The Raiders reportedly would have drafted Matt Barkley if the Eagles hadn’t traded up to get him

According to Len Pasquarelli of the National Football Post, had the Eagles not traded up 3 spots to draft Matt Barkley in the 4th round, he would not have been available when they would have been on the clock at the 4th pick in the 4th round.

(The Raiders) planned to jump on Barkley with their fourth round pick, before Philly took him with the first selection in the stanza. The Raiders then opted for a fallback, Tyler Wilson of Arkansas.

To expand on that, at the beginning of Round 4, the Raiders held the 3rd overall pick. The Eagles were one spot directly behind them. When the Eagles traded up with Jacksonville to select Barkley with the 1st overall pick in the 4th round, there was immediate speculation that the Eagles snaked Andy Reid and the Chiefs, which Reid denied.

It turns out that the Eagles may have indeed snaked an AFC West team, but it was the Raiders. Further backing up Pasquarelli’s report is the fact that when the Raiders were on the clock in the 4th round after missing out on Barkley, they traded back with the Buccaneers, eventually taking Wilson with the 15th pick in the 4th round.

4th round intrigue!!!


  1. Vandy running back Zac Stacy went to St. Louis at No. 160 overlal, Georgia wideout Tavarres King went No. 161 to Denver and Florida State pass rusher Brandon Jenkins went to the Redskins. All three are very nice value picks.

  2. […] As I noted last night, the Raiders would have drafted Matt Barkley if the Eagles hadn’t traded up ahead of them in the 4th […]

  3. iskar36 says:

    I wish I knew where I saw it, but I remember it being reported as early as that day in the draft that it wasn’t the Chiefs but it was in fact the Raiders. Seems odd to be hearing this reported again now. I’ll see if I can find that report somewhere, but I’m guessing it was somewhere on twitter.

    1. Saw that somewhere as well.

    2. iskar36 says:

      I think I remember something even more definitive than this, but here is one thing I found from April 27th:

      Albert Breer ‏@AlbertBreer 27 Apr

      Apparently, Raiders made their interest in Barkley known to the QB’s camp too. Barkley said he thought KC. Either way, he knew he was going.

  4. […] Jimmy Bama has some more details. […]

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