Thursday, April 28, 2011
Is Oakland ready to join first-round party?
By Bill Williamson
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Oakland Raiders -- the only team in the NFL without a first-round pick Thursday night -- want to get back into the round.
Owner Al Davis and coach Hue Jackson have both indicated in the past that they could be open to moving up. Once we get to the 25-32 range, there should be a few potential trade partners for Oakland. If the Raiders see a falling offensive lineman, cornerback or quarterback, I could see the Raiders trying to move up. But the price could be their second and third-round picks (No. 48 and No. 81). That is fairly steep, considering their next pick isn’t until 113.
But Jackson said last week that the Raiders don’t have a lot of needs. So if they think they can get an immediate contributor, the Raiders should consider getting back into the first round.
Oakland traded the No. 17 pick to New England for defensive lineman Richard Seymour in 2009. The Raiders have had a first-round pick every year since 1989, including 2005 when it traded back into the round after using its pick to acquire Randy Moss. Maybe we’ll see a repeat Thursday night.