|Raiders likely to deal number 3 pick -- Fri Mar 1 10:00 pm --|
Oakland looking at every angle heading into the draft
|This time of year, of course Geno Smith interests the Raiders. They're also contemplating pass-rushing outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. And run-stuffing defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Sharrif Floyd. And burner receiver Marquise Goodwin. And offensive tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher. Linebacker Manti Te'o? Sure, why not? Put it this way - the Raiders are doing their due diligence and looking at every conceivable possibility. But as one NFL source told me at the Senior Bowl, the Raiders' most likely and logical move is to trade down from the No. 3 spot. ... [Showing] "interest" in Smith could be akin to general manager Reggie McKenzie building up interest, and thus, trade value, in said No. 3 pick. (CSN Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: The Raiders have a number of pressing needs. Though Carson Palmer put together a solid year, he's a good-but-not-great 33-year-old quarterback on a team that is still at least a couple years away from being a contender. There have been rumors abound that Oakland will give Terrelle Pryor a shot next season, but the Raiders may opt to go a different route and take a chance on Geno Smith in this year's draft.