You know the old adage, always sell before you buy.
The Raiders reportedly were expected to be buyers at the NFL trade deadline, but the Silver and Black made a shocking move Monday in the other direction. The Raiders traded cornerback Gareon Conley to the Houston Texans for a third-round draft pick, head coach Jon Gruden announced Monday at his press conference.
"It was a tough decision, obviously. We certainly wish Gareon the best."— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) October 21, 2019
Coach Gruden announces the trade of CB Gareon Conley to the Texans. pic.twitter.com/FNSOJgCie3
Conley was drafted by the Raiders in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Coming out of Ohio State, Conley was projected to be a top-10 pick, but he dropped to No. 24 overall due to assault allegations that were later proven false and the Raiders quickly snapped him up.
The 24-year-old cornerback had shown flashes of promise during his time in Oakland, but in the end, Conley was not drafted by the current regime. Head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock saw a way to recoup a third-round draft pick they lost for nothing in the Antonio Brown trade and did it.
Clemson rookie Trayvon Mullen likely will step into Conley's role opposite Daryl Worley.
The Raiders' defense was torched Sunday, as Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 429 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-24 evisceration of Conley and the secondary at Lambeau Field. Conley has not played well this season and has been hurt by the Raiders' lack of pass rush. He has the tools to be a good cornerback in the league, but he didn't put it together in Oakland.
The Raiders will play Conley and the Texans this week in Houston.