Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 10/27/11
With the Carson Palmer trade finalized, the Oakland Raiders have traded away five out of their seven 2012 draft picks. From the outside, it may appear that this will be detrimental to future success. However, with a closer look, we find that Raiders are set up perfectly for not-too-distant run for a Super Bowl appearance. Last week the Raiders finalized a trade for the Bengals’ Carson Palmer that resulted in the loss of Oakland’s first round draft selection in 2012 (and likely a second round selection in 2013). In 2011, they traded their 2012 second round pick to New England. This off-season the Raiders also selected Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft, giving up their third round selection. The Jason Campbell trade in 2010 resulted in a loss of their fourth rounder. If you’re keeping track at home, rounds one through four offer no selections for the silver and black. We continue with the fifth and sixth round selections, which are still in place. However, the seventh and final round was traded for the Seattle Seahawks’ for Aaron Curry three weeks ago. If you believe the future of the Raiders organization lies in the 2012 draft, you may feel disappointed, [...]
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