Insider Says Raiders Are One of Two Teams “Strongly” Linked to Potential Blockbuster Trade

Are the Raiders going to move up in the draft for a quarterback?

It depends on who you are listening to. At least one insider covering the Raiders thinks it’s highly unlikely the Raiders will move up in the first round of the draft, but ESPN’s Dan Graziano said this week that the Raiders are one of two teams “strongly” expected to try to move up for one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.

“The two that you hear the most strongly are the Minnesota Vikings and the Las Vegas Raiders,” Graziano said on ESPN’s Sportscenter. “Those would be big jumps for both of those teams and it could really depend on what happens at the very top [of the draft]. If we assume Caleb Williams goes first to the Bears, then what does Washington do? If Washington takes Jayden Daniels, that might make the Vikings or the Raiders less motivated to go up if Daniels is the guy they like over Drake Maye.”

Minnesota Sports Fan on Twitter: “Dan Graziano reports on ESPN that the Vikings and Raiders are both desperate to move into top-3… but only for the right guy (who he clearly believes is Jayden Daniels, not Drake Maye). pic.twitter.com/XEWCj4Ag8d / Twitter”

Dan Graziano reports on ESPN that the Vikings and Raiders are both desperate to move into top-3… but only for the right guy (who he clearly believes is Jayden Daniels, not Drake Maye). pic.twitter.com/XEWCj4Ag8d

If the Raiders decide to trade up for a quarterback, the popular belief is that Daniels is the quarterback they want. Antonio Pierce is familiar with Daniels from their time together at Arizona State and it’s no secret that Daniels would like to play for the Raiders.

Even the Raiders’ flagship radio station hasn’t been shy about the team’s interest in Daniels.

“Everybody wants our quarterback. Jayden Daniels is our quarterback,” JT The Brick said earlier this month on his weekday Radio Nation Radio show. “You know it. I just said it. The coach is saying it. Everybody wants Jayden Daniels. He was in the locker room for the cigar party. He’s everywhere. I’m not tipping my hand.”

“Everybody knows that we want Jayden Daniels. Every GM. Every fan. Jayden Daniels knows. We’ve got to find a way to get him and it’s going to be expensive,” JT continued… “I want to test the temperature of Raider Nation. Raider fans, how do you feel that everybody knows we want Jayden Daniels?”

If Daniels is the guy the Raiders want, it’s worth noting that Davante Adams has already served up his endorsement of the pick, and posted about Daniels this week on his Instagram page…

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