The Atlanta Falcons (No. 4) and Miami Dolphins (No. 6) aren’t the only teams who could potentially trade down in the first round of the NFL draft. The Carolina Panthers (No. 8) have also “had conversations with other teams about potentially trading back,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
This is notable news for the Denver Broncos, who pick one spot after the Panthers at No. 9. If one of the top quarterback prospects surprisingly falls to Carolina (such as Justin Fields or Trey Lance), several teams will likely be interested in trading up to acquire them.
The New England Patriots (No. 15) and Washington Football Team (No. 19) are among the teams who might be interested in jumping Denver in a trade with the Panthers to secure a quarterback.
To prevent that from happening, the Broncos might be interested in swapping spots with Carolina — if one of the top QBs falls to No. 8. It probably wouldn’t cost a lot to trade up one spot, but the Panthers could drive up their asking price if they draw a lot of interest from other teams.
All of this could turn out to be a moot point, though, if Fields and Lance go off the board well before Carolina goes on the clock. The first round of the draft will air on ESPN, NFL Network and ABC on Thursday, April 29.