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2013 NFL Draft: Raiders open to trades for No. 3 pick

The 2013 NFL draft class is believed to have quality NFL players throughout, however, there is not believed to be any superstars.  When the best part about a draft is its depth, the only way to take advantage of that depth is to have as many picks as possible. 

The Oakland Raiders currently hold the No. 3 overall pick in the draft and they would love to trade down and possibly secure a second round pick as well. 

According to CSNbayarea.com, Raiders’ general manager Reggie McKenzie has had conversations about the possibility of moving down from the No. 3 spot.  “We’re just feeling around right now,” McKenzie said. “Nothing is concrete but…peripheral conversations.”

The Raiders’ have holes seemingly everywhere.  This offseason they loss starting safety Michael Huff, linebacker Rolando McClain, veteran defensive lineman Richard Seymour, defensive end Desmond Bryant, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, linebacker Philip Wheeler, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, and quarterback Carson Palmer

McKenzie realizes he has his hands full remaking the roster and trading back may help the process.  The Raiders’ loss their second round pick in the Palmer trade with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Right now, NFL.com latest mock draft has the Raiders selecting left tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan.  Scouts are high on Fisher because his is big and athletic for his size, but also because the last tackle out of Central Michigan was Joe Staley.  Staley has been solid from day one since being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.

The Raiders’ more than likely are going to struggle to compete this upcoming season.  With this draft they would like to begin to set a new foundation for the future of the organization.  McKenzie is looking to build Green Bay Packers-West.  The Packers have built their success through drafting quality players, developing them, and only signing low cost-high reward free agents. 

Last season McKenzie was handcuffed by not having a selection until the 32nd pick in the third round.  This season Raider Nation awaits with bated breath to see what direction the franchise is headed.         

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Keenan Actkins

Keenan Actkins is an Arizona resident living in the Phoenix metropolitan area. He brings a wealth of sports knowledge and passion to the team with his unique insight and strong voice and opinion. He also contributes to Yahoo! Voices and has written for WoodyPaige.com.