Raiders out of first round . . . for now


As it stands, the Raiders won’t have a draft pick in the first round for the first time since 1989.

However, as Steve Corkran writes in today’s Bay Area News Group papers, owner Al Davis has a history of trading up and it wouldn’t be shocking if he were to package draft picks to get into the first round Thursday night if there is a player on the board he wants.

And here’s a move that is strictly conjecture on my part but so very Raider _ swinging a deal with the New England Patriots to get the 17th pick back that was surrendered in the trade for defensive tackle Richard Seymour.

Oakland is an active trade partner with New England, including dealing up to get Mario Henderson, trading Randy Moss for a fourth-round pick and dealing Doug Gabriel to New England for a draft pick.

Teams are now free to make trades with players after Judge Susan Nelson’s injunction which at least temporarily ends the lockout. Owners may want to wait until an appeal is heard, but it’s not like Davis hasn’t broken ranks before. Even if Davis doesn’t want to use players, he can package draft picks from this year’s draft or future drafts, although the latter scenario is somewhat risky given there is no guarantee of a draft in future years.

If Oakland were to move up, my guess for a target would be Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith, a long and lean press coverage corner who has some issues but could be an instant replacement for Nnamdi Asomugha, expected to depart in free agency.

It will be interesting to see if any teams begin making offers to Asomugha in light of the injunction. Not doing so would risk a collusion charge.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • DKnight007

    87.YoungAmerican Says:
    April 26th, 2011 at 10:52 am
    The Raiders definitely need more offensive firepower. A second pass-catching TE will help Hue stretch the field horizontally. He loves those multiple TE sets.

    I don’t think there will be a WR drafted high, but I also don’t see the Raiders will be bringing in any veterans. I just think that Greg Little will be able to step in immediately and pay huge dividends for the offense. He won’t be some “project” guy who needs extra attention like DHB does. IF he’s there at #48 – and with his stock rising, that’s becoming a big if – it could be a home-run pick at a tremendous value.

    I agree. If Greg Little is their for the Raiders to pick at #48 (which I doubt he will be) they should take him and then draft O-Line in Round 3, then OLB or TE in Round 4, then CB or S Mana Silva in Round 5. Then get a DT, or another CB in Round 6.

  • RaiderRetribution

    new post only two comments made so far

  • irjonny

    playoffs shouldn’t be the goal. that’s what got cable fired. he had the team focused on division wins. we need to aim for super bowl and to do that we have to beat colts, jets, patriots etc. can we do that with a mediocre run defense? yes. can we do that with mediocre pass offense? not likely. simple as that to me. it’s a pretty loud trend in the nfl. passing = titles

  • DKnight007

    irjonny Says:
    April 26th, 2011 at 10:47 am
    casey mathews would be a plug and play player day one. with groves and wimbley in rotation would be a no brainer even in rnd 3 in my opinion if the draft goes that way.

    I agree….they need to get Casey Matthews in Round 3 IF he is still there!

    He won’t fall to the Raiders in Round 4. No way.