Trade strategies still taking shape

It's still too early to tell which teams might trade up, but it looks like the Redskins might move down.

Originally Published: March 24, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
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Q: Which teams do you see possibly trading up into the top 10 picks?
Michael, Columbus, Ohio
Ben Roethlisberger
Could Ben Roethlisberger fall all the way out of the top 10? Maybe.
KIPER: We'll have to wait and see what happens with the top picks before trying to judge which teams might move up. There is speculation that the Arizona Cardinals will ride Josh McCown and are no longer in the market for a quarterback, meaning they could be in the market for a WR and allow Miami-Ohio QB Ben Roethlisberger to drop down the draft order.

Most teams in the top 10 don't need quarterbacks, so a QB-hungry team like the Pittsburgh Steelers could have Roethlisberger fall into its lap at No. 11. It is very possible, though, that the Washington Redskins will look to move down from No. 5 in order to get some additional picks, so that is the spot to watch right now. With several big-name prospects yet to work out draft strategies are still taking shape, so we'll just have to wait and see.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.