The Oakland Raiders hold the 24th overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. With cap space increasing and the big wave of free agency concluded, teams look towards the draft. As a result, some will look into trading up with Oakland. Here and there, speculation swirls around certain teams looking up. Whether they are a player from the playoffs or fulfilling a need, trades will happen. Therefore, here are three teams that could offer Oakland a deal.
Seattle: Amid all of the Seahawks’ success, a brutal truth exists. With all of this sustained excellence comes with two specific issues. First, the window appears to be closing. Granted, Russell Wilson is in his prime. On the other hand, how long can they keep the core together? The point arrives where teams need to rebuild in order to compete.
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Second, Seattle needs to seriously upgrade their offensive line. Russell Wilson is a gamer, but no one endures that punishment for long. Adding Luke Joeckel is not enough to stop defenders from abusing the line. Plus, a tackle like Ryan Ramcyzk, Cam Robinson or Garrett Bolles immediately improves the quality of that offensive line.
Realistic Trade: Seattle sends the 26th pick and their 3rd round selection (90th) for the Raiders first rounder.
Dallas: Sooner or later, Dallas must fix their defense. From their atrocious secondary to spotty linebacker play, the Cowboys need help. With offensive playmakers operating behind an elite offensive line, the Cowboys shouldn’t need to win 37-31 games every week. More importantly, the Cowboys lack a bonafide pass rush threat. And no, Randy Gregory does not count. Presently, the loss to Green Bay stays with Dallas. The Cowboys sent the house at Rodgers to generate an effective rush. Furthermore, a sound pass rush makes every other unit look better. Picture Caleb Brantley or Malik McDowell in the middle, creating nightmares for offenses.
DAL sends 28th and 92nd overall picks to Oakland for the 24th.
New Orleans: The Saints will not contend for a Super Bowl in the near future. Yet, with the right moves, the NFC South is theirs. In a division where the Falcons can’t play defense, the Bucs lack consistency, and the Panthers can’t block, New Orleans could win. Basically, they need defensive help. Drew Brees will walk into the sunset with one last shot at a winner. The linebackers and secondary could make this tough for him. Zach Cunningham, Cordrea Tankersley, and Raekwon McMillan will help New Orleans contain division rivals.
NO sends the 30th, 76th and a 2018 4th rounder to Oakland for the 24 overall selection
By the time the draft rolls around, buzz around specific players increases. With that, teams begin to focus on one or two. Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie loves his draft picks and will accumulate more during this draft. The question remains how.