The NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, and there will undoubtedly be a number of blockbuster trades that light up the first round.
A cluster of teams picking in the middle of day one will be looking to move up to snag one of the top QB's available, whilst others without that need may look to trade down and accumulate further picks on day two.
The majority of deals that go down will only include picks, but there is the potential for teams looking to clear cap space to find trade partners seeking established players to fill a certain need on their roster.
With that in mind, here are five players who could find themselves at the centre of a potential draft day trade.
Earl Thomas III, Seattle Seahawks
The All Pro safety's future in Seattle has been a major talking point this offseason. Thomas issued a 'come and get me' plea to the Cowboys back in December, and his exit was almost expected given the departure of former 'Legion of Boom' leader Richard Sherman last month.
John Schneider would reportedly be after a second and fourth round pick in return for Thomas according to ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton who claims it will be 'Dallas or nothing' in terms of a trade for the star free safety.
The Cowboys have ample cap space to make a deal for the ballhawking playmaker and could really do with an impactful leader in their secondary. Jerry Jones has ten picks at his disposal, so giving up two in exchange for a player of Thomas' stature would certainly be worthwhile.
Ereck Flowers, New York Giants
Flowers has struggled throughout his career in New York since being selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft.
The tackle hasn't shown up for the team's voluntary workouts this offseason, and would be an ideal candidate for the Giants to move on from in exchange for a mid to late round pick.
Flowers was originally drafted as a right tackle out of Miami, but injuries have forced him to line up on the left for much of his career thus far. It's a role he's never quite fit into and after Nate Solder was brought in from the Patriots this offseason, it's a role that is likely no longer his.
Dave Gettleman could save around $4 million in cap space by trading his left tackle, and there would certainly be a market for him. The Colts, Broncos and Seahawks could be intriguing potential destinations for Flowers.
Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers
Armstead has been a major disappointment in his three years in the Bay. The former first-round pick has contributed just six sacks and 31 tackles in 30 games for the niners and is unlikely to contribute in any major way in 2018.
His size and athleticism will appeal to other teams that need help along their D-Line though and the niners could look to draft a younger pass rusher who better fits their new 4-3 scheme.
The Chiefs and Titans make sense for Armstead, particularly given his affordability going into the fourth year of his rookie deal.
Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts
Brissett proved his worth as one of the best backup QB's in the league in 2017, starting all 16 of the Colts' games in Andrew Luck's absence. The former-Patriot threw for 3098 yards, 13 touchdowns and just seven picks, piloting a limited offense in composed fashion.
He also added 260 yards and four TD's on the ground, and his performances have peaked teams' interests this offseason already. The Colts reportedly turned down two trade offers for their backup over the past two months and it is known that they have a high price on Brissett.
However, with Luck seemingly confident of returning to his best in 2018, and a flurry of QB needy teams around, the Colts could drop their asking price in return for a mid-round pick come draft night.
They have already begun accumulating picks after dealing with the Jets to move out of the third overall selection, and could even draft a young signal caller on day three if they add more picks.
Mike White of Western Kentucky and Toledo's Logan Woodside could be available for them in round six or seven and there is some value in shifting Brissett on in return for a mid-rounder that could contribute immediately on defense.
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