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Oakland Raiders: Alex Smith Trade Makes 49ers an Ideal Trade Partner

ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 30:  Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie looks on during a press conference on January 30, 2012 in Alameda, California. Dennis Allen was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing Hue Jackson who was fired after one season.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Jeff SpiegelContributor IIFebruary 27, 2013

As the Oakland Raiders move closer and closer to the 2013 NFL Draft, the simple fact that Oakland needs help—a lot of help—remains as clear as ever.

Since the 2012 season ended, rumors around Oakland have swirled about the possibility of trading down in the draft in order to stockpile multiple picks in the early rounds. The problem was, there didn't appear to be many teams who fit the bill.

Enter the San Francisco 49ers.

As multiple outlets have reported early Wednesday morning, Oakland's Bay Area neighbors appear poised to send Alex Smith to Kansas City in exchange for their 2013 second-round pick and another future pick.

So what does all of this have to do with Oakland?

With the raiders clinging to the third pick in the upcoming draft (and then nothing until round three), San Francisco's astonishing twelve picks have become more and more appealing.

For the Niners, a team coming off an appearance in the Super Bowl, it's hard to imagine they need a ton of help in re-stocking their roster. In fact, one would assume they're more interested in finding one or two players who will make a major impact this season.

Oakland, on the other hand, could definitely use an impact player, however, finding a handful of guys who can contribute is clearly more attractive.

So what could Oakland and San Francisco potentially swap?

In the first three rounds of this year's draft, San Francisco holds a total of five picks (assuming the Smith trade is completed). Aside from their first round pick (No. 30), they would hold the first pick in the second round, the 30th pick in the second round and then the 12th and 31st pick in the third round.

Now clearly Oakland would hope to do better than the 30th pick in the first round when giving up a top-three pick, but would they really turn down a chance to get something like San Francisco's first three picks this season and then a pair of early picks from next season?

For me, the decision would be an easy one.

Without a standout player having emerged as a great fit in Oakland, I think the Raiders would do well to move late into the first round in exchange for a pair of second rounders and some future picks.

With three picks in the first 60, Oakland has a real chance at finding not just one difference maker, but three. We've seen Reggie McKenzie strike gold on rookies in just one season at the helm (see: Miles Burris, Rod Streater) and so the more chances he gets this year, the better.

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