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Antonio Pierce responds to wild Raiders draft rumor

Antonio Pierce with a Raiders shirt on

Nov 12, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders interim head coach Antonio Pierce enters the field for warm up against the New York Jets at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas Raiders coach Antonio Pierce addressed one wild claim that came out of the NFL Draft recently.

Cornerback Terrion Arnold claimed that the Raiders told him their No. 13 pick came down to a coin flip between himself and tight end Brock Bowers, with Bowers ultimately getting the nod. Naturally, Pierce felt the need to respond, denying that it had come down to a coin toss and saying Bowers had been the pick as soon as the last two quarterbacks had come off the board. In fact, Pierce denied even speaking to Arnold on draft night.

“No call, and no coin flip,” Pierce said. “As soon as the last two QBs went off the board, we said Bowers all the way.”

Pierce may not have been the one to make the “coin flip” comment, even if it did take place. Either way, Pierce is not going to let it fester that the Raiders made such a big decision based on chance, which would reflect very poorly on the organization. That is especially true when some players are already lukewarm on the organization.

Arnold ultimately went to the Detroit Lions at No. 24, while the Raiders got a potential franchise tight end. Both are probably pleased with how things worked out.

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