05/06/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

NFL Draft A Swap Meet With Record 33 Trades

The AP reports the NFL Draft this year was a veritable swap meet with teams making a record 33 trades over Saturday and Sunday:

One thing about an NFL draft with this many trades: There were that many players that teams just simply had to have.

This year, more than ever, teams were willing to make aggressive moves to jump the line and snag the player they really wanted. A record 33 trades were made Saturday and Sunday as NFL teams tried to assemble winning rosters for the 2008 season and beyond.

"It's not something you go in saying 'We have to do something' for the sake of doing it," St. Louis player personnel director Billy Devaney said. "As the draft unfolds, that's going to dictate what your approach is going to be."

The first player to inspire a move up was defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, whom New Orleans moved up from No. 10 to take seventh overall. One day, almost 14 hours and 32 deals later, the Saints made the draft's last deal, too, moving up to take Michigan wide receiver Adrian Arrington with the 237th pick.

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