NFL Draft: Raiders May Look to Trade Down From No. 3 Pick

Jan 10, 2012; Alameda, CA, USA; Reggie McKenzie at press conference to announce his hiring as Oakland Raiders general manager at the Oakland Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders own the third overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but they may not want to keep it.

According to Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group, the Raiders would like to trade down if possible.

Oakland has been linked most notably to West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, but if they choose to keep Carson Palmer, drafting him this high would seem like a waste.

On Wednesday, GM Reggie McKenzie was scouting quarterback Matt Barkley at USC’s Pro Day. Barkley is projected to be selected in the late first round to early second round, but the Raiders don’t have a pick in that range (are you catching my drift here?).

If you put two and two together, it seems like Oakland may want to trade down from the coveted No. 3 selection in the NFL Draft.

Topics: Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Oakland Raiders

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  • James Holtslander

    Take Geno at three or give Pryor the chance to compete with a later round rookie. Dump Palmer and spend a little on DBs and a O weapons.

  • socal_raidernation

    Pleeeze Reggie, not another ‘SC QB!