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The Hall trade

March 21st, 2008

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.

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  1. Anonymous
    March 27th, 2008 at 20:49 | #1

    I wish we could’ve gotten more value out of this trade. You’d like to think that a guy that was drafted #8 overall a few years ago and has made two Pro Bowls would be worth more than a 2nd round pick, but I understand the circumstances. I find it funny that Hall complained about not wanting to go through another losing season, but look at the team he is going to: Only the team that has the worst record in all of the NFL over the last 5 years. The good side to this is that we avoid having to pay a mega-sized contract and get rid of an immature loud mouth who didn’t want to play here. The bad side to this is that we lose a proven, young, good player whom we will essentially have to replace through the draft, unless the coaching staff believes Jimmy Williams or some other CB on the roster is capable enough to start at the beginning of the season (which I highly doubt). This trade gives away arguably our best player and leaves us with a secondary whom no QB will be scared to pick on for awhile until our younger corners can prove themselves. Making this move may actually increase our likelihood of going DT with our first pick, as a good Dline will be able to somewhat offset a poor secondary.

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