We Trading Down?

The rummours are increasingly starting to circle that the Oakland Raiders are going to trade the number 5 pick in this year’s draft, as more and more stories have started to emerge that their are four top-tier players in this year’s draft and that the number 5 pick potentially misses this bonanza. I don’t, however, buy this philosophy.

The 4 players the media love are Greg Robinson, Clowney, Mack and Sammy Watkins, but this view is short-sighted. Although a very different player to Robinson, Jake Matthews is equally adept, a better pass blocker but at this point not quite so good at run blocking (and vice versa), expanding my initial top-tier talent pool to 5.

Then we have Teddy Bridgewater, an absolutely sublime talent at QB that is being crucified for his non-game performances – glove gate. There is nothing wrong with Teddy B’s talent, yes he’s a little slim but he can easily put on 15 lbs of muscle, the key to this kid is his intelligence and very smooth style. Personally I think this would be a brilliant pick, for any of the top-5, if its us he’d be even better for a year of learning from Matt Schaub. So that’s at least 6 star-caliber players that are available.

Then I’d add a seventh, Jonny Football….need I say anymore on this kid. I don’t love this pick, and would rather we didn’t make it, but he’d certainly make games exciting.



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