According to Albert Breer in Monday’s MMQB on SI.com, the Las Vegas Raiders are among a handful of teams he’s heard about wanting to trade down in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. As of now, the Raiders hold the 12th and 19th overall picks in the first round, with the latter selection being the one they acquired from the Chicago Bears in the Khalil Mack trade. Vegas does not have a second round pick because they sent it back to Chicago in that same deal.
It’s no secret that the Lions are open for business with the third pick. And they’re not alone. Early word is this year’s draft is no different than most—with more teams near the top willing to move down than up. The Jaguars are another team that’s kicked around the idea of moving down. The Raiders too, a team that could well be looking to replace the second-rounder they lost this year, with the final pieces in the Khalil Mack trade finally in play.
Raiders GM Mike Mayock may feel more comfortable in moving down from 12 because he has pick 19. He may also be able to move down from pick 19, though that could give Vegas less of an opportunity to recoup a 2020 second rounder, depending on the deal. It’s anyone’s guess as to who would want to trade up, but the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, and Seattle Seahawks all possess multiple second round picks.
The Colts don’t have a first round pick because of the DeForest Buckner trade, so from 12 to 34, Indy’s first pick in the second round, would be a significant fall down. From 19 to 34, less so. Indy’s other second rounder is pick 44.
The Seahawks never trade up.
The Texans sent their first round pick to the Dolphins.
Miami have no motivation to move, having three first round picks already.
Perhaps the Ravens, who hold picks 28, 55, and 60.
The Minnesota Vikings hold two first round picks and pick 58 in the second round.