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Giants have the ammo to trade up which would have major implications for Raiders

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Selecting at pick four there will be plenty of attractive options that would fill a position of need for the Raiders. Unfortunately, it seems likely that the top two options (Bosa/Allen) at the biggest position of need, edge rusher, will both be taken off the board in the top three picks of the draft.

Quinnen Williams, who some believe is the second best prospect in the draft, if not the best certainly would be a good consolation prize. Or how does stud middle linebacker Devin White sound? He would be the answer to the void in the middle of the Raiders defense for over a decade.

One other very attractive option that could present itself is a trade down. There are a few quarterback needy teams such as the Giants, Broncos, Dolphins, and Redskins that could be looking to leap frog each other and the Raiders could be big beneficiaries. The Giants are the only one of those teams with a second pick in round one to dangle as trade bait.

Of those four teams the Giants make the most sense as a potential trade partner with the Raiders for many reasons. First, Eli Manning is 38 years old and looks like a shell of his former self, second the Giants have two first round picks to package to get up to four, and finally just a year ago Giants general manager Dave Gettlemen was criticized for passing on Sam Darnold and opting to draft Saquan Barkley.

Most rankings have Dwayne Haskins rated second among quarterbacks behind Kyler Murray. At this point Murray looks to be the pick at first overall to the Cardinals, leaving Haskins as the next most coveted quarterback.

Over the past three drafts there have been 11 quarterbacks drafted in round one, all but one of those quarterbacks (Mayfield) required a trade up to get them. History has shown that when teams want their guy they will do what it takes to secure him.

The best case scenario would be if the Raiders could fleece the Giants for both of their first round picks in return for moving up just two spots. This could be wishful thinking considering the most recent and closest example of this occurred just two years ago when the Bears traded up one spot with the 49ers from three to two and gave up a third and fourth in 2017 and a 2018 third.

The next best scenario would be if the Giants come calling and offer their sixth overall and second round pick (37 overall) at the least, Gruden and Mayock need to be ready to pull the trigger and make this move happen.

The Raiders can move down to pick six and still be in prime position to select a stud pass rusher in Montez Sweat, Brian Burns, or Clelin Ferrell. The additional second round pick would give the Raiders five picks in the top 37.

Another scenario would be Giants trading up ahead of the Raiders for their quarterback. For example with the 49ers at two or the Jets at three. Indirectly, that would benefit the Raiders because in that scenario two quarterbacks going in the top three pushes either Joey Bosa or Josh Allen down to pick four.

Last year Gruden showed willingness to be aggressive moving up and down the board. The Raiders made five draft day trades in 2018. Should they be looking to do maneuver again at pick four, the Giants could be a good trade partner.