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Tom Oates: Predicting first round of NFL draft challenging with conditions right for busy trading day
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Tom Oates: Predicting first round of NFL draft challenging with conditions right for busy trading day

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The best bet for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL draft is that they will trade their first-round pick.

General manager Brian Gutekunst has traded up or back — one time he even did both — in each of the three drafts he has orchestrated. In a volatile draft that could run short at several of Green Bay's positions of need and with more mid-round picks than usual as potential bait, Gutekunst likely will be seeking out trade partners.

What are the Packers' positions of need as they try to take that one final step to the Super Bowl? Cornerback, interior defensive line, offensive line, slot wide receiver and inside linebacker, in no particular order. Don't rule out anything with Gutekunst though, especially after he eschewed glaring needs to trade up for quarterback Jordan Love last year.

This year's draft will be driven by the presence of five quarterbacks with first-round grades. That should make for ample trade activity in the first half of the round, though this mock draft doesn't include projected trades.

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