There has been a lot of panic surrounding the lack of draft picks the Raiders have in the upcoming draft. As we all know, draft picks can be extremely valuable. Who knows if you're going to fins the next diamond in the rough? As a sports fan, the draft has always been my favorite time of year. I LOVE prospects. Researching young players is such an exciting thing to do. I'm a little bummed out that I won't be able to do that as much this year, but I'm not disappointed because I believe that the Raiders have gotten a lot in return for these traded draft picks. I saw the following on twitter:
1st- Carson Palmer - Despite the hefty price tag (2013 1/2 conditional pick), I love the addition of Palmer. I truly believe he could be a monster in our system. He could also fail miserably, but that's the risk with any player.
2nd- Joe Barksdale/Taiwan Jones - I loved the Barksdale pick. 3 year starting LT from the SEC, count me in! He's been playing very well lately too... And who isn't excited for Taiwan Jones?
3rd- Terelle Pryor - Picking Pryor with a 3rd round pick is appropriate. He is a project and I look forward to see what Hue can do with him. Palmer is an excellent 3 year bridge for him too.
4th- Jason Campbell - I love Campbell and feel awful for him. This is a sad way for him to end his tenure as a Raider. That being said, if I had to do this over I'd give up this 4th round pick for him in a heartbeat.
7th- Aaron Curry - This is the opposite of the Palmer trade. Extremely low risk move here. Moving a 7th round pick and a conditional 4/5 for a 25 year old former 4th overall pick is a no brainer.
I'm pretty happy with this crop of players. What are your thoughts on this? Did the Raiders screw up massively by shipping out these picks or are they in a good spot?