LAS VEGAS RAIDERS NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK
WR, CB, LB, QB
FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
QB Marcus Mariota, WR Nelson Agholor, DT Maliek Collins, S Jeff Heath, OL Eric Kush Kush in the Bush, LB Nick Kwiatkoski, LB Corey Littleton, DE Carl Nassib, S Damarious Randall, TE Jason Witten
FREE AGENT LOSSES:
WR Dwayne Harris, QB Mike Glennon, LB Vontaze Burfict, LB Tahir Whitehead, CB Daryl Worley, S Karl Joseph
ROUND 1 TARGETS:
WR CeeDee Lamb, WR Jerry Jeudy, WR Henry Ruggs III, CB CJ Henderson, QB Jordan Love, QB Justin Herbert, WR Denzel Mims, WR Justin Jefferson, S Xaver Mckinney, CB Kristian Fulton, CB Jeff Gladney
ROUND 2 TARGETS:
ROUND 3 TARGETS:
WR Bryan Edwards, WR Van Jefferson, WR KJ Hill, WR Chase Claypool, CB Amik Robertson, CB Bryce Hall, CB Cameron Dantzler, OLB Julian Okwara, QB Jake Fromm
PLAN OF ATTACK:
The Raiders hold two picks in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. With one of those, they are bound to take a wide receiver. They’d be wise to use the 12th overall pick on one and could be looking at CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, and Henry Ruggs III. One of those three will be there for sure and the Raiders could take one to be their new no. 1 target in the passing game. Jeudy is an exceptional route runner who is quick twitched and can create separation right out of his release. CeeDee Lamb is a smooth route runner as well, who has better size than Jeudy and some very sticky hands. Henry Ruggs has elite speed and can take the top off a defense. If Al Davis was still in charge he’d definitely be the pick.
The Raiders hold the 19th choice as well, and will need to decide if they want to take a quarterback for the future here. They can get by this year with Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota. Unless Mariota has a Ryan Tannehill like resurrection, they still don’t have an answer for the future. There is a slim chance that Justin Herbert falls this far, and if he does that would be an easy choice. He’s got the size, arm strength, and accuracy that teams go crazy for. He’ll probably be gone but Jordan Love could still be around. He’s seen as a generic version of Patrick Mahomes, as he can sling the ball and move well in the pocket, as well as scampering for extra yardage. He could be the choice here.
If Mike Mayock is fine with his quarterback depth chart, then he could grab a cornerback here. At 19, the best available would be LSU’s Kristian Fulton. Fulton didn’t have a ton of production in college, but excels in pressman coverage, and has the size to match up with any receiver he faces. He comes with some risk, but his ceiling is very high. The Raiders could also grab a linebacker like Patrick Queen or Kenneth Murray as
The Raiders do not have a second round pick this year.
The Raiders have three third round picks this year and should use one of them on a cornerback. They basically just need more depth at the position as Nevin Lawson and Trayvon Mullen are acceptable starters for now. This is a fairly deep cornerback class and there should be some solid talent on the board. One guy who is getting a lot of buzz as of late is Amik Robertson of Louisiana Tech. The biggest knock on this kid is his size. He’s just 5’8 but plays so much bigger. He is kind of like that little yipping dog that wants to take on the big hounds. He plays with oodles of confidence and has the speed and tenacity to make big plays. Robertson is very reminiscent of Tyrann Mathieu and plays with that same recklessness and tenacity. He’d be a great value here.
The Raiders could also look at a linebacker. They added some nice pieces to their linebacking corps in free agency but could look for a young rookie to provide depth with upside. They could consider Willie Gay Jr., Malik Harrison, or Oregon’s Troy Dye. Dye is another high energy player much like Robertson. He has size though and actually looks more like a safety than a linebacker. He’s got exceptional speed and can get sideline to sideline in a hurry. He’d make a lot of sense here for the Raiders.
The Raiders could also look to double up on corners here with their third choice in this round. They could look at Cameron Dantzler, Bryce Hall, or Troy Pride Jr. Any of these guys would come in and at least have a role on special teams as a rookie. If they haven’t grabbed a quarterback yet they could go with Jake Fromm here. He isn’t going to wow you with his physical traits but is a smart player who makes good decisions with the football. The Raiders could also look for a young safety to add to the backend of their defense. If they do that with their last third round pick they could be looking at high energy and versatile K’Von Wallace out of Clemson. They could also consider Terrell Burgess who is very solid in coverage.
Round 1: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Round 1: QB Jordan Love, Utah St.
Round 3: CB Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
Round 3: OLB Troy Dye, Oregon
Round 3: CB Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame