With three first-round picks and a plethora of wants, the Oakland Raiders shall be probably the most fascinating groups to look at within the 2019 NFL Draft.
In a short while, the Oakland Raiders have grow to be probably the most entertaining franchises to look at to each its followers and the remainder of the NFL.
Final 12 months, it was the large funding in former Monday Evening Soccer analyst (and former Raiders/Bucs coach) Jon Gruden to be their head coach for the following ten years. Throw within the rent of NFL Community’s Mike Mayock because the staff’s new basic supervisor, a nonetheless up-in-the-air dwelling for the 2019 season and eventual transfer to Las Vegas, and you’ve got yourselves the most effective actuality reveals on TV.
The 2019 NFL Draft shall be particularly necessary for the Raiders as they at the moment maintain distinctive draft capital with three (!) first-round picks following the trades of Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper.
As we try and undertaking this seven-round Raiders mock draft, it’s necessary to notice that rather a lot will change between now and draft day. We nonetheless have the Mix, professional days, and all of the juicy draft rumors that come together with getting a greater image of how the draft will play out. Add to this a GM with no entrance workplace expertise and you’ve got a recipe for some good, old style chaos!
As with all my draft items, I remind you of my two disclaimers.
Sure, I hate your staff and don’t know what I’m speaking about. Sure, I hate your staff and don’t know what I’m speaking about.
With out additional ado, let’s get to it!
New 12 months, completely different Josh Allen.
Whereas Kentucky’s Josh Allen could have had the same completion proportion in school to his Wyoming counterpart (I’m right here to offer comedic reduction, bear in mind?), this 12 months’s Allen is among the finest edge defenders in a category loaded with them, notably within the prime two rounds.
Allen is exclusive in that he wasn’t a five-star, blue chip prospect heading into school however has turned himself right into a five-star, blue chip NFL Draft prospect after 4 years on campus with the Wildcats.
Allen has size, dimension, and pace in spades, and was probably the most essential member of the Kentucky soccer program’s exceptional turnaround over the previous a number of years. He’s nonetheless not a completed product however his versatility and “in it for the lengthy haul” angle could possibly be an enormous promoting level to an Oakland entrance workplace that is aware of it it’ll doubtless battle within the close to future.
Except the Raiders grow to be enamored with one of many first-round quarterbacks (I believe they could desire later choices like Will Grier or Daniel Jones to Dwayne Haskins or Kyler Murray), I believe their major focus shall be including high-upside gamers in spherical one.
TEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 29: Extensive receiver N’Keal Harry #1 of the Arizona State Solar Devils tried catch towards Oregon State Beavers defender at Solar Satan Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Picture by Leon Bennett/Getty Photos)
WR, Arizona State
Whoever the Raiders envision as their quarterback of the longer term, they know they’ll should encompass him with weapons so as to achieve success.
Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry is the kind of big-bodied goal who may instantly step in as a safety blanket for whichever quarterback the Raiders choose to go along with subsequent season and past.
Harry’s greatest query mark amongst evaluators is his lengthy pace and skill to separate from corners on the subsequent stage, however there’s no denying his dimension and total athletic means, to not point out the truth that he has remarkably sturdy and dependable arms. I believe that Harry will shock individuals from an athleticism standpoint on the Mix and barring a catastrophic 40-yard sprint time (I believe a low four.5s time is the place he finally ends up), Harry can be an awesome possibility for Oakland within the again half of the primary spherical.
Additionally regulate NC State’s Kelvin Harmon as a risk with this choice.
With Beast Mode and Doug Martin slated to hit free company, the Raiders’ depth at working again leaves rather a lot to be desired to place it mildly.
With out a workhorse again heading into subsequent season, the Raiders may flip to gifted Alabama working again Josh Jacobs on the finish of the primary spherical. Jacobs instantly turned probably the most sought-after working backs within the 2019 class when he declared following the Tide’s nationwide championship loss, and has had a ton of first-round buzz.
Whereas I don’t suppose he winds up within the prime ten as some are projecting, Jacobs brings a singular mix of dimension and pace that can make him a right away starter for whichever staff he lands with. He has the additional benefit of not having a lot tread on the tires on account of a perennially-loaded Alabama backfield, which solely stands to extend his worth.
He appears to relish in working over defenders and racking up pancakes in go safety, which suggests it’s solely a matter of time earlier than the Raiders fall in love with him through the draft course of. Even when he winds up being chosen a lot larger than this, Oakland has the draft capital to get him in the event that they so select.