The poll is still open and the voting is going strong. Our choices were — no trades were allowed — LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Ohio State pass-rusher Chase Young, Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah, Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Of course, this was simply an exercise in dreams. The Raiders don’t have the No. 1 pick and very likely won’t pursue it. But perhaps the Raiders could try to make a trade into the top five.
If they were to make that move, the targeted players could be Okaduh or Simmons. Still, it’s unlikely the Raiders will get that bold because of the cost.
A move to Okudak could require a move into the top three and Simons could be gone at No. 4.
But for the argument of this exercise, let’s say the Raiders limit is the fifth pick for either player.
What would be the cost?
Probably the No. 12 pick and two of the third-round picks.
Yes, it would be a steep price. But if the Raiders could get Simons and a receiver at No. 19, it would be a good haul.
Of course, the Raiders would only have three more picks, in the third, fourth and fifth rounds. So, the overall class would be small, but they’d get a star. I’m not advocating this deal, just putting it out here.
There’s certainly pros and cons to this trade up, but the chance to get a top player always has to be considered.