Round 2/Pick 35
The Pick: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Remember when we talked about the Oakland WR room. Even with the addition of Harmon, it is still bad. Gruden and company saw first hand at the Senior Bowl the damage that Deebo Samuel can do. Whether in the slot or on the outside, Samuel beats defenders with his feet before they ever lay a hand on him. He has the speed to burn and catches almost everything. Truthfully, he could make a bigger year one impact than Harmon.
Round 1/Pick 26
The Pick: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Diehard Raider fans probably don’t even know who their linebackers are. They need a leader on defense. Wilson can be that guy. He can go sideline-to-sideline. Wilson is possibly the top coverage linebacker in this class. However, he doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher. Oakland still needs an edge rusher in this class but the value hasn’t been there.
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Round 3/Pick 66
The Pick: Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
The Raiders have to add to their pass rush. I still like the potential of last years third round pick Arden Key. But they need more. Ferguson may be topped out physically but he has been an amazing pass rusher at the collegiate level. In fact, Ferguson is the FBS record holder for career sacks. Ferguson could add 6-8 sacks as a rookie.
The Oakland Raiders finished 4-12 in Jon Gruden’s return to the sidelines. No one knows where Oakland will even play in 2019. Their lease with the Oakland Coliseum expired. The team will be moving to Las Vegas in 2020.
The Raiders fired GM Reggie McKenzie. They made a splashy hire to replace him with NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. Mayock seems to have a good relationship with Gruden.
They are set up nicely to own the early portion of the NFL Draft. In addition to their pick at four overall, they have the Bears and Cowboys first rounders. They have the Bears pick stemming from trading Khalil Mack. They acquired the Cowboys selection in a deal that included WR Amari Cooper.
Today, I will go through all seven rounds of a mock draft to see if I can make the Oakland Raiders a better team. I will use my own big board, with User-Votes team needs, and the difficult setting at the draft simulator site Fanspeak. You all can do the same.
DEEP FRIED DRAFT
Round 1/Pick 4
The Pick: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
I said on the most recent edition of “The Cheapest Meal” podcast that it would take a bold team to make this pick. The Raiders are that team. Jon Gruden don’t give a f*@k what anyone thinks of the moves they make. Murray will likely measure in sub 5’9” at the combine. While that in itself is concerning to some teams, his lack of any bulk is the most concerning. Murray has the arm and accuracy to be an NFL QB. His speed and open field elusiveness will be unmatched at the position in the NFL. This could be the pick that defines the Gruden era as a head coach. It could also be a pick that sinks the Mayock GM regime.
Round 1/Pick 24
The Pick: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
Have you seen the Raiders wide receiver depth chart? It may be one of the worst in the NFL. Old and busted Jordy Nelson holds down one spot. 2018 7th-rounder Marcel Ateman holds the other. They have to get better in a hurry. Harmon is a big bodied target. He high points better than most. Harmon is a nice route runner with underrated speed. He will be the Raiders WR1 from day one.
THE REST OF THE PICKS:
4/106: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
5/142: Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison
6/198: Daniel Wise, DL, Kansas
7/220: Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
7/236: Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls