There have been numerous discussions, some partially stoked by a question asked Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. Here's the link to the article and here is the question and response given by McKenzie:
Q: What are the chances of your trading into the first or second round?
A: "You know what, there's always ways of trading up, trading into, trading back. It's just a matter of what you're willing to give up, or what do you want to receive out of the deal. So, if a team comes to ask for something huge, just to offer me if I want to get into the first round but I got to give them my first born, that's not going to happen."
McKenzie didn't say that he wanted to trade up but, prudently, didn't rule it out either.
However, a look at the trade ammo indicates that it's pretty unlikely.
The Raiders currently have 5 2012 draft picks, 3 of which are compensatory picks. Compensatory picks are not able to be traded.
Therefore, in order to make a trade to go up into the 2nd round, if the Raiders were so inclined, they have 3 trade options that they could combine - their 5th and/or 6th round picks, players currently under contract or future draft picks.
McKenzie has already all but ruled out trading future draft picks, however. In the same article this question was asked next and answered this way:
Q: What's your philosophy of trading future draft picks?
A: "I do not want to trade future picks. Usually, you consider that if it's a future seventh if you need a guy going into the season, something happens. But, I don't like to even consider trading future picks, especially high ones."
So, if we rule out future draft picks as a possibility, that leaves the Raiders 5th and 6th round picks and players under contract. The 5th and 6th round picks don't carry much trade value, so they will not, alone, allow the Raiders to trade into the 2nd round, so it's unlikely that McKenzie would trade them, valuing draft picks as he says he does.
This leaves players on the team. Looking at the roster, there aren't many players that have the right combination of skill and contract value.
Players that would be worth a second round pick or more include Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden, definitely. They might include LT Jared Veldheer or Tyvon Branch. Branch is not, at this time, eligible for a trade as he has not signed his franchise tender and is therefore not under contract.
Even were he not ineligible, it seems unlikely the Raiders would want to trade one of their cornerstone players. Outside of those players there doesn't appear to be any player whose play and contract would bring a 2nd round pick in a trade.
Rolando McClain has potential and a good contract number but his play has been sub-par and his value would probably not be a 2nd rounder at this time.
Stefen Wisniewski would be worth a 2nd rounder after his stellar first season but again, not a player the team would want to give up.
Tommy Kelly is productive but is due $6 million this season - no team will trade for that contract with Kelly's level of pay.
Do you see the issue? There are no expendable players the team would trade that would also net a high draft pick. Therefore, while a player or two may be traded during the draft, it's unlikely that the Raiders will trade up even into the 2nd round.
aww im sorry spartacus i didnt meant to hurt your feelngs and have you resort to scecond grade name calling, i dont thnk its how much you spend on your team but how much faith you have in their capapilities to win because obviously your spending has done nothing to get this team to the post season......anyways happy draft day fellow raider fans.....its gonna be a long few days
You know, trading up in the draft will just come down to value.
If a top player the Raiders love slips into late in the 1st, or early 2nd - they will definitely trade up to get him.
They will only trade up if someone slips down. As in if a top 15 pick is still there at 30. Or a top 32 pick is still there at say 50.......
they will be okay. i have a feeling BigMac will make a move for someone... moving up slightly. he'll strike a deal with a team to get someone like Spence or Chapman... either are sorely needed. yes it may be future draft picks... but a 4th rounder in 2014 to move up into the mid 3r'd to get either one of those guys would be tremendous! i'd be down for something like that. someone you KNOW will have good value and could contribute in some fashion right off the bat. i'd be happy with not having to wait FOREVER for them to pick... late Friday ... ugh...
BUT PALMER IS WORTH IT LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
that would be ridiculous! it would prolong bradys career another 3 or 4 years and with their passing attack, if he stayed healthy, hewould lead the league in rushing and terrorize us for the next 5 years. dont think reggie mac would do that (hope not)
Only a non raider fan would come to a raider fan site and say he thinks that the raiders would trade there star running back to one of the most hated raider fan teams in the NFL.......this guy is a joke! GO BACK TO A NEW ENGLAND BRADYS SITE......you dont see any of us over there hahaahahahahahahahaha
@CameronSherar Not a good picture, dude...You look as bad as you sound. Put your tongue back in your mouth and learn to read. This is a site that people like to throw out different scenarios and ideas. I guarantee that I have spent more money supporting the Raiders than you, a goofball from who knows where...
I love when people like this guy swears we will trade mcfadden this close to the season starting for something as stupid assome picks in the first........trust me when the season comes around you will be seeing number 20 where he belongs in silver and black
The one player I still think the Raiders might part with (if the offer is right), is Darren Mcfadden. The Patriots have (2) late first round picks, and if they offered one of them to McKenzie, for Mcfadden, my money says he makes the trade. McFadden to New England makes perfect sense for the Patriots, as a healthy McFadden would provide one of the deadliest weapons Tom Brady would ever have playing along side him.....And in turn, McKenzie would get a coveted first round pick, and the rebuilding process through the draft, which McKenzie has openly said is his objective, would play out much better into his favor....
They wouldn't trade McFadden for a late first round pick. He's top 5 talent, at his peak.
True, he's had injury problems, but you've got to take the risk on him. He's Adrian Peterson when he's healthy. Probably even more talented
@ChristopherMooney @Raidah You guys are most likely right, in that McFadden won't be traded. But, in the event a team like New England, who has (2) first round picks, dangles one of their first rounders for McFadden, I guarantee you that McKenzie will listen to the offer. McFadden has not proven that he can stay healthy for a season, yet, when he is healthy, he is among the best in the league, which leaves the element of intrigue, especially for teams with late to multiple first round picks. Of course, this is only speculation, as idiots on this site like XRaided (Dark Kush) can't distinguish speculation from reality.....
LOL! yea trade the best player on offense.... to NE no doubt. glad you aren't running the show, as usual. of course he's hurt a lot, but he'll get over it. or wait, if he is injury prone as all hell, why the F would NE give us a 1st rounder? LMFAO
@Spartacus I don't believe there's a chance for that happening. I think McFadden is gonna be given another chance to stay healthy, Reggie will not part with that much talent in one player for an unknown rookie player
Yeah...that's one reason i try to stay away from all of these "fantasy talk" sites! Really, DMC to the Pats for a high first!! LMAO. and hey, why not and with their other first rounder they can bait the Lions to give up MEGATRON!!!! and then with their 2nd rounder they can package Nnamdi and Revis!!! and then, Blah, Blah BLAH!!!