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The Oakland Raiders Were Ripped Off In A Draft-Day Trade. Of Course They Were.


The Oakland Raiders had the third pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. They traded it to the Miami Dolphins, who then selected Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan. The Raiders, as you know, suck a lot and have lots of needs, so the fact that they traded the pick was expected by many. Word before the draft was they liked Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden so much, they’d reach heavily for him and pick him at No. 3 if they couldn’t work out a trade to drop down and acquire extra picks. But they did find a trade! The Raiders did something right!

Except that they didn’t, because they were ripped off (by conventional metrics).

Miami sent the 12th and 42nd picks to Oakland for the third. Going by the traditional trade chart, that’s short of a fair deal by 520 points, or the value of the 38th pick in the draft.

So, by the standard draft pick trade value chart, the Raiders should’ve gotten an early second rounder in addition to what they received.

(Of course, there are reasons for this. One, the detail that they really wanted Hayden leaked before the draft. That lost them leverage. Two, everybody knew they wanted to trade, anyway. Three, this is widely regarded as a weak draft, with atypically inferior value at the top of the pool. The Raiders didn’t necessarily mess up, but they were victims of poor circumstance.)

Still, it’s funny when the Raiders get screwed over, even if it’s not necessarily their fault. Perhaps Al Davis’s omni(drafting incom)potence extends to the afterlife.

[ProFootballTalk]

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  • Lil Jay C

    I think your funny for the fact that you think you know everything, but you know little of football knowledge. Stop picking on teams and being a ignorant with your comments thank you

  • BIGS

    Matt you’re a bozo

  • LeggZ

    Matt you cleary don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about. FACT the Raiders are hurting in the Secondary, FACT EVERYBODY in the NFL KNOWS this already, FACT this came out BEFORE THE DRAFT! So before you go spouting out retarded nonsense, shut the hell up and do your research. Oakland needs to fill A LOT of gaps but the most important (as many have pointed out already) are in the Secondary (DBs and Safeties), TEs, WRs, and POSSIBLY O-line (although I think the D-line needs it more). Do us ALL a favor before you say ANYTHING, actually do this thing called “research” or shut the hell up. Enough Said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1301758193 Tracy Johnson

    According to a CBS Sports trade grade, they said Oakland did get the value for the pick and also picked Oakland as the winner of the trade. They also highly rated the selection of Ware AND Oakland’s use of the 2nd round pick. Your article = fail.


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