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NFL Draft: New York Jets Are Perfect Trade Partners for Oakland Raiders

Raiders Need to Acquire More Picks in This Year's Weak Draft Class

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COMMENTARY | The final hours are winding down before the 2013 NFL draft begins, and the Oakland Raiders are still holding on to the No. 3 overall pick.

The question remains: What do they do with that pick?

They could easily draft a high-profile defensive lineman like Sharrif Floyd or Star Lotulelei, two of the best players in this year's draft.

However, the Raiders are currently without a second round pick because of the trade that brought Carson Palmer to Oakland in the first place.

With Palmer no longer wearing the silver and black and general manager Reggie McKenzie forced to pick up the majority of his heavy contract, the Raiders were without a doubt on the losing end of that deal that continues to set the franchise back.

McKenzie is more than open to the idea of trading down for a second-rounder, but the problem is finding a potential suitor to grant the Raiders that wish.

After shipping cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the No. 13 overall pick in the draft, the New York Jets seem like a perfect match to help the Raiders acquire that second-rounder they desperately need.

Revis was the Jets' best player, and now they need to find a cornerback to replace him in the pass-heavy AFC East.

Dee Milliner is the best cornerback in this year's draft class, and the Jets need to grab him while they can. With that being said, there's no guarantee he will still be available at No. 9.

With two high first-rounders to work with, the Jets could trade up with Oakland to get the No. 3 pick in exchange for the No. 9 and No. 39 as well.

At No. 9, the Raiders could take Sheldon Richardson or Sylvester Williams to address their severe defensive line issues.

With the 39th pick, Oakland has the option to continue to improve the defense with a lineman like Bjoern Werner or a defensive back like D.J. Hayden or Johnthan Banks.

Also, Kentucky's Larry Warford would be a great asset to the Raiders' offensive line, a unit that has much improving to do before next season.

Not having a second or fifth-round pick hurts Oakland's chances of building through the draft, a skill that McKenzie owned when he was in Green Bay.

As weak as this year's draft class is, picks 1-15 aren't that much better than 16-32. With that being said, the Jets are now even more desperate to find a replacement for their best player.

It's a great situation for two teams that are both in the midst of a grueling rebuilding stage.

Steven Slivka is a Freelance Writer for the Oakland Raiders. You can follow him on Twitter @StevenSlivka.

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