The Raiders sent all the scouts they couldn’t trust home last week, so sensitive draft information wouldn’t leak.
So naturally, sensitive draft information leaked.
Unless it didn’t.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (which is owned, in part, by the Raiders), the Raiders moved Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins up their draft board this week, and are considering him with the No. 4 overall pick.
There are a few factors to consider here, none of which make the Raiders look particularly astute.
First, draft boards don’t — or shouldn’t — change in a week. Scouting, when done correctly, is a year-long process during which values are placed on each player. And since Haskins hasn’t played a game, or added or lost weight to be in the best shape of his life in the last seven days, there’s no reason for any player to make a dramatic move up on anyone’s board at this stage. Guys can fall in a hurry if they get arrested, or a weird gas mask bong video hits the internet, but to rise quickly at this stage means someone didn’t evaluate things properly for the last few months.
Second, this leak from the place…