According to the NFL Draft Insider, a trade between the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions “will be considered” if tackles Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher are available. The trade would move the Raiders down to the fifth spot and the Lions up into the third. The move would most likely require Detroit’s third round selection.
With Oakland having a vast amount of holes that need addressing, trading down (especially by only two spots) and earning an extra draft pick makes a lot of sense for a depleted roster.
Rumors currently depict that the Raiders are targeting DT Sharrif Floyd or OT Lane Johnson and that they will take the “surest of the sure” available. With DT and the RT spots being the most prominent needs for the team, it’s a move that takes little risk. It shows that the Raiders staff knows they have numerous options in the first round. Watch out for Star Lotulelei to pop into the discussion as well.
The news comes just one day after CBS Sports reported that Detroit will attempt to trade-down and acquire OG Chance Warmack, or even take him at five — if they can’t trade down. The whole deal revolves around the top two tackles in Joeckel and Fisher.
The Raiders probably have more trade options than any other team in the NFL Draft with the third overall pick. If Joeckel or Fisher just so happen to slip past the Jacksonville Jaguars at two, expect teams to blow up Oakland’s phone-lines on draft day.
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