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Silver minings: Could the Raiders draft Tua Tagovailoa?

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Rumors swirl that Las Vegas might take a swing at the Alabama quarterback

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You’ve probably heard every rumor by now, right? Well, with the draft quickly approaching, you’re likely going to hear every possible rumor imaginable between now and Thursday night. There may be some you like, and there may be some that you hate.

Here’s a rumor that’s bound to get people talking. According to Ben Standig of The Athletic, the Raiders could potentially take a swing at Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa if he falls past the sixth pick.

If Tagovailoa drops below six, one connected source believes the Las Vegas Raiders could sniff trade-up scenarios. Jon Gruden likes his quarterbacks, and it’s not certain Derek Carr or Marcus Mariota remain on the roster beyond 2020.

With quarterback not being a position of need, it’s tough to see the Raiders taking a chance early in the draft on an injury-riddled prospect like Tagovailoa, regardless of how high his upside is.

I’ll propose this question for everyone to vote on, in case this is a scenario that might happen.


If Tua falls and is on the board at No. 19, would you be OK if the Raiders drafted him?

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On to other Raiders’ news links:

  • posted the latest mock drafts from some of the top NFL Draft experts, here is what their latest guesses were on who the Raiders will take:

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN:

No. 12: C.J. Henderson

No. 19: Jordan Love

Todd McShay, ESPN:

No. 12: CeeDee Lamb

No. 19: Antoine Winfield Jr.

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network:

No. 12: Jerry Jeudy

No. 19: A.J. Terrell

Bucky Brooks, NFL Network:

No. 12: Jerry Jeudy

No. 19: Patrick Queen

Lance Zierlein, NFL Network:

No. 12: Jerry Jeudy

No. 19: A.J. Terrell

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports:

No. 10 (trade with CLE): Jerry Jeudy

No. 19: Jeff Gladney

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report:

No. 12: Henry Ruggs

No. 19: Xavier McKinney