Would Trading Nnamdi Asomugha Be Best For Oakland?

jeremy barilCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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With the recent tender of a 1st round pick and 3rd round pick to CB Stanford Routte it's rumored he's going to be a starter next year and Nnamdi Asomugha is on the trading block. Although it's difficult to talk about, the thought about trading Nnamdi Asomugha for draft picks and possibly a player is ripe for discussion. There have been several trades like this throughout history and typically the team who receives the stud player in his prime wins out and the team who traded the stud ends up with little to show for it. Could this year's draft be different in terms of talent and change that trade perception because with the depth of this year's draft Al could possibly end up with some studs? 

What would it take for Al Davis to get in return for trading his elite CB? I imagine at least two 1st round picks including a top 15 and a top 2nd and 4th round pick this year would be a starting point for draft discussions.  

Would trading Nnamdi be smart if Oakland is able to get 2 starters from the draft just on the Asomugha trade alone? 

Although I do love Asomugha, if Oakland landed two starters in the top 15 on the trenches I'd be stoked because the trenches need to be manned with better players, especially now that Warren's been released and the trenches are even thinner. Imagine a starting LT like Trent Williams (who would be a stud LT in the ZBS or RT) and a DT to replace Warren like UCLA's Brian Price or Tennessee's Dan Williams with the first two picks. 

I'd love to keep Nnamdi and don't want him to go, but if Al can get a bounty for him and plenty of good picks in this draft then I'm all for it, especially considering this draft is going to be the deepest in several years considering juniors are jumping in droves in anticipation of either a lockout in 2011 or a rookie pay scale.

I've heard analysts state it's the deepest draft in 45 years. If that's true and Al has 2 first round picks, 2 second round picks, two 3rd round picks, a 4th, and two 5th round picks among the first 5 rounds then I'm stoked because there's going to be a ton of talent to choose from. If Al could land 6 starters among those picks I'd be stoked. 

Just think in the first round with two picks and two more in the second Al would have 4 chances to upgrade the D line, O line, MLB, and CB spots with very solid players. If those 4 spots are upgrades then it's a bonus. Add two more starters like a RG and a FB then the team is pretty much set until the QB situation is settled. 

So tell me Nation, would trading Nnamdi be a good thing or bad thing?