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Thoughts on Raiders, Chargers draft trades

4/19/2013

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. explains that both the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers face dilemmas in the first round. Kiper wonders whether the two rivals could work together on a trade involving the No. 3 and No. 11 picks.

Such a trade could benefit both teams, but would either team want to help the other? It’s all part of the drama that is the NFL draft.

Meanwhile, the NFL Network is reporting the Minnesota Vikings want to move up in the first round. The Vikings have the No. 23 and 25 picks in the draft. The reports state Minnesota wants to move up to get a receiver. That could be good news for the Chargers. The receiver run will likely start in the Nos. 11-15 range. So, perhaps the Vikings will be interested in San Diego’s pick. Still, it is unlikely the Vikings would send both of their first-round choices in a deal. But the Chargers could be interested in trading down if, as expected, the top three left tackles are off the board at No. 11.

In other AFC West notes:

A good omen for the Chargers? We’ll see.

The Chiefs’ draft plans and the Raiders’ offseason are discussed in this video.

Here is a look at an upcoming ESPN documentary on John Elway and his role in the 1983 draft.