Scenario 3 – Las Vegas Raiders
This scenario starts off with the premise that its either Tagvailoa or Vegas waits it out to see who is available when they pick 12th. What Chucky (Jon Gruden) wants he often gets. He wants Tua and knows that Miami and Los Angeles would trade up with the New York Giants to get him as well.
Gruden and GM Mike Mayock have a problem. Las Vegas does own two first-round picks, which they would trade to the G-Men, but their first one is 12th overall. Dropping eight spots in this draft is huge. They have to do something big to make it worth Gettleman’s while to drop down that far. Mayock agrees to swap left tackles.
Getting out from underneath Solder’s bloated contract would free up approximately another $20M for each of the next two seasons. Breathing room at last. Miller, who the Raiders used their 2018 first-round pick on, hasn’t lived up to his 15th overall selection so far. Vegas is willing to part with him to make this trade happen. The Giants don’t have to keep the former UCLA tackle beyond 2020, but he’s worth the tryout.
New York’s sudden windfall is more than enough to lure Jadeveon Clowney. The free agent edge rusher decided to wait until after the draft to see if he could capitalize on someone missing out. His gamble just paid off. Clowney won’t get all $20M, but $18-19M is doable.
It would be incredibly ironic that with Clowney in hand, the Giants pull their franchise tag off Leonard Williams and let him walk, to offset the money they just give to 2014’s first overall pick. By doing so, New York adds another $16M in available money to spend. Funny how Williams keeps coming up, isn’t it.
Meanwhile, New York catches a break. Of the four teams now ahead of them, Arizona (8), Jacksonville (9), Cleveland (10), NYJ (11), who need a tackle, at least one of them breaks ranks for either edge rusher Isaiah Simmons or receiver Jerry Jeudy. It means the New York Giants can draft versatile Alabama tackle, Jedrick Wills. The G-Men will go into 2020 with some prime “hog mollies” on each end of the line.
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Since they don’t need a pass rusher or tackle with the 19th overall pick, New York opts for Alabama safety Xavier McKinney. It’s their belief that McKinney and Jabril Peppers can hold down the safety spots at a very high level for many years to come.
The 36th pick might be a bit high to draft a center. Receiver Laviska Shenault would be a great addition to the team here. A sure-fire first-round pick any other year, the combination of a historically deep receiver class, Shenault’s mediocre combine, and his recently announced core muscle injury drops the Colorado play-maker to a second-day pick.
Just to reiterate, these are “DreamScenarios.” Are any of them highly likely? Probably not. Are they possible? Absolutely.