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Players the Raiders Should Trade Up for and Steal in the Second Round

Jason Schandl
NFL Draft steals the Raiders could target in a second-round trade-up.
NFL Draft steals the Raiders could target in a second-round trade-up. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
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The Las Vegas Raiders are positioned to make a big splash in the 2020 NFL Draft. Armed with two first-round picks, they are going to be able to grab a couple of the year's top prospects.

They're left without a second-round pick, which isn't a great spot to be in with such a loaded draft class, but three third-round picks give them all the ammunition they need to move up into the second and steal away one of those first-round talents that falls to the second day.

Here are three players they could trade up to steal in the second round.

3. Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

Neville Gallimore during an interview at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.
Neville Gallimore during an interview at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The Raiders weren't as bad against the run as the pass in 2019, but they were still a below-average unit on that front. Neville Gallimore looks like a freak athlete on the interior, having run a 4.79 40-yard dash while weighing in at 304 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine. He doesn't have the kind of hulking strength that you want to see in a top-end defensive tackle prospect, but his athleticism helped him rack up 8.5 sacks and 17.0 tackles for loss at Oklahoma. His upside makes him a very intriguing option in the second round, and one that could be worth trading up for.

2. Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

Chase Claypool during a 2019 Notre Dame game.
Chase Claypool during a 2019 Notre Dame game. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Raiders are projected to take either Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb with their top pick, but the 2020 WR class is so deep that they could elect to go a different direction and still find a high-upside talent later. Chase Claypool looks like a boom-or-bust prospect, with just one 1,000-yard season in four years at Notre Dame, but an incredible physical profile. He ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds, also posting an elite 40.5-inch vertical jump. He has all the physical tools to bloom into a dominant WR on the outside — something the Raiders lack.

1. Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Jaylon Johnson at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.
Jaylon Johnson at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Cornerback is a definite position of need for the Raiders, and with the first-round talent at the position looking relatively thin, the second round could be the sweet spot. Utah's Jaylon Johnson doesn't stand out in terms of combine measurables, but he showed good ball skills with 11 pass defenses in the 2019 season and racked up 7 interceptions in his collegiate career.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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