NFL Combine: Which Teams Are Poised To Trade Up for a QB in the 2024 NFL Draft?

QB-needy teams might need creativity in the 2024 NFL Draft. Six clubs -- including the Giants and Vikings -- may be inclined to trade up in Round 1.

Quarterback prospects wrapped up their NFL Combine experience on Saturday, taking part in measurements and on-field workouts after two days of interviews and media sessions on Thursday and Friday.

While likely top-five picks such as Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, and Jayden Daniels declined to participate in Combine drills, other QBs like J.J. McCarthy, Bo Nix, and Michael Penix Jr. took part in Saturday’s action, hoping to buoy their stock in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The QB-needy Chicago Bears, Washington Commanders, and New England Patriots hold the top three selections in next month’s draft, so Williams, Maye, and Daniels may already be spoken for.

Which teams might be willing to trade up in Round 1 to land one of the draft’s other potential franchise quarterbacks?

6 Teams That Could Move Up for a QB in the 2024 NFL Draft

While free agency will affect which clubs are still in the QB market in late April, there aren’t many surefire starters on the open market.

Kirk Cousins and Baker Mayfield will collect significant guaranteed money and enter the 2024 campaign as the clear starting QBs for their next teams. But other free agent signal-callers like Gardner Minshew, Jacoby Brissett, and Joe Flacco will likely be required to compete for playing time.

Teams hoping to add a quarterback this offseason might need to do so through the draft, which could lead clubs to bite the bullet and trade up the first-round board.

Let’s run through six squads that could move up for a QB on draft night, starting with a team that already committed to a quarterback last offseason.

New York Giants (No. 6)

Big Blue gave Daniel Jones a long-term extension in 2023, signing the former first-round pick to a four-year, $160 million deal that included $81 million in guaranteed money. Jones struggled to a 36.3 QBR in six starts before tearing his ACL in November.

Jones’ contract structure ties him to the Giants through 2024, but they can release him next offseason. He’ll carry a $47 million cap charge this year unless New York reworks his deal. A rookie QB wouldn’t have a cap number higher than $8 million next year, allowing the Giants to carry and start Jones this season before moving to a new option in 2025.

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New York’s interest in trading up to land a quarterback in this year’s draft was reportedly the “worst kept secret of the Combine.” General manager Joe Schoen has an extra second-round pick after trading DT Leonard Williams to the Seattle Seahawks last October.

If Williams, Maye, and Daniels go 1-2-3, the Giants might be able to stay put at No. 6 and take the next-best quarterback. But if other teams are trying to move ahead of New York by trading with the Arizona Cardinals (No. 4) or Los Angeles Chargers (No. 5), the Giants may need to get aggressive and move up a spot or two.

Atlanta Falcons (No. 8)

The Falcons have been tied to Cousins and a trade for Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields. A veteran passer could make sense for Atlanta, which already has an underrated offensive line and weapons like RB Bijan Robinson, WR Drake London, and TE Kyle Pitts in place.

Could the Falcons consider a rookie quarterback? Raheem Morris, in place as the team’s new head coach, brought first-year offensive coordinator Zac Robinson from the Los Angeles Rams and could be intrigued by starting fresh under center.

If Atlanta has a high enough grade on McCarthy, it could try to move ahead of the Giants by striking a deal with Arizona or Los Angeles. The Falcons have an extra third-round thanks to their Calvin Ridley trade, and that pick will become a second-rounder if the Jacksonville Jaguars sign the veteran wideout to an extension.

Minnesota Vikings (No. 11)

The Vikings have been linked to potential QB trade-up moves since general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and head coach Kevin O’Connell took over before the 2022 season, but they’ve stuck with Cousins over the past two years.

Minnesota is again in the market to move up and has reportedly inquired with the Patriots about the availability of the No. 3 overall pick. The Vikings fueled further quarterback speculation by adding Josh McCown — Maye’s high school QB coach — to their staff this week.

How Minnesota approaches free agency will obviously impact their draft outlook. If the Vikings re-sign Cousins to a deal with $50 million guaranteed, he’ll be their starting quarterback for the next two seasons. At that point, it wouldn’t make sense to move up for a QB who wouldn’t see the field, barring an injury.

Denver Broncos (No. 12)

The Broncos were among the teams to meet with McCarthy at this week’s Combine, signaling Denver’s interest in adding a quarterback in Round 1.

Russell Wilson will be designated a post-June 1 cut this offseason, and the Broncos won’t have the cap space to add another veteran quarterback alongside holdover Jarrett Stidham. Sean Payton might not have expected to turn Denver into an immediate contender, but he might not want to wait much longer before finding the club’s long-term QB.

The Broncos don’t have their second-round pick in this year’s draft, having included that selection in their trade for Payton’s contractual rights. They’d likely need to part with multiple future first-rounders to get into the top three or four spots, but a move to 7-10 wouldn’t cost as much.

Las Vegas Raiders (No. 13)

The Raiders would be looking at a price similar to the Broncos if they want to trade into the top three.

Speaking with reporters last week, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Las Vegas would likely need to sacrifice No. 13, first- and third-round picks in 2025, and another first-rounder in 2026.

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It’ll take a premium for the Raiders to move up, which might not be worth it for a roster that needs a lot of work besides quarterback. If first-year general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Antonio Piece want to implement a long-term vision, trading draft capital may not be the right move.

Seattle Seahawks (No. 16)

The Seahawks have reportedly informed Geno Smith that he will remain on their roster next season, ending speculation that the veteran passer could be traded in the coming weeks.

Seattle could’ve considered a move for a QB in last year’s draft. Owners of the No. 5 and No. 20 picks, the Seahawks had the ammunition to move up the board but decided to stay put, selecting CB Devon Witherspoon and WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

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General manager John Schnieder, calling Seattle’s personnel shots after Pete Carroll’s departure, could take a different approach this year. Smith will turn 34 years old in October, while the Seahawks will be able to exit his contract while clearing $25 million in cap space next offseason.

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