No collective bargaining agreement means players can't be traded at this month's NFL draft, but teams still can deal their picks.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick mentioned earlier this week that there is "a lot of interest" in his team's draft picks, and Tennessee Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt told the Tennessean that he believes the league's annual college coming-out party could feature plenty of trades.
"For some reason, I think there's probably going to be a little bit more (trading), but I can't really tell you why," Reinfeldt said Tuesday. "I just have a gut (feeling) that people are kind of anxious to do something and say, 'What the heck? Let's make a few trades.' "
Reinfeldt said he has had some conversations about swapping picks, but he expects more serious talks when the draft begins April 28. The Titans hold the eighth overall pick by virtue of their 6-10 finish in 2010.
"I think more of it happens on draft day," he said. "I don't think that much is going to happen before unless it is really high. Even if you watch the mock drafts, there's a lot of different ways people think the draft is going to take off. So I think people will have to get a feel for how it is going to go, what positions are going to get a run, before they jump in and start doing what they think they need to do to help their team.
"But (the trade conversations) start to really take place probably the last week before the draft, when people really get their draft boards really firm in their minds or finalized in their minds."