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Oakland Raiders Draft Guide

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

Graphic by Pat Pryor

Written By Jordan Stiers

The Oakland Raiders had one of the better off-seasons in the league. First, they brought in draft legend Mike Mayock as general manager; he promptly responded by landing a top-3 wide receiver (Antonio Brown) for pennies on the dollar. The second phase of this offseason was attacking free agency. Oakland came roaring out of the gate, signing Trent Brown to a record-setting deal (4yr/66 mil) for offensive tackles and also added Tyrell Williams (4yr/44 mil) from the division rival Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders were a little quieter on the defensive side of the ball, with only two notable signings. Lamarcus Joyner is one of my favorite players at the safety position, and they got him for a pretty reasonable price (4yr/42 mil). They also signed Vontaze Burfict, who, let’s be honest, should’ve been a Raider his whole career. No one doubts his ability on the field, just whether or not he has the self-control to keep himself on it.

I see the Raiders as a team with very few weaknesses, but not many studs either. They need playmakers on that defense, no matter the position. A dream scenario is pairing Quinnen Williams with last year’s draft steals (Mo Hurst and PJ Hall) on the interior of the defensive line; they have talent on the edge but need that X-factor. The secondary is in decent shape, but mostly the same concept- very solid players but lack a playmaker. On offense, they need to be targeting a vertical tight end that can stretch the field. They could also use some help on the interior of that offensive line due to Kelechi Osemele leaving in free agency. I see them throwing a couple of darts at that position later in the draft to create some competition at camp. Running back is also a need, and of this current class, only Josh Jacobs and Miles Sanders should be considered until the later rounds.

The Raiders gave their fans something to be excited for. They managed to make the fan base forget about trading away Mack and Cooper fairly quick. If they can hit on these draft picks, the Gruden hype train will be full steam ahead as they make the transition into Las Vegas.

Draft Picks:

  • Round 1 Pick 4

  • Round 1 Pick 24

  • Round 1 Pick 27

  • Round 2 Pick 35

  • Round 4 Pick 106

  • Round 5 Pick 140

  • Round 7 Pick 218

  • Round 7 Pick 235

Team Needs:

  • Edge

  • Tight End

  • Guard

  • Runningback

  • Safety

  • Cornerback

Player Fits:

Early Rounds (1-2)

  • Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio St

  • Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

  • Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky

  • Devin White, LB, LSU

  • Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

  • Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

  • Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

  • Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

  • Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

  • Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

  • Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

Mid Rounds (3-4)

  • David Long Jr, LB, West Virginia

  • Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida

  • David Montgomery, RB, Iowa St

  • Michael Jordan, G, Ohio St

  • David Long, CB, Michigan St

  • Oshane Ximines, CB, Old Dominion

Late Rounds (5-7)

  • Gary Johnson, LB, Texas

  • Mark Fields, CB, Clemson

  • Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma

  • Trevon Wesco, TE, West Virginia

  • Jamal Davis II, LB, Akron

  • Lukas Denis, S, Boston College

  • Ugo Amadi, S, Oregon

  • Bunchy Stallings, G, Kentucky

7 Round Mock Draft

Round 1 Pick 4: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Round 1 Pick 24: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Round 1 Pick 27: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Round 2 Pick 35: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

Round 4 Pick 106: Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida

Round 5 Pick 140: Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma

Round 7 Pick 218: Lukas Denis, S, Boston College

Round 7 Pick 235: Bunchy Stallings, G, Kentucky

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