Kyler Murray

5 Teams That Should Trade Up for the No. 1 Pick in the NFL Draft

The biggest question heading into draft night concerns the Arizona Cardinals: what will they ultimately do with the No. 1 overall pick? Will they take the electrifying Kyler Murray, setting in motion a parting of ways with Josh Rosen after just one season? Will they end up trading back in favor of accumulating more picks?


We may not have a likely answer until Roger Goodell takes the envelope to the podium. But if the Cardinals do decide to stick with Rosen and trade back, there will be an abundance of teams ready and willing to wheel and deal for the privilege.


Murray is a hot commodity and considered to be the single best QB in this year's NFL Draft pool, so whoever trades up for the top selection is likely to do so with the Oklahoma product in mind-- starting with these five teams.

5. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have been relatively quiet this offseason after bringing in a new head coach, Zac Taylor, who was formerly with the LA Rams as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.


Unless the team has supreme confidence that a 31-year-old Andy Dalton is a long-term solution all of a sudden, they've got to consider a signal-caller come draft night. They're currently sitting at the No. 11 spot in the first round, but with 11 total picks in this draft, they definitely have the capital needed to move up if they choose to do so. Dalton simply is what he is at this point in his NFL career-- an average to above-average game manager.


Allowing Taylor to pick his QB of the future with the first overall pick would be an exciting proposition for Cincy.

4. Washington Redskins

Trading up in the draft for a QB isn't anything new for the Redskins. They traded up to No. 2 back in the 2012 draft to snag Baylor's Robert Griffin III. Could they potentially trade up for another Heisman Trophy winner in this year's draft? Consider it a possibility. 


With Alex Smith's football future in jeopardy due to a devastating leg injury and Case Keenum now penciled in behind center, the Redskins may as well embrace a rebuild. The first step in most rebuilds in bringing in a new face of the franchise. Dealing for the top overall pick and bringing Murray to Washington would be a meaningful way to start.


Heading into a season where head coach Jay Gruden will be on the hot seat, half-measures won't do. It's time for the Skins to be bold.

3. Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions haven't made the playoffs these last two years, and they haven't won a playoff game since 1991. While former No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford has done some great things for the franchise, he hasn't played at an elite level in recent seasons.


Now at age 31, Stafford's potential replacement may need to arrive this year, and the Lions haven't ruled out drafting a QB early. We haven't heard much noise so far possibly trading up from eighth to first, but pulling off such a move could revitalize the franchise and give head coach Matt Patrica an ideal quarterback of the future.

2. Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have been clear about what they think about their current QB, Derek Carr. They're saying all the right things, but we've seen Jon Gruden pull this same act before. Oakland traded both Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper last season; if they were willing to unload those two star-level talents, don't for a second think Carr is untouchable. 


Gruden and new GM Mike Mayock have praised Kyler Murray every chance they could, and they certainly have the draft capital to entice Arizona given their multiple first-round selections. Bringing in the 2018 Heisman winner to pair the newly-acquired wideout Antonio Brown would make the Raiders much-watch television sooner rather than later.

1. Miami Dolphins

If there's any team in the NFL that's openly trying to rebuild, it's the Miami Dolphins. They just brought in a new head coach in Brian Flores and got rid of franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Perennial backup Ryan Fitzpatrick was brought in to be the starter, but that's obviously not a long-term move. The aging veteran is surely being used a stopgap.


The Dolphins are the most QB-needy team in the league, so even if they don't trade up from 13th, they're still sure to draft a signal-caller. But trading up to get someone like Kyler Murray should be in the cards for Miami, who hasn't had a truly elite QB since Dan Marino. 


Dolphins fans are hungry for a new franchise guy. Swooping in for Murray would not only satisfy their fan base, but it would jump-start the rebuild under their new head coach.