As expected, the Raiders successfully traded out of the No. 3 spot of the draft in a move to acquire more picks.
Oakland traded the third overall pick in the NFL draft to the Dolphins. In return the Raiders receive the 12th and 42nd picks overall.
This was a scenario we discussed in our Raiders draft preview. It’s not an overly great haul—the Dolphins did have five total picks in the first three rounds. According to most draft pick value charts, the Raiders could have received the 12, 42, 54, 77 picks from Miami and the trade would have been considered a wash.
But beggars can’t be choosers. The Raiders were looking to enhance their crop of draft picks and the trade gets them back into the second round. It is a little surprising and disappointing, though, that they didn’t get more.
It’s believed the Raiders are going defensive tackle at 12th overall, with Sharrif Floyd and Star Lotulelei potentially still being available at that spot. Floyd was one of the players who had been linked to Oakland while they still held down the third selection.
The Dolphins used the third pick to select DE/OLB Dion Jordan, a pass rush specialist from Oregon.
The first two picks by the Chiefs and Jaguars were offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Luke Joekel, respectively.