After trading down to select DJ Hayden in the 2013 NFL Draft, much has been made about Reggie McKenzie’s potential strategy as he heads into the NFL Draft in what is a pivotal year for an Oakland Raiders team looking to bring in players of the future to learn from a strong cast of new veterans in 2014.
Now with the NFL Draft nearing next week the rumors and debates are heating up. Will McKenzie opt to trade down from #5? Which players will be available? Who will potentially want to be a trade partner with the Raiders?
NFL.com’s Gil Brandt suggests that Reggie McKenzie may wish to make 2014 a repeat of last year and trade down, especially considering the likelihood of a Godfather offer from a contender wishing to move up to #5 (say like the Lions or Niners like everyone is suggesting these days).
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 29, 2014
There will be elite talent available by the time the Raiders turn to pick rolls around even if standouts Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins are selected there will be a decent list of prospects who may be too good for McKenzie to pass up on with a trade down. If any trade is to happen, expect the Raiders to stay in the Top 15 making deals with teams in the late picks like the Niners unlikely trade candidates unless they will offer a package that McKenzie simply could not refuse.