Las Vegas Raiders Are Attempting to Trade up Big To Land Top QB Prospect in 2024 NFL Draft

There have been multiple reports and rumors about teams attempting to find a way to climb from their spots in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft to potentially landing in the top 10. A team picking higher in the draft can ultimately carve out a huge deal should their needs be more on additional draft capital.

There should be plenty of trades and deals being made simply because there are many teams who are seeking to draft a quarterback, and there are some highly talented quarterbacks in this draft.

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One of the teams needing to find a new quarterback is the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders had former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but he did not make much of an impact on the team after suffering a nagging back injury that kept him out of multiple games.

The Raiders then moved on from veteran Bryan Hoyer to rookie Aidan O’Connell. O’Connell did not do a terrible job, but he played like a rookie who was called up when he was not ready.

Las Vegas is likely not expecting to rely on O’Connell and recently acquired free agent Gardner Minshew, so they will aim to land one of the better quarterback prospects in the draft. That prospect could be eithe LSU’s Jayden Daniels or UNC’s Drake Maye, as the Raiders have reportedly held conversations with the Washington Commanders about landing the No. 2 overall pick.

The issue is the Raiders would have to give up a ton of capital to jump from No. 13 to No. 2 overall, and leapfrog teams like the New York Giants, Denver Broncos, and Minnesota Vikings — all of which are also attempting to land a quality quarterback.

The Raiders currently possess eight picks in the 2024 NFL Draft with their highest picks being No. 13 overall in the first round and No. 44 overall in the second round. Both those picks plus a presumed 2025 first-round pick and possibly players added would likely have to be traded for the team to jump that many spots.

Still, the Raiders are doing their due diligence on the possibility of trades, much like the other 31 teams in the NFL. The Commanders are also highly unlikely to trade out of having the No. 2 overall pick, simply because it means they can draft Daniels.

The meeting between the Commanders and Daniels did not go so well, but that does not mean the team will shy away from drafting him. The top LSU prospect could pull an Eli Manning and refuse to play for the team that drafts him, but that is also highly unlikely.

The Raiders have a much better shot at trading into the top 10 to land someone like Oregon’s Bo Nix, or striking a deal with the Arizona Cardinals to pick Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy at No. 4 overall. Either way, this draft might turn into a madhouse with how many teams are attempting to get into the top spot for a quarterback they believe could be their next franchise star.