The Las Vegas Raiders will be addressing several key positions in the 2020 NFL draft. Wide receiver and linebacker come to mind, but would they trade draft picks to land game-changingÂ talent?
Dane Brugler of The Athletic recently released a mock with trades, and one, in particular, that will stand out: Brugler gives a scenario where general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden make a deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther would certainly be salivating if this were to become a reality in April:
Las Vegas Raiders receive:
2020 first-round pick (No. 8 overall)
Arizona Cardinals receive:
2020 first-round pick (No. 12 overall)
2020 third-round pick (No. 80 overall)
2020 fifth-round pick
Why would Raiders DC Guenther be ecstatic?
Because the Raiders would presumably execute such a trade to land linebacker Isaiah Simmons. The beset defensive shot caller would finally have some talent to work with after having to rely on stop gap solutions.
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In that same article, Brugler points out Simmons is a franchise type player to many:
“Watching the Raiders on defense last year, Simmons is the playmaker they are missing. A versatile talent, he is a four-down playmaker who can blitz, cover and stop the run. It is unlikely that Simmons makes it to the No. 12 pick, but if he is still available with the eighth pick, this is a move that makes too much sense for Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock.”
On the other hand, the Raiders also have a glaring need at wide receiver, which could also be addressed with that eighth overall pick.
Let us know what you think Raider Nation, do you want Simmons at #8?
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8 thoughts on “Raiders trade on draft day can pay off”
I would love this trade.
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Coming from Silver and black pride. Com A site that is slowly dying and we all need a new home to have open Raiders discussions.
We’re working on it Kevin
I think a better trade would be to use the second 1st rounder and a later pick to move down a few spots in the first. Pick up a second round pick.
Excited to see what Mayock has up his sleeve this yr.
I can’t believe moving up four spots costs a 3rd and a 5th? Dodn’t reggie mckenzie trade down out of a top ten pick for a team picking a QB and we only got a 4th or something? That just seems very expensive, but when I talk about trading down for a true ftanchise-changing talent in Burrow everyone complains about the cost. Simmons is not an easy fit. He looks like a safety. Burrow is going to be a top 3 QB in the NFL for the next 12 seasons or so. The risk-reward ratio highly favors paying the short term costs for Burrow now while reaping the long term bennies for the next dozen seasons.
It’s a tough row to hoe, getting Simmons would be a boon for sure but losing that 2nd 1st rounder would hurt really bad since we don’t have a 2nd rounder to cushion the blow.
We’d also be losing 2 much needed picks to shore up key positions as well.
I really wish this was the year we had three 1st rounders.
To expensive for just 4 spots. We must keep our draft positions and look to fill the holes with the best players available. WR, LB, DE and a future QB.