Raiders' McKenzie could trade down again this year

Raiders' McKenzie could trade down again this year
May 8, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Reggie McKenzie has a history of trading down in the draft, doing so four times in two drafts as Raiders general manager. (AP IMAGES)

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Raiders general manage Reggie McKenzie is open to moving down from the No. 5 overall pick.

The team has reportedly been listening to offers to trade out of that pick in an effort to gain more selections later in the draft.

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NFL sources have indicated the obvious, that McKenzie would like to increase his volume of picks, which includes draft spots in the first four rounds and three in the seventh.

The No. 5 pick is certainly his most valuable commodity. The Raiders have decided at this point which players are worth that selection. Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack and South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney -- though he’ll never make it to No. 5 – top that list.

It is believed that Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is in that exclusive club as well. There are other quality options typically not a part of the perceived top five -- Pitt's Aaron Donald or Texas A&M's Mike Evans, among them -- if the Raiders don’t receive a trade offer worthy of bailing out.

Given the uncertainty in the top four and the dynamic abilities of Watkins, Mack and obviously Clowney that could take them all off the board before No. 5, it’s a real possibility that the Raiders will trade down in Thursday’s first-round of the NFL draft.

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McKenzie has a history of doing so, trading down four times in two drafts as Raiders general manager.

There is plenty of top talent in the first round of this draft, meaning the Raiders could pick up quality and quantity at the same time. Trading down, however, is always a gamble. The player you want may be selected before you’re on the clock.

McKenzie traded down from No. 3 overall and still got his guy, cornerback D.J. Hayden, at No. 12. If players the Raiders consider elite are taken, the Raiders could certainly trade down again.