Raiders consider trading up for the pass rusher
In case you go take a look at the myriad to make fun of drafts around this month, you can all find a fair share of them which have the Raiders doing something absurd trading up to the first pick general and taking Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray. That’ s the very associated with clickbait, and while I wouldn’t by any means put it past Jon Gruden to do that, I find it highly improbable.
But the prospect of the Raiders investing up is one I find more likely. For much of last time of year, the Raiders had one of the most severe records in football and had been pegged in many very early model drafts to have the number one pick general and take Nick Bosa. This individual was the top prospect then plus, despite his injury, has done absolutely nothing to dissuade anyone of the idea that he’ s the top complete rusher in this draft. There’s been plenty of speculation around right here the Raiders could trade straight down, but not so much about trading upward, as the Raiders had too many openings to fill. Is that really accurate anymore, after free agency?
Trading up is really a plausible scenario for the Raiders. 1st is the fact that the team drafting 2nd overall, the 49ers, has taken 3 defensive linemen in the past four breezes, and signed Dee Ford recently. Do they really want to take one more lineman, or would they instead trade out for more draft funds and fill some of their needs upon offense, such as receiver where they have got essentially nothing?
The second fact is the Raiders need a premier pass rusher more than anyone else in the draft, and also have more ammunition to move up compared to any other team in the draft. Whenever we assume the draft goes such as we think without any trades, then Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa would be the top two projected players from the board. That leaves Josh Allen and Quinnen Williams for the Aircraft to choose from. Would the Raiders end up being comfortable taking whoever is remaining? Williams might be the best overall gamer in the draft and is no consolation prize, but there’s no guarantee that the Raiders could get another premier edge rusher even later in the first circular. Montez Sweat, Brian Burns plus Clelin Ferrell could all end up being off the board.
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