(CBS Sports) – Multiple reports link the Oakland Raiders and GM Reggie McKenzie to trade-down possibilities. It’s no surprise they’re speeding down that avenue. McKenzie’s rebuilding effort will occur on a steep incline with no second-round pick as payment for now-former QB Carson Palmer. The Raiders entered Thursday with three picks in the top 100, and three in the bottom 50: 3, 66, 100, 172, 205, 209, 219.
Here are the prime suspects who might covet the No. 3 pick:
Philadelphia (fourth overall): The Eagles go up one spot, get OT Lane Johnson, and offer the Raiders the certainty of knowing DT Sharrif Floyd or CB Dee Milliner will be available.
Arizona (seventh overall): Levi Brown isn’t a left tackle and Palmer doesn’t want to be the crashtest case behind 2012 fourth-round pick Bobby Massie. If the Cardinals stay at No. 7, they can still find impact blockers — OGs Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack and right tackle D.J. Fluker are top-12 players on NFLDraftScout.com’s board — but a premium left tackle would be worth rolling the dice for first-year GM Steve Kiem and coach Bruce Arians.
San Diego (11th overall): Stunningly the Chargers lost Jared Gaither and did nothing to improve an offensive line that had more leaks than Grandpa (sorry, 95 has its drawbacks). Mike McCoy might be the mind to resurrect Philip Rivers — but not without better pass protection.
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