The Raiders had arguably the best draft of 2014 by picking up LB Khalil Mack and QB Derek Carr – a repeat performance couldn’t hurt.
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Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie stated that he has received calls from other NFL teams asking about their No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft on Thursday.
In an interview with CSN Bay Area, McKenzie said that he has listened to calls from other NFL teams inquiring about the pick, but did not state whether he was seriously considering trading down in the draft without doing the cost-benefit analysis first.
“My phone line is always open,” McKenzie said. “You hear everybody out. If it makes sense and it’s going to help the Raiders, we’ll do a deal.”
There has been a draft day trade in the top four draft picks in each of the last three drafts. In 2012 the Cleveland Browns traded up with the Minnesota Vikings to draft RB Trent Richardson, in 2013 the Miami Dolphins traded up with the Oakland Raiders to draft LB Dion Jordan, and in 2014 the Buffalo Bills traded up with the Cleveland Browns to draft WR Sammy Watkins.
In the 2014 NFL draft, the Raiders had arguably the best draft out of any team. In the first three rounds the Raiders took LB Khalil Mack (No. 5 overall) who finished the season with 75 tackles and 4.0 sacks, QB Derek Carr (No. 36 overall) who started all 16 games for Oakland and is poised to be their QB of the future, and in the third round the Raiders got starting LG Gabe Jackson.
If the Tennessee Titans don’t trade the No. 2 overall pick and don’t draft QB Marcus Mariota, the Raiders could receive significant offers from teams looking to trade up and get Mariota.