With the first round of the NFL draft over, the Las Vegas Raiders’ decision to trade their top draft picks for Davante Adams looks even better. There was a large number of wide receivers as the top six prospects were selected before the team passed the No. 22 overall pick to the Green Bay Packers. Perhaps the Raiders’ biggest need this offseason was wide receiver, so they would have been very disappointed if they had kept the first-round pick.
One of the biggest talking points in the draft was how the Packers would replace Adams at wide receiver. They haven’t made any significant additions in free agency to address the loss of Adams, which quarterback Aaron Rodgers can’t be thrilled about. There were rumors he knew the star wide receiver wouldn’t be staying with the team before signing his new contract. However, according to Rodgers himself, that wasn’t true. So far he has avoided addressing the trade.
“It was a bit of a surprise with Davante – obviously when I made my decision I still thought he was going to come back,” Rodgers continued The Pat McAfee Show. “I was very honest with him about my plans and my future and where I saw my career going in terms of the number of years I want to play. But I had a feeling he would come back, it obviously wasn’t, but I love ‘Tae so much and appreciate the time we’ve spent together and I certainly wish him the best in Derek [Carr] in Vegas. But that is a big hole to fill.”
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Last offseason, Rodgers dropped a bombshell trying to force a trade from the Packers. A big reason he wanted to continue was the fact that he felt the team didn’t value his contribution. Although he signed a new contract with the team that offseason, he lost his best wide receiver and Green Bay used his two first-round picks on defensive players.
Wide receivers like Tyreek Hill and AJ Brown have been traded in recent weeks, but the Packers have been unable to make a difference. It’s possible that the team will go into the season without a clear No. 1 wide receiver. That’s not something Rodgers would be excited about. The Packers have him locked up now, but the quarterback is unpredictable and could try to move on again if they have a bad season.
The Raiders must be thrilled with their decision to trade Adams. The team’s biggest needs were offensive line and wide receiver, but all of the best options in both position groups were gone before the No. 22 pick. Las Vegas doesn’t have a second-round pick either, but this year’s draft is considered a weak class.
The Raiders have the best wide receiver in the NFL, so they won’t be missing out on these picks. There are still some holes in the roster, but they might find some gems in the later rounds. Some of the Raiders’ best players were missed in the first two rounds of the draft.
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