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Silver Minings: Las Vegas part of NFL Draft history

They are one of eight teams without a first-round pick this year

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Davante Adams
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There is a major trend NFL trend developing and the Las Vegas Raiders are part of it and are helping make NFL draft history in the process.

As a result of their shocking St. Patrick’s Day trade for All Pro wide receiver Davante Adams, the Raiders are one of eight teams (a quarter of the league) to have traded away their first-round pick in the April 28-30 draft. Las Vegas, which is hosting the draft, sent their first-round pick (No. 22) and their second-round pick (No. 53) to the Green Bay Packers for Adams.

With eight teams now without a first-round draft pick, the 2022 draft is on pace to break the record that was previously set at seven teams without a first-rounder, according to this tweet by the Associated Press:

While not having a first-round pick is not ideal, surely the Raiders are at peace with the fact they are are part of this group. They weren’t getting an Adams-like impact player if they kept the No. 22 pick.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • Looking ahead: Raiders’ star pass-rusher Maxx Crosby is looking at his post-NFL career in podcasting.
  • Option predictions: PFF thinks the Raiders will exercise the fifth-year option of running back Josh Jacobs. The decision has to be made by early May 2.
  • Inside the numbers: The Raiders website looks at key stats of the team’s new receiver additions.
  • Cool talk: The Raiders’ in-house podcast speaks to new coach Josh McDaniels and new general manager Dave Ziegler.