What would you say if an NFL general manager said he was planning on spending his 1st, 3rd and 4th round picks in the upcoming draft on quarterbacks? Oh, and either a 1st or 2nd round pick in the following draft too?
It’s a ludicrous idea, but that’s exactly what the Raiders have done:
- In April of 2010 the Raiders sent their 2012 4th-round pick to the Redskins for Jason Campbell.
- Then this past August the Raiders spent their 2012 3rd-round pick in the supplemental draft on Terrelle Pryor.
- And then this morning they sent their 2012 1st-round pick and a conditional pick in 2013 (reportedly either a 1st or 2nd rounder) for Carson Palmer.
Individually, none of the trades are terrible. They probably overpaid for Palmer and may have reached for Pryor, but neither move on its own would be enough to raise any serious concerns.
The collection of moves, however, epitomizes the dysfunction of the Raiders front office.