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Raiders rumors: Oakland is ‘wide open’ to make moves in the NFL Draft

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The Oakland Raiders currently own three first round picks with the 2019 NFL Draft now just days away. However, it appears as though the Raiders are wide open in terms of wheeling and dealing this weekend as general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden couldn’t possibly be more unpredictable at this point in the offseason.

Not only do the Raiders own the No. 4, No. 24 and No. 27 overall picks in the first round, Oakland owns the No. 35 overall pick in the second round as well.

“That’s what I love about it,” Mayock recently said, via NBC Sports. “Obviously, we could move up and you’ve got to know what you are trying to do and how you are trying to do it. You can try to increase your draft capital by moving down or you stay the same, and four of the first 35 picks gives you an opportunity to consider all those scenarios multiple times.”

In one of the most odd stories from this offseason, the Raiders recently sent home all of their scouts in order to keep all of the decision making between Mayock and Gruden.

“We are wide open to moving up, we are wide open to moving back,” Gruden added. “We are wide open to just sitting there and taking a guy that falls to us.”

The Raiders notably traded away both Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper and Chicago Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack last season en route to acquiring this slew of early round draft picks.