How the Las Vegas Raiders can move up and draft Joe Burrow

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders looks on during the warm up before the game against the Denver Broncos at RingCentral Coliseum on September 09, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

After an extremely impressive season, everyone in the football world is asking themselves how he or she can get his or her hands on Joe Burrow? Here is how the Las Vegas Raiders can do it.

We’ve reached the time of year where everyone is arguing with each other because there is so much ambiguity involved in the NFL Draft. However, when it comes to this year’s number one overall pick, there is no discourse because it will be LSU quarterback, Joe Burrow.

While he will be long gone by the time the Las Vegas Raiders make their first selection, moving up to get him has to have at least cross the minds of head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock.

Dating back to last year, rumors have swirled about the Raiders’ quarterback of the future and the same question continues to be a focal point of this offseason. If the organization does decide to move on from Derek Carr, going after the guy who set the NCAA record for passing touchdowns in a season, won the Heisman Trophy and National Championship wouldn’t be a bad idea. Of course, as mentioned above, Las Vegas’s draft position is an issue so the following question arises: How?

In order to answer this question, I used the NFL Draft Trade Value Chart and put together a handful of potential transactions to give the Silver and Black enough ammunition – according to the chart – to move up to the number one pick. I also made a few tweaks and assumptions to account for some level of variance which I explain along the way.

No future picks – 2021 and beyond – are included in these scenarios since it is impossible to assign a value to those selections without having any idea of what the draft order will look like.

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