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NFL Draft 2020: Raiders trade down with Patriots, add a pick

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A 3-for-2 swap between Las Vegas and New England.

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The Las Vegas Raiders made a trade on the second night of the 2020 NFL Draft, trading down to add a pick. The Raiders sent their third- and fifth-round picks, Nos. 91 and 159 overall, to the Patriots, and received three picks in return.

Las Vegas got picks 100 (supplemental third round), 139 (supplemental fourth round), and 172 (fifth round) from New England.

It’s not necessarily a surprise that the Raiders made a trade, though maybe it’s a little unexpected that a deal didn’t come until the second day of the draft. General manager Mike Mayock told reporters Thursday that the Raiders could have moved down out of the 19th pick in the first round, but didn’t want to risk losing cornerback Damon Arnette, their pick out of Ohio State.

“We did not initiate any calls but we had a bunch of calls tonight from teams who wanted to move up at different times for specific players,” Mayock said Thursday. “We probably could’ve moved down if we wanted to at 19 but, again, we hung in there and took the guy we wanted to take.”

Bill Belichick and the Patriots went on to draft UCLA tight end Devin Asiasi with the 91st pick acquired from the Raiders.