Upon his return to the Raider Nation, coach Jon Gruden’s first season encourage with the Raiders — in his hopes of rebuilding the once storied franchise — became more eminent for the 2 trades and three first-spherical draft picks than the meager four victories.
As the offseason has proved to be fundamental the identical in its chaotic ways with the Raiders serene purchasing for a 2019 home earlier than transferring to Las Vegas in 2020, Gruden contends the wheeling and dealing could presumably perchance also unbiased not yet be done.
The Raiders contain the fourth, twenty fourth and twenty seventh picks within the first spherical of the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft with the latter two choices coming by job of trades with the Bears and Cowboys, respectively.
When asked if the unhurried-spherical picks will be in play for a switch, Gruden stated they could presumably perchance also unbiased. And so could presumably perchance also No. 4.
“I judge there’s rather a couple of ability for trades,” Gruden informed J.T. the Brick on “The Game Notion” podcast. “I judge that’s regarded as one of many issues I’m in level of fact inquisitive about. [New Raiders general manager] Mike Mayock what he brings to the desk, he’s bought large resources around the NFL. He’s been in every constructing, he’s on a first-name basis; every person is aware of Mike. And I judge he’s gonna be on the telephones rather moderately, not handiest with these two picks you talked about, who is aware of, we could presumably perchance also unbiased pass up with the No. 4 steal, we could presumably perchance also unbiased pass encourage with that steal. We’ll scrutinize how it all unfolds.”
While the Raiders struggled to a 4-12 season that planted them firmly in closing location within the AFC West, the Bears won the NFC North crown after shopping and selling for trudge rusher Khalil Mack and the Cowboys claimed the NFC East title after obtaining receiver Amari Cooper. Most notably, the Raiders’ trades of Mack and Cooper garnered them a pair of first-spherical picks, but these two will most definitely be traded off, apparently.
Currently, discovering out up on free agents is the priority, however the draft looms bigger ever now it would seem.
“That is what we now maintain been doing the closing 10 days. We now maintain been doing nothing but discovering out free agents, guys that’s contracts are up,” Gruden stated. “Obviously we’re not having a gape to add gamers which will most definitely be at the end of their profession, we’re purchasing for blossoming younger gamers. These guys typically don’t get to free agency. So the pickings are slim, for all americans, but there are a couple diamonds within the tough. We’ll scrutinize the put the market goes. But you do not would favor to utilize all of your money that you just maintain on a couple of free agents, you will maintain to examine out to withhold a couple of of that money readily accessible in case a switch could presumably perchance fabricate throughout the draft.”
A lot of wants exist for Gruden’s squad, though line of defense and secondary appear to be the most glaring. No topic who’s prognosticated what, though, Gruden contends there could be no sense in it all because or not it’s serene very fundamental up within the air.
“No one can lock any one in to who we’re selecting yet, because we don’t even know — have faith me,” he stated.
Trades very fundamental informed the 2018 yarn of the Raiders and appear to serene be at the forefront for Gruden, so the most convenient surefire prediction for Oakland is the roller-coaster dash that awaits. A closing decision is yet to be made on the put the Raiders will name home in 2019 and apparently there is a range of choices to be made by job of the first spherical, whether or not it be who to draft or what picks to interchange.
For Gruden, or not it’s unbiased every other step in rebuilding the Raiders. And even he is aware of, or not it’s a long — and winding — avenue forward.
“We’re in level of fact ok with clearly the tradition of the Raiders, but we’re very smartly aware we now maintain bought to fix the recent tradition,” Gruden stated. “We now maintain had one profitable season within the closing 16 seasons and or not it’s monstrous and we now maintain bought a long solution to pass, but we’re going to get there.”