson wrote.
For the next pick, Brinson has the Buffalo Bills trading up to No. 5 with the Tennessee Titans to draft Deshaun Watson.
“Fearing that the Jets might want to nab Watson, the Bills make a bold, Doug Whaley-style move to go up and grab another ACC quarterback who was highly productive but has issues about the system. (Gulp.) The Bills give up a third-round pick to the Titans and swap fourth-round picks to make things more or less even,” he wrote.
The Browns trading up for Trubisky would make sense. Cleveland needs a QB, and Trubisky wants to play for the Browns.
The Bills recently re-signed Tyrod Taylor, but if they don’t anticipate him being a franchise QB, they could make the move for Watson—especially if they don’t want the Jets to draft Watson.
With several quarterback-needy teams and plenty of quality QBs in this draft, Brinson’s predictions of some teams moving into the top 10 for a QB could come to fruition during the draft.
(h/t CBS Sports)