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2013 NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders Gathering Trade-Down Opportunities

Jerry Lai- USA Today Sports

With the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders draft slot is gaining lots of attention. According to the NFL Network, Oakland is receiving a large amount of interest from teams trying to trade up.

Making a move to trade down makes a lot of sense for a Raiders roster that is short on depth and has an inadequate amount of draft choices, with just one throughout the first 65 selections. As of now, the teams reported to have shown interest have been: Detroit Lions (No.5), Cleveland Browns (No. 6), Arizona Cardinals (No. 7) and the Miami Dolphins (No. 12).

Who the Raiders are truly targeting still seems to be a mystery. Cornerback D.J. Hayden‘s name has popped up a couple of  times over the past two weeks. According to ProFootballTalk, the Raiders could be looking into trading down to take Hayden. Many draft boards have Hayden ahead of Dee Milliner as the draft’s top CB.

How legit this report happens to be is uncertain, but rumors are rumors. Oakland has been determined to be a likely landing spot for DT Sharrif Floyd or OT Lane Johnson. With the team’s biggest needs being DT, RT and DE, it seems that the Raiders should have a vast amount of options.

Talks that the Browns are looking to jump into the top three has heated up considerably this morning. The NFL Network stated today that Cleveland wants to move ahead of Detroit and the Philadelphia Eagles to take a pass rusher in Ziggy Ansah, Dion Jordan or Barkevious Mingo.

There is also buzz building that QB Geno Smith could be a target for Cleveland at three. A move like that would certainly draw some “Ooooo’s” from Chris Berman.

Drawing legit interest from the Browns is just what Oakland needed to get the best possible trade value for their draft pick. The mix of interest in a pass rusher and a QB should draw teams valuing the same players.

At this point, it is very viable to see Oakland demanding a first and a second rounder for the third overall pick. One thing is for sure — Raiders fans should trust GM Reggie McKenzie. He has made a slew of progressive moves so far this off-season, and today should continue that trend.

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