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NFL source thinks there will be a record number of trades in this year’s draft

Will any of them affect the Bengals’ rumored pursuit of Ja’Marr Chase?

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The NFL Draft has finally arrived, and all indications are the Cincinnati Bengals plan to take LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase with the No. 5 overall pick.

However, a report emerged Wednesday that the Detroit Lions actually tried trading up to move ahead of the Bengals for Chase. The rumored move would have seen Detroit acquire the No. 4 pick via the Atlanta Falcons. Thankfully, the Falcons’ asking price was too high, so the deal never came to fruition.

Might there be other teams attempt to trade up for Chase?

Sports Illustrated reporter Pete Thamel is hearing that there could be a record number of trades in this draft, several of which would involve teams moving into the top of

Obviously, many of the teams attempting to trade up are targeting a quarterback. As many as five could hear their names called within the first 10 picks, though the Bengals obviously won’t be one of them.

Will another team attempt to move up ahead of the Bengals to grab Chase? Could the Bengals actually trade down if someone offers them a significant package with a bidding war brewing for quarterbacks?

Heck, could the Bengals look to trade back into the end of Round 1 for someone they value who’s falling unexpectedly?

We’ll find out soon enough, but for now, I’d say the Falcons stand pat and take Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts, paving the way for Chase to be on the board when the Bengals are on the clock.

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