1. The Pittsburgh Steelers trade Ben Roethlisberger(notes): Word is that the Steelers are conservative, but still active, when it comes to shopping their newly disgraced quarterback. From the sixth to the tenth overall pick, all these teams - the Seahawks, Browns, Raiders, Bills, and Jaguars - have varying levels of quarterback need. Roethlisberger is the product of a distressed market due to his off-field "activities", and in a weak quarterback class, wouldn't one of those teams find him to be an preferable option to overdrafting Jimmy Clausen or crossing their fingers for a later-round guy?
2. The Detroit Lions acquire Albert Haynesworth(notes): It's well-known that the Redskins are eager to deal this albatross. However, Haynesworth never looked better than when he was working with current Lions head coach Jim Schwartz in Tennessee. If the Lions can make this trade, it would open the gates for an elite left tackle, something that's still a point of need. They'd probably be better off sticking with Ndamukong Suh, but Haynesworth might be had for a relatively attractive price in draft currency.
3. One (or more) of the top 10 teams trade down: Because of the value of top rookie contracts, and possible upcoming labor disputes, expect to see several high-picking teams extremely active in the hope of bailing out of the top 10. There's a great deal of talent in the low first and high second rounds this year, and the Bucs, Browns, and Jaguars are but three teams mentioned when discussing possible dealmakers.
4. Late bloomers shoot up the draft boards: As we get closer to the draft, most boards are fixed. However, it's always possible that a last look at some game film, or a recent bit of injury news, posts a player 10 or more picks up from where he used to be. A few names to watch: Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson, Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews, and Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain. Don't be too surprised if Wilson and McClain go in the top 10. Personally, I'd love to see TCU's Jerry Hughes climb into the 20s, as I believe he has the potential to be the best pass-rusher in this class.
5. Jerry Jones gets active: Various rumors have at least Martellus Bennett(notes), Marcus Spears(notes), and Bobby Carpenter(notes) on the blocks for the right dance partner. Jones was limited in last year's draft by the disastrous Roy Williams trade, so don't be surprised if he packages players and picks to move up and nab a coveted prospect (Dez Bryant?) The Eagles are also strong contenders to move up for the right price.
- Sam Bradford