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RUMOR: Raiders could trade down to add second-round pick in 2020 NFL Draft

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The Las Vegas Raiders have a pair of first-round picks in this month’s NFL Draft, but they don’t have a second-rounder. But that could change.

According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the Raiders could be looking to trade down to pick up a second-round pick.

Las Vegas owns the 12th and 19th overall picks in the first round. It also lays claim to three third-round picks, a fourth-rounder and a fifth-rounder.

The Raiders are coming off of a 2019 campaign in which they went 7-9 and missed the playoffs in what represented their final season in Oakland.

The Raiders played in the Bay Area dating all the way back to 1995. During their time in Oakland, the Raiders made just four playoff appearances. They did make it all the way to the Super Bowl during the 2002-03 campaign, but since then, success has been tough to come by for the Silver and Black.

As a matter of fact, the Raiders have made just one trip to the playoffs since that Super Bowl appearance, going 12-4 and snaring a Wild Card berth in 2016-17. However, in Week 16 of that season, quarterback Derek Carr suffered a broken leg and was knocked out for the remainder of the year. The Raiders then proceeded to fall in the Wild Card Round.

Las Vegas has needs up and down the roster heading into the draft, so accumulating more picks is certainly an avenue the club could explore to add more pieces.

The Raiders did pick up some key players in free agency, such as linebacker Cory Littleton.