Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and owner Mark Davis on the field before the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft rumors: Oakland Raiders could trade down from no. 5 spot


The Oakland Raiders have a lot of spots to fill on their team, there is not a question about that, any die-hard NFL observer and Raiders fan will tell you as much. With the number five spot in the NFL Draft next week, general manager Reggie McKenzie and owner Mark Davis could make a splash by selecting one of the top collegiate players coming out.

By the time their card is called at number five, there could be any one of the high-profile prospects left. Could Sammy Watkins fall into their lap at five somehow? We know how, traditionally, the Raiders love their speedy deep threats, whether they pan out or not. Could a defensive stud like Buffalo’s Khalil Mack be there to add some depth to the linebacker corps?

Those are just two examples of the possibilities, but then again, what about the Raiders actually fielding and accepting an offer to trade out from their current slot, thus stockpiling picks to help fill the many holes they have on the team?

According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, it’s extremely possible.


Of course the key to that answer is the “deal too sweet to pass up” part right at the end, but with the extra hype it seems that some of the players at the top of the big boards are receiving this year, if one team either in the middle of the pack or the back end are completely smitten with one of the top picks, this scenario could play out and would be a no-brainer for Oakland.

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  • Chris Schroeder

    I was really happy with the acquisitions they made in free agency. I’m not so sure they have “a lot” of holes to fill anymore as I am pretty sure they fill several of those holes through free agency. However, Reggie McKenzie is a smart guy and won’t mortgage the future of the franchise on one player who may or may not make it as a first round pick. I think he will end up trading down most likely with the Buccaneers at 7 but then again it all has to do with who is remaining on the board by the time number five rolls around, and how eager some of the other teams are to trade.

  • Raider Grant

    Look for McKenzie to trade down, but not below 13 as we may be able to still land top o/d linemen or top tier wide receiver. Then again who knows with Reggie??????

  • Raider Grant

    McKenzie smart guy & wouldn’t mortgage future of franchise on player who may or may not make it as first round pick????? Did he learn lesson from last year? As jury still out on Hayden!

  • Angel

    Just don’t miss the pick….. I mean, let our time expire like I think it was the Vikings did that one year. Was it back to back too?? Anyway, don’t!