Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie took to the podium this past Thursday to address the media about the team’s plans for the upcoming draft. It was the typical stuff that you would expect to hear from a team a week away from the draft. “There are some good players in this draft. The depth, I would say it ranks up there. You draft for the future. You don’t draft for right now.”
However McKenzie did give us a little insight into where the Raiders thoughts are even though he did not specifically call anything out. The first thing he said that caught my ear was when he was asked about trading down the number five pick:
“I am open to everything. Whether I stay at that pick, it’s all going to depend on who is calling, where you are moving, who is there when you are picking. There are so many variables. I cannot say what I am going to do without a doubt right now.”
Every one has been so concerned with the Raiders picking up Sammy Watkins with their fifth pick but now it seems like the Raiders are open to moving. With teams like Atlanta (#6 pick) and Detroit (#10 pick) looking to move up the draft, this can make things very interesting for the Raiders.
If Atlanta trades up to the Raiders slot, the Raiders would still be able to get a big time playmaker if Sammy Watkins is not there. Texas A&M’s Mike Evans is a more than comparable receiver. If the Raiders move down to #10 and it was an even pick, they could pick up Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or even QB Derek Carr.
As McKenzie said he’s open to everything. We won’t really know what the Raiders will do once the other teams have made their picks but if they plan to trade down, it’s not as dire as it may seem.