Inside the #Cardinals Draft Room: Part 2— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) June 9, 2023
Incredible insight for fans on how the Cards traded up from 12 to 6 with the #Lions
GM Monti Ossenfort: "What deal do we like better, the Detroit deal or the Vegas deal?"pic.twitter.com/XESHIHBDzG
In the end, the Cardinals, who earlier traded down from the No. 3 pick, traded back up with the Lions. Arizona received the No. 6 and No. 81 picks, while Detroit received No. 12, No. 34 and No. 168.
We don’t know exactly how close Las Vegas general manager Dave Ziegler was to making that deal. Perhaps it would have fallen apart, but clearly there was serious interest by both the Raiders and the Cardinals in a swap.
Had, however, the Cardinals and Raiders made the deal it likely would have looked something like this based on the Detroit deal:
Arizona gets No. 7 and No. 70.
Las Vegas gets No. 12, No. 34.
The Raiders ended up taking Texas Tech edge rusher Tyree Wilson at No. 7 and Alabama defensive tackle Bryon Young at No. 70.
Had this trade been made, of course, would have changed the course of the Raiders’ draft. Had they had the No 12 and No. 34 picks, what would the picks would have been?
My best best guess is they would have taken cornerback Christian Gonzalez at No. 12. He fell all the way to the No. 17 pick by the New England Patriots.
The Raiders could have then packaged No. 34 and No. 38 and move back in the 14-15 range in the first round. Had they kept the No. 34 pick, they very, very likely would have taken Michael Meyer there. The Raiders traded up from No. 38 to take the Notre Dame tight end at No. 35. I would think they would have taken a defensive lineman to make up for not getting Wilson and Young at No. 38.
Perhaps Notre Dame’s edge rusher Isaiah Foskey (he went at No. 40 to New Orleans) or LSU edge rusher BJ Ojulari (Arizona, No. 41) would have been options.
Look, the crazy thing about the draft is what ifs happen almost at every pick. The course of the draft order could change dramatically at any time and almost trades would have turn the draft on its ear.
This probably wasn’t Las Vegas’ only almost draft trade, but it’s fascinating to wonder what may have happened.
Do you wish the Raiders traded down with the Cardinals?
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Yes, we would have gotten more ammo
No, I’m cool with the way the draft went