By Steve Corkran
Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 9:54 am in Oakland Raiders.
Several reports mention the Raiders as the team being targeted by other teams interested in moving up in the first round of the NFL draft’s first round today so that they can get their hands on Oakand’s No. 3 pick.
It’s important to note that none of the reports cites named sources and that Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie gave no indication Tuesday in a news conference whether he wants out of No. 3.
Of course, it makes sense for teams to call the Raiders because the Raiders are in dire need of adding a slew of players to a roster in the midst of a major overhaul, and not just one top-teir guy.
Teams mentioned as being interested in trading up to No. 3 include the Detroit Lions at No. 5, the Cleveland Browns (No. 6), the Arizona Cardinals (No. 7) and the Miami Dolphins (No. 12).
The thinking goes, the Browns and Lions are high on Brigham Young defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and the Cardinals and Dolphins want to make sure they get one of the three offensive tackles expected to go within the top 10 — Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson.
If the Raiders bite, they surely could recoup a second-round pick, which they are without as a result of the trade for quarterback Carson Palmer in 2011, and possibly more, especially if they get multiple teams vying for the third pick.
McKenzie said he has a pretty good idea on which player the Raiders are going to get at No. 3 if they opt against a trade down. He just might be able to get a comparable player at, say, No. 5, No. 6 or No. 7, as well as one or more additional picks in this year’s draft.
So, let the speculation begin, as the first round nears — it starts at 5 p.m. PDT — and McKenzie’s time for contemplation runs out.