The Hall trade
This is a good trade for both the Raiders and Falcons. The Falcons were able to get something substantial for a player that wasn’t going to be a long-term solution in Atlanta. Now with another second round pick, the Falcons have a lot of draft day ammunition. They can stand pat, and take a very good player with pick No. 34, or they can package it with other picks in order to move back into Round 1 to get another top player.
This trade works for the Raiders, because they get a young corner that now has a bright future in Oakland. He fits exactly the style of defense the Raiders like to employ, and they were able to get a much better cornerback in Hall than they likely would have found in Round 2. The only major downside of this trade is if the Raiders now can’t re-up with Nnamdi Asomugha. But I suspect they will. Giving out cash hasn’t been an issue for Al Davis the past few weeks.
I suspect the Falcons will use the newest pick to package together with later picks to possibly move into the latter part of Round 1 in order to draft Brian Brohm, since I suspect the team will pass on Matt Ryan with the No. 3 overall pick. A Hall for Brohm deal is worth it, in my opinion.