A lot of thoughts on your Oakland Raiders trade of Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round pick on Monday:
What a score: When the Cooper trade talks first sprouted, I thought maybe the Raiders could get a third-round pick for the kid. Then, with many teams showing interest, I thought the Raiders could get a second-rounder for Cooper. I never thought they would get a first-round pick for Mr. Inconsistent. Thank goodness for Jerry Jones. He panics and he epically panicked today.
Still, this is not ideal: The Raiders didn’t draft Cooper with the No. 4 overall pick three years ago just to trade him after he became an inconsistent player. He was drafted to be Julio Jones. It didn’t work and that’s one of the reasons why the Raiders’ rebuild is going to take a while. Now, they have to draft and develop another young receiver.
Who’s next? Reggie McKenzie wouldn’t say there are any untouchable players on the Raiders roster. There are eight days until the trade deadline. Reportedly, safety Karl Joseph and cornerback Gareon Conley are on the block. Derek Carr? I wouldn’t be surprised, and you know a team like the Giants or Jaguars may call to see what’s up.
What is the rest of his season going to look like: No Marshawn Lynch, for the next month or so, a battered offensive line and a starting receiver tandem of Jordy Nelson and Seth Roberts? Oh, and they have a shitty defense. It should be a blast.
Major draft-pick ammo: Oakland now has three first-round picks next year and two in 2020. The Raiders’ can do whatever they want to do in the draft. Expect a lot of wheeling-and-dealing. The other thing is, all three of the 2019 first-rounders may be upper-half of the round picks. The Raiders need to hit on these picks, but this will be the focus on the rebuild. And, yes, then they will have to pay those guys down the line or continue this cycle of nonsense.
Conclusion: On the surface, the Raiders got a great haul for Cooper. That’s awesome. He is not worth it. This is a terrible deal for Dallas. But the trade of Cooper is just another sign of the mistakes made in Oakland and the nuttiness of the early days of the Jon Gruden era. Remember, at the NFL combine in February when Gruden said Copper would be the “focal point” of his passing offense? This is just another example of the lack of a plan in Oakland. Gruden has to start making better overall decisions, and the key is hitting all of these draft picks.