Oakland Raiders’ Offseason Blueprint

Updated: Aug 2, 2019


Graphic by Pat Pryor

Written By: Jake Leicht


The Oakland Raiders struggled under Jon Gruden in his first season back with the franchise. The season began to unravel before it even started after the Raiders traded All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears for a slew of early round draft picks. Oakland’s defense was putrid, and they had the most ineffective pass rush in the league in 2018. The offense wasn’t much better. Derek Carr was okay, but the lack of weapons around him hurt his overall production. The Raiders are in complete rebuild mode, and they will need to completely overhaul the roster before they can compete in the AFC West.


Available Salary Cap Space- $71.2 Million


Free Agents

UFA

Rashaan Melvin- Cornerback

Marshawn Lynch- Running Back

Jared Cook- Tight End

Marcus Gilchrist- Strong Safety

Reggie Nelson- Free Safety

Johnathan Hankins- Defensive Tackle

Clinton McDonald- Defensive Tackle

Brandon Lafell- Wide Receiver

Doug Martin- Running Back

Frostee Rucker- Defensive End

Mike Nugent- Kicker

Ahtyba Rubin- Defensive Tackle

Leon Hall- Cornerback

Dwayne Harris- Wide Receiver

Bene Benwikere- Cornerback

Kony Ealy- Defensive End

Jacquies Smith- Outside Linebacker

Chaz Green- Offensive Tackle

T.J. Clemmings- Offensive Tackle

Jon Feliciano- Offensive Tackle

Dexter McDonald- Cornerback

Denzell Good- Right Tackle


RFA

Martavis Bryant- Wide Receiver

Erik Harris- Safety

Shilique Calhoun- Defensive End

Daryl Worley- Cornerback

Jalen Richard- Running Back


ERFA

Ternt Sieg- Long Snapper

Tevin Mitchel- Cornerback

Jason Cabinda- Linebacker

Daniel Carlson- Kicker

Marcell Ateman- Wide Receiver

Justin Murray- Offensive Tackle


Potential Cap Casualties (Bold = Dead Money, Italics = Cap Gain)

Donald Penn- Right Tackle ($2.75 mill) ($4.85 mill)

Jordy Nelson- Wide Receiver ($1.8 mill) ($3.6 mill)

A.J. McCarron- Quarterback ($0) ($5 mill)

Derek Carrier- Tight End ($0) ($1.7 mill)

Seth Roberts- Wide Receiver ($0) ($4.65 mill)

Nathan Peterman- Quarterback ($0) ($645,000)


*All figures for cap purposes are taken as pre-June 1st, unless otherwise stated. All cap figures courtesy of Overthecap.com, unless otherwise stated*


Team Needs

Pass Rusher

Offensive Skill Positions

Cornerback

Linebacker

Safety

Nearly everything!


Draft pick Allotment

1st Round #4 (4)

1st Round #24 (24)

1st Round #27 (27)

2nd Round #3 (35)

3rd Round #2 (66)

4th Round #4 (100)

5th Round #3 (131)

6th Round #24 (184)

7th Round #4 (196)

7th Round #23 (218)


*Compensatory Pick Projection courtesy of Nick Korte of Overthecap.com


Mock Offseason

Players Re-signed

Johnathan Hankins- Defensive Tackle

Kony Ealy- Defensive End

T.J. Clemmings- Offensive Tackle

Shilique Calhoun- Defensive End

Marcell Ateman- Wide Receiver

Daryl Worley- Cornerback


Cap Casualties

Donald Penn- Right Tackle ($2.75 mill) ($4.85 mill)

Jordy Nelson- Wide Receiver ($1.8 mill) ($3.6 mill)

Derek Carrier- Tight End ($0) ($1.7 mill)

Seth Roberts- Wide Receiver ($0) ($4.65 mill)


Trade

Oakland gets: 1st Rounder (7th overall) and Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville gets: Derek Carr and a 2019 6th Rounder

Oakland gets: 1st Rounder (15th overall), 2nd Rounder, and a 2020 2nd and 3rd Rounder

Washington gets: 1st Rounder (4th overall)


Free Agent Targets

Grady Jarrett- Defensive Tackle (Falcons)

Grady Jarrett is one of the best defensive free agents on the market this year, and the Oakland Raiders could use a nice defensive tackle to play alongside Maurice Hurst. Jarrett would help solidify the Raiders’ previously putrid run defense.


Golden Tate- Wide Receiver (Eagles)

At first glance, Tate might not seem like an ideal fit for the Raiders. The fact is that Oakland needs a threat that can get open. Their receiving corps was ineffective in short yardage situations last year.


Tevin Coleman- Running Back (Falcons)

In this mock offseason, the Raiders will have acquired Leonard Fournette. The former Jacksonville Jaguar has immense talent, but he is often injured. Adding Coleman and Fournette would give the Raiders one of the best 1, 2 punches in the NFL.


Mock Draft

1st Round (Pick 7): Rashan Gary, Edge Rusher (Michigan)

1st Round (Pick 15): Greedy Williams, Cornerback (LSU)

1st Round (Pick 24): N’Keal Harry, Wide Receiver (Arizona State)

1st Round (Pick 27): Devin Bush, Linebacker (Michigan)

2nd Round: Taylor Rapp, Safety (Washington)

2nd Round: Jeffery Simmons, Defensive Tackle (Texas A&M)

3rd Round: Jace Sternberger, Tight End (Texas A&M)

4th Round: Hjalte Froholdt, Guard (Arkansas)

5th Round: Iman Marshall, Cornerback (USC)

7th Round: Easton Stick, Quarterback (North Dakota State)

7th Round: Bryce Love, Running Back (Stanford)


Keep a lookout for more offseason blueprints as we get closer to the start of the new league year!

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