Raiders GM Denies Using Coin Toss to Decide 2024 NFLDraftPick

Las Vegas Raiders GM Tom Telesco denies Detroit Lions cornerback Terrion Arnold's claim that the Raiders used a coin toss to decide between drafting Arnold and tight end Brock Bowers. Telesco and other Raiders officials describe a thorough draft preparation process, contradicting Arnold's allegation.

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Raiders GM Denies Using Coin Toss to Decide 2024 NFLDraftPick

Raiders GM Denies Using Coin Toss to Decide 2024 NFLDraftPick

Las Vegas Raiders general manager Tom Telesco has firmly denied a claim made by Detroit Lions cornerback Terrion Arnold that the Raiders used a coin toss to decide between drafting Arnold and tight end Brock Bowers with the 13th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Arnold, who was ultimately selected by the Lions with the 24th pick, made the surprisingallegationduring an appearance on "The Next Round" podcast on Tuesday.

During the podcast, Arnold stated, "The Raiders' coach, they called me after the draft, and they were like, 'You know, we actually had a coin toss between you and Brock Bowers and landed on him.'" The claim quickly gained traction, prompting responses from several key figures within the Raiders organization.

Telesco addressed the allegation head-on, dismissing the idea of using a coin toss to make such a crucial decision. In an interview with Mike Yam on NFL Total Access, Telesco humorously remarked,"Typically, I use a magic 8-ball and not a coin. "He went on to explain the team's thoroughdraft preparation process, which involves discussing and preparing for various scenarios two weeks in advance.

Raiders assistant general manager Champ Kelly also denied Arnold's claim, stating,"Yeah, I can't confirm that at all... We drafted Brock, and we're excited to get him here. And I don't think anyone else in our whole draft room felt any other way. "Newly hired headcoach Antonio Pierceechoed the sentiment, saying,"No call, and no coin flip... As soon as the last two QBs went off the board. We said Bowers all the way."

Pierce's comments suggest that the Raiders may have considered drafting quarterbacks J.J. McCarthy or Bo Nix if they were available at the 13th pick. However, once those options were off the board, Bowers became the clear choice for the team. Telesco emphasized that on draft day, there is little discussion when the team is on the clock, as they have already gone through the scenarios and made their decisions.

While the exact reason for Arnold's claim remains unclear, it is highly unlikely that a professional NFL team would rely on a coin toss to make a critical first-round draft selection. Both Arnold and Bowers have landed in promising situations to begin their NFL careers, with Arnold joining the Lions and Bowers set to contribute to the Raiders' offense in the upcoming season.