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Which NFL Teams Need To Pursue a Higher Draft Pick (2024)

by IBT Media Staff

As the calendar turns to the much-anticipated month of the 2024 NFL Draft, set to unfold from April 25 to 27 in the bustling city of Detroit, all eyes are on the strategies that teams will employ to secure the best incoming talent. Among the early movers are the Minnesota Vikings, who have cleverly maneuvered to secure an extra first-round pick. This bold move not only positions them advantageously but opens the door to potentially trading up further in the first round.

With an exceptionally talented group of quarterbacks available this year and impactful players at other key positions, the stakes are incredibly high. Teams are gearing up for what promises to be an unforgettable draft, loaded with prospects that have the potential to alter the course of franchises.

The following teams seem to benefit most from putting together a package that could move them up in the opening round.

Which NFL Teams Need To Trade Up in Round No. 1

Denver Broncos

The Broncos, facing arguably the most challenging quarterback situation among all NFL teams, entered NFL Free Agency with their hands seemingly tied after releasing Russell Wilson. Without the cap space to land a game-changing quarterback in Free Agency, their sights are now firmly set on the 2024 NFL Draft.

The only viable strategy to significantly upgrade their quarterback room is through a daring move to climb up in the draft order. Positioned currently at the 12th pick, the Broncos risk missing out on the draft’s elite quarterback talents – Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye and J.J. McCarthy – who are expected to be off the board early. While the Broncos are unlikely to move up to the No. 3 position, they could try and move up to get the fourth quarterback off the board. They could also stay at No. 12, where they could possibly draft Michael Penix Jr. or Bo Nix, both of whom could be there if no one moves in front of them.

In a conference brimming with top-tier quarterback talent, entering the next season without a competitive option at quarterback seems ill-advised for the Broncos. Securing one of the top-four prospects by trading up in the draft is not just a move for improvement:  It’s essential for hope and competitive relevance.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders are in a unique position heading into the NFL Draft. With Aidan O’Connell and Gardner Minshew leading the team and the 13th overall pick in their pocket, now might be the perfect time for them to aim for one of the top quarterbacks.

What’s really interesting is how their defense turned around from Week 9 on last season, becoming the No. 1 scoring unit through the end of Week 18 under Antonio Pierce. Plus, they’ve added Christian Wilkins to the mix, joining forces with Maxx Crosby, which might just be one of the smartest moves we’ve seen in a while. It’s kind of like when”The Fast and the Furious” franchise brought in The Rock, a game changer.

Given these strategic moves and their strong defensive foundation, the Raiders should absolutely go all-in to trade up for a quarterback. They’re setting the stage for something big, and getting a top quarterback could be the key piece they need.

New York Giants

The Giants find themselves at a pivotal moment. With Daniel Jones recovering from a major knee injury and holding a record that leaves much to be desired, the team could consider another possible option at the position.

Team owner John Mara is ready to back up the decisions of general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll if they decide to pick a quarterback early in the first round. They have the No. 6 overall pick, but in a year crowded with teams needing quarterbacks, that might not be high enough to get one of the top players.

If the Giants really want to secure a franchise-leading quarterback, they might have to trade up to ensure they don’t miss out on a game-changing prospect. Otherwise, they could use the pick to get an impactful wide receiver to help give Jones some help.

Minnesota Vikings

The good news is the Minnesota Vikings hold the No. 11 and No. 23 overall pick. The bad news is they don’t make another selection after that until the fourth round. The Vikings, though, need a quarterback after letting Kirk Cousins go, so they will almost certainly select one with their first pick. To move up, though, they will also likely have to give up the 23rd pick, leaving them with just one pick in the first four rounds unless they do some maneuvering to get back into the second or third round. They do have six picks from rounds four through seven that they could package.

Many experts believe the Vikings are trying to move up to potentially select McCarthy, Daniels, or Maye; that’s assuming Williams is off the board at No. 1. The next two selections after Williams are a bit up in the air, but the Vikings would like to move up high enough to get one of the players from that top tier. If those top four go off the board before the Vikings pick, they will almost certainly select Penix Jr. or Nix.

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