Raiders could trade up for Tua Tagovailoa?

NBC Sports Bay Area

The Raiders will enter the 2020 NFL Draft with a clear plan. Their interests are defined and they've done their homework on the prospects who can best help them win now and in the future.

Coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have an idea of how they will adjust to the curveballs annually thrown in the NFL draft. With picks No. 12 and No. 19, the Silver and Black are in position to take an elite talent at No. 12 and then perhaps trade back from No. 19 to acquire more draft capital.

Most don't expect the Raiders to go the opposite way and trade up for game-changing first-round talent. With multiple needs, it's normally unwise to mortgage future draft capital for a single player. However, there are few situations where the Raiders might be forced to make such a move.

Give Guenther another toy

The Raiders spent free agency building up their defense. They added to all three levels to improve a unit that wore down at the end of last season.

They still have a need at cornerback and reportedly will look to upgrade at defensive tackle in the draft. Top prospects like Florida's CJ Henderson, South Carolina's Javon Kinlaw and Oklahoma's Kenneth Murray are expected to be available when the Raiders go on the clock at No. 12.

Two of the best defensive players in the class — Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah and Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons — are expected to be off the board by the time the draft hits double digits. Okudah is a projected top-four pick, with the Detroit Lions likely planning on taking him at No. 3 overall if they don't move out of the spot.

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