2013 Draft: Raiders looking to move down; OTs could go 1-2-3
Oakland's preference is to slide down from No. 3, but not out of the top 10, to continue the overhaul that GM Reggie McKenzie promised when he was hired in 2012. If the Raiders find a trade partner, don't be surprised if offensive tackles are drafted 1-2-3.
A betting man would be wise to invest in the Oakland Raiders being the first team to trade down in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Multiple reports, including the most recent by Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, link the Raiders and GM Reggie McKenzie to trade-down possibilities. It's no surprise they're speeding down that avenue. McKenzie's rebuilding effort will occur on a steep incline with no second-round pick as payment for now-former Oakland QB Carson Palmer. The Raiders entered Thursday with three picks in the top 100, and three in the bottom 50: 3, 66, 100, 172, 205, 209, 219.
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Here are the prime suspects who might covet the No. 3 pick:
Philadelphia (fourth overall): The Eagles go up one spot, get OT Lane Johnson, and offer the Raiders the certainty of knowing DT Sharrif Floyd or CB Dee Milliner will be available.
Arizona (seventh overall): Levi Brown isn't a left tackle, and Palmer doesn't want to be the crash-test case behind 2012 fourth-round pick Bobby Massie. If the Cardinals stay at No. 7, they can still find impact blockers -- OGs Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack and right tackle D.J. Fluker are top-12 players on NFLDraftScout.com's board -- but a premium left tackle would be worth rolling the dice for first-year GM Steve Kiem and coach Bruce Arians.
San Diego (11th overall): Stunningly, the Chargers lost Jared Gaither and did nothing to improve an offensive line that had more leaks than Grandpa (sorry, 95 has its drawbacks). Mike McCoy might be of the mind to resurrect Philip Rivers -- but not without better pass protection.
Our experts envision the Raiders taking either BYU's Ziggy Ansah -- who could last to No. 7 -- an offensive tackle or Floyd.
The cost for teams to get to No. 3?
To move from No. 4 to third and draft Trent Richardson in 2012, the Browns gave up the fourth overall pick as well as fourth-, fifth- and seventh-rounders. That's a haul that McKenzie would welcome.
For more NFL draft news and analysis, follow Jeff Reynolds on Twitter at @ReynoldsJD.
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