HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Trades in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft were fast and plentiful. Apparently, the abundance of offensive lineman and the shortage of skill position players had many teams changing positions in the first round Thursday.
1) The first trade came on the heels of back-to-back offensive tackles to Kansas City and Jacksonville. The Dolphins gave up the 12th pick to move up to third overall to select Dion Jordan, DE from Oregon. In 2012 Miami tied for fourth-worst in the league in takeaways. Jordan had 14.5 sacks in 45 games with Oregon, and as a senior he had five sacks and forced three fumbles. The Dolphins pull off a trade with Oakland, giving up the 12th and 42nd overall choices.
2) Rams trade up to the 8th overall selection from Buffalo to draft the first wide receiver and skill set player, wide receiver Tavon Austin from West Virginia. The Bills received the Rams’ second- and seventh-round picks in the deal and the two teams swapped third-round picks. The Rams-Bills deal was the second trade of the first round. Rams needed help at the position after losing Danny Amendola to the New England Patriots in free agency.
4) Atlanta Falcons moving up to 22 to St. Louis’ spot select Desmond Trufant. St. Louis had two first round picks and made trades with both. In moving back, the St. Louis Rams added a third round pick (No. 92), and a sixth round selection (No. 198), while Atlanta received a 7th round pick in 2015 from the Rams.
5) Shortly after the Texans drafted a wide receiver for the first time since Andre Johnson in 2003, New England traded their 29th pick to Minnesota for a steep price: 2nd-round (#52), 3rd-round (#83), 4th-round (#102) and 7th-round (#229) picks. Minnesota drafted Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to complement newly-acquired free agent Greg Jennings and to replace the departure of Percy Harvin.
In the two drafts with the rookie scale (2011-12), teams have made six trades involving top-10 selections, including five on the day of the draft. There were four trades of top-10 selections in the previous six drafts combined (2005-10).