Raiders Owner Mark Davis OK With First-Round Trade?

Currently set to pick 13th overall, the Raiders will need to move up the board if the team decides to use its top pick on one of the 2024 class’ top quarterbacks. An addition of some kind under center is expected, and a move aimed at acquiring Jayden Daniels in particular would be a costly endeavor in terms of draft capital.

Las Vegas already has Aidan O’Connell – who finished his rookie season as the team’s starter and will at least have the chance to retain QB1 duties in 2024 – along with free agent signing Gardner Minshew in place at the quarterback spot. The Raiders also have a new general manager in Tom Telesco and Antonio Pierce (who closed out the 2023 campaign on an interim basis) as a first-time NFL head coach. Electing to stay at No. 13 could thus serve the purpose of retaining draft assets while allowing a new regime to add at other roster spots.

However, ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez reports Raiders owner Mark Davis “has given his blessing” to Telesco and Pierce to make a trade in the first round. While that could of course include a move down the order, it would also mean an aggressive effort aimed at landing a passer like Drake Maye, J.J. McCarthy or Daniels could be on the table if a partner were to be found. The latter has been named as the top choice for a hypothetical Raiders trade-up maneuver (along with, notably, that of the Vikings).

Daniels has a connection with Pierce given their time together at Arizona State. The reigning Heisman winner is a candidate to hear his name called second overall, though, putting him firmly on the Commanders’ radar. After Washington (a team expected to retain the No. 2 pick), the Patriots are in line to add a signal-caller if they elect not to trade down. Other teams – such as the Vikings and Broncos – are candidates to move into the top five to acquire a QB, while the Giants (No. 6) have also received the green light from ownership to spend a first-round pick at the position.

Provided the same holds true for the Raiders, they will remain a team to watch closely as the draft draws nearer. Vegas has met with not only Daniels but also Michael Penix Jr. and Bo Nix, passers generally regarded as second-tier prospects in the 2024 class. If a trade partner can be found near the top of the board, though, it will be interesting to see if Telesco, Pierce and the Raiders decide to pursue a high-profile quarterback addition later this month.

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