With the lack of moves made by the Oakland Raiders, this off-season and some glaring holes in our lineup, it seems extremely feasible that the Raiders will be moving down in the 2009 NFL draft.
As I look across the league for a potential suitor for such a trade, I am drawn to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Philly has the 21st and 28th picks in the first round as well as the 53rd pick of the second round and 85th pick of the third round.
Additionally, they have six picks coming in rounds four through seven. With that many picks in the draft they can afford to make a move.
With the recent signing of Kalif Barnes and Erik Pears, and the late season emergence of Mario Henderson it seems less likely that the Raiders will be going with an O-lineman in the first round.
On the other hand the Eagles suffered a loss on their O-line.
Tra Thomas signed with Jacksonville leaving a gaping hole at the critical left tackle position.
For the Eagles to find a true franchise tackle in the draft they are going to have to move up.
The Raiders could use additional picks to fill many of the holes and add depth.
One player is not going to turn them around.
Now, three pick from 21 to 40 might just help us turn that corner a little quicker.
I know that many people want Michael Crabtree, but imagine a situation where we are able to draft Ray Maualuga, Darrius Heyward-Bay and Alex Mack.
That would still leave our round three to seven, to address additional needs.