As it currently stands, the Oakland Raiders will make their first selection of the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night with the 10th overall pick. But that could change as the Silver & Black ‘really love’ N.C. State’s Bradley Chubb and would consider moving up in the draft to pick him according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic.
After recording back-to-back ten sack seasons, Chubb is widely considered to be the best defensive player in the entire draft.
While general manager Reggie McKenzie has long been hesitant to trade up for players, that could change as Jon Gruden is now running the show after signing a 10-year contract worth $100 million. Gruden never moved up in the first round during his seven-year tenure with the Buccaneers, but he may pull the trigger on a trade if Chubb falls to the fifth or sixth pick.
Using a 2018 NFL Draft trade value chart, it would take approximately the Raiders 10th overall pick, their second rounder, and perhaps a fourth or both fifth round selections to move up five spots to draft Chubb with the 5th overall pick.
Oakland could certainly use those picks, but the prospect of pairing Chubb with Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin is awfully tempting. The combination of Mack and Chubb would give the Raiders one of the best pass rushing duos in the NFL for years to come.
This will be an interesting story to follow on day one of the draft and only adds to the intrigue of what direction the Silver and Black will go in the first round.
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