The Athletic made a suggestion for the Las Vegas Raiders this week that could best be described as “ill-advised”.

Nick Baumgardner suggested that Las Vegas could trade for the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. 

Baumgardner’s scenario would have the Raiders sending their No. 4, No. 41, No. 109, and a 2024 second to the Houston Texans (currently projected to have the No. 1 pick) for the No. 1 overall selection. 

With the No. 1 pick, Baumagarder has the Raiders taking Alabama quarterback Bryce Young.

In Baumagarnder’s defense, this isn’t a trade that he thinks the Raiders should make, just one that seems possible that Las Vegas could make.

From The Athletic:

I hated this for Vegas before I even finished it. I’m not totally convinced the Raiders need to go all-in on a quarterback for 2023 with what should be a pretty valuable first-round pick. However, Josh McDaniels didn’t draft Derek Carr, and Carr is hardly an untouchable talent.

The Raiders have a lot of draft capital to work with right now: 10 total picks, including three currently slotted in the top 75. It would make a lot more sense for Vegas to stand where it’s at, use this draft to rebuild the offensive and defensive fronts and worry about QB later. But I’m not Mark Davis.

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This scenario would make some sense if there was a can’t-miss Joe Burrow-type quarterback in the draft.

But there’s not.

The quarterback talent will be better than last year’s draft, but there isn’t a clear-cut top option.

Las Vegas has plenty of other roster issues they need to address. And they still have Derek Carr (for now) on the roster.

The Raiders would be better served to take a flier on a mid-round quarterback (Tennessee Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker, a former Heisman Trophy frontrunner, perhaps?) and use the other draft picks to bolster the roster.

Las Vegas can’t afford to miss in this draft. And I’m not sure sending a passel of picks to Houston would be “not missing”. The Raiders just need to stick with their picks until draft day.

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