Raiders trade back into first round

The Oakland Raiders pre-draft trading continues and it might be a good idea to have an eraser handy for the NFL Draft, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, as it pertains to them.

The Oakland Raiders have traded their way back into the first round no more than a day after acquiring an extra second and third round pick from the Houston Texans for cornerback Phillip Buchanon.

According to an Associated Press report, the Raiders traded tight end Doug Jolley to the New York Jets for the 26th overall pick in the draft. Jolley, whom Oakland selected in the second round of the 2002 draft from BYU, would then need to pass his physical with the Jets for the trade to be a formality. Jolley, however, never had any serious injuries in his three years as a Raider so that process should not be a hang-up.

The Raiders originally traded out of the first round when they swapped the No. 7 overall pick in the draft and linebacker Napoleon Harris for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss.

Jolley enjoyed the best season of any rookie tight end in 2002 this side of Jeremy Shockey of the New York Giants. Jolley caught 32 passes for 409 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. His performance, however, tailed off from there as Jolley had 31 and 27 catches respectively the next two seasons.

The biggest downside on Jolley was that he did not progress as a blocker to the Raiders' liking. Oakland also has two other promising tight ends on the roster in Teyo Johnson and Courtney Anderson. Trading Jolley would appear to make Johnson and Anderson's path clearer in terms of having bigger roles.

Acquiring Jolley became a necessity for the Jets after starter Anthony Becht left as a free agent.

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