Patriots, Raiders Trade Grades: New England Sends Offensive Gear Justin Herron To Vegas

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The cross-pollination between Josh McDaniels’ Raiders and Bill Belichick’s patriots has a new chapter. This time, the two clubs have struck a deal on a transaction that will send offensive tackles Justin Herron to Las Vegas, the patriots announced. The deal involves the teams flipping concept choices, according to the NFL Network. As for the specific pick swap, reports that the Patriots will be selected in the sixth round of 2024, while the Raiders, along with Herron, will receive a seventh round of 2024.

Herron went the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2020 from Wake Forest. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder had been a reserve tackle during his tenure at Foxborough. Played over 28 regular season games, Herron started in 10 of them. He also got the start in New England’s only playoff game during the 2021 season.

Due to two games this season, Herron saw no play action.

Patriots: C+

This isn’t exactly an earth-shattering move and the Patriots are pretty deep into offensive material. In addition to starters Trent Brown and Isaiah Wynn, the club has Yodny Cajuste as its main swing tackle on its active roster. Marcus Cannon, Kody Russey and Bill Murray are also a trio of offensive linemen currently on the practice team. With that in mind, they’re going up a lap on Day 3 of the 2024 draft, while not eating too much at their depth.

This move also frees up a spot on the list likely to be used for defensive tackle Daniel Ekualewho is eligible to return after his two-game suspension.

Raiders: B-

As for the Raiders, they are getting a development approach that the coaching staff and front office are very familiar with thanks to their ties to New England. Not only is McDaniels in Las Vegas now, but he also brought offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo with him. Bricillo held that same title during his final season on Bill Belichick’s staff and has worked with Herron throughout his career. So they know exactly what kind of player they are getting in this trade while also not losing too much in terms of draft capital as late day 3 picks are largely a dart throw anyway.

Herron also has two years left on his rookie contract, so they’ll be able to take him out for a while.

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