The 2024 NFL Draft is just days away, on Thursday, April 25. Over the next few days, I’ll be looking at moves to consider before the draft. Today, I’m looking at five players I’d seek to trade as the draft approaches. These are players I think could have their snap shape impacted by draft selections.

Aidan O’Connell, Las Vegas Raiders

About: O’Connell was a surprise starter of 10 games in 2023. He took over for Jimmy Garoppolo and did fairly well. He finished 5-5, completing 62.1 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He could get a shot again in 2024. In fact, despite the team adding Gardner Minshew on a two-year, $25 million deal, many sites have O’Connell listed as the starter. I’m not so sure. Additionally, I think the Raiders are still in play for a quarterback. Though perhaps not in Round One, I could see the Raiders making a play for Bo Nix or Michael Penix, and if that happens, that puts O’Connell’s future in even more jeopardy. Others still believe O’Connell will be the starter in 2024. If I can find someone who believes, I’m moving him before the draft. Whether it’s Minshew or a rookie, I think the Raiders are looking for answers at quarterback beyond O’Connell.

Zack Moss, Cincinnati Bengals

About: I get the case for Moss. He had a strong season for the Colts, rushing for 794 yards and five touchdowns, serving as the lead back while Jonathan Taylor was out early in the season. From Week 2 to Week 8, as he led the charge, Moss averaged 17.9 points per game as RB4. He continued to contribute, though not as much, as Taylor returned. Now, he goes to a good situation in Cincinnati. Last season, Joe Mixon was RB6, owing to great volume even without great efficiency. When the Bengals signed Moss, Mixon became expendable. Now, he’s set to lead the backfield. So, why is he on the trade list? I still like Chase Brown, but I also think the Bengals are in line to add a player in the backfield. Moss will have good value, but those chasing him as an RB1 are likely to be disappointed. I’m happy to sell high and pick up some draft picks.

Rashee Rice, Kansas City Chiefs

About: Rice had a great rookie season. He finished as WR27, catching 79 passes for 938 yards and seven touchdowns. He seemed poised to lead the receiving group in Year Two. But it hasn’t been a good off-season. Rice is embroiled in a criminal case. We don’t know the outcome yet, but it’s nearly certain he’ll face something of a suspension. It’s also certain this case is becoming a distraction for a Chiefs team that has won two straight Super Bowls and is looking for more. The team added Marquise Brown this off-season and could well take a receiver in the draft. Travis Kelce remains the top passing game option for the Chiefs as well. It’s April with a few days before the draft. The Chiefs don’t have to make a move now. But if the team makes a trade for a receiver—as has been rumored—or grabs a player earlier, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Rice released or traded, too. For those who have him Top 24, I’m selling at this point while you can still get a good return.

Josh Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers

About: The Chargers have lost a lot out of the receiver room this off-season. Mike Williams was released and is now a Jet. Keenan Allen was traded and is now a Bear. While Quentin Johnston returns after a middling rookie year, Palmer might be the best veteran receiver for the Chargers. So, why sell him now? It’s a new regime, and I am not sold. Palmer remains a value for the Chargers. I think the team will add passing game weapons in the draft, is moving to a more run-heavy scheme, and will work to get more out of Johnston. Palmer is a fine complimentary piece, but I’d rather move on at this point and focus on players that have a high upside.

Khalil Shakir, Buffalo Bills

About: I feel like I’ve ridden a roller-coaster with Shakir this off-season. I liked the way he ended 2023, picking up his production as the season ended. He caught 38 passes for 611 yards and two touchdowns. With Gabe Davis gone, he seemed in a position to take a step forward in 2024. Then, the team signed veteran Curtis Samuel. That left some questions. Then they traded Stefon Diggs to the Texans, and it again seemed like Shakir could benefit. So, why trade him now? The Bills seem like a team primed to snag a receiver in the first two rounds. That still doesn’t rule out Shakir as a contributor, but the Bills found something late in 2023 by moving to a more run-heavy offense. In addition, the team has Dalton Kincaid, Dawson Knox, and Samuel already in the passing mix, along with James Cook out of the backfield. Add in a rookie receiver, and it’s fair to wonder how many targets are available. There are still true believers in Shakir, and, at this point, I’d rather earn back some draft capital.

Matthew Fox is a die-hard NFL fan and Broncos’ homer. He’s a member of the FSWA. You can find more from him on Twitter @knighthawk7734 or as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a part of the Campus2Canton Network.

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