Los Angeles Rams are an interesting trade partner for the Las Vegas Raiders
By Brad Weiss
Las Vegas Raiders general manager MikeMayock wants to get into the second round, and he could find a partner in the Los Angeles Rams.
It is no real secret that the Las Vegas Raiders would like to move their way into the second round, and they have the draft capital to do just that. For the second straight year, the Silver and Black hold multiple first round picks, and after drafting with all three selections in 2019, they may decide to move one later this month.
Currently, the Raiders hold the No. 12 and No. 19 overall picks in the first round, but then do not draft again until pick No. 80 in the third round. With needs on both sides of the ball, the Raiders could choose to stand pat, addressing two needs in the first round, but trading down may make more sense at this point.
Looking at those teams they could possibly trade for, one team has emerged as one they should get in touch with. The Los Angeles Rams recently traded away Brandin Cooks for another second round pick in 2020, giving them two, but they may be in the market to try and trade up into the first round.
The Rams do not have a first round pick in 2020, or 2021, and after sending some veteran big-name players packing, they are in the process of rebuilding their roster. They are entering a new building, have talent on both sides of the ball to be competitive in the NFC West, but the lack of a first round pick shouldn’t sit well with the organization.
Rams head coach Sean McVay is a former pupil of Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, and they still have a tremendous relationship. If the Raiders trade down in the first round, they could make a move to move that pick to the Rams, bringing back a second round pick, as well as maybe another third rounder as well.
Las Vegas needs to hold on to pick No. 12, as they could be in line to get an explosive playmaker at wide receiver, but pick No. 19 is up for grabs. In fact, they may be able to move down to the mid-20s with that selection, and then send that pick to the Rams for multiple picks.
Mayock desperately wants to get into the second round, where he had great luck last year in drafting Trayvon Mullen from Clemson. The Rams are a team to watch come draft night, and just maybe Mayock and company can swing a deal to give them even more draft capital on Day 2.