Oakland Raiders Draft Talk: Could they select one of these five?
For the Oakland Raiders, 2018 begins a new chapter. It also sees the return of a familiar face, Jon Gruden. Gruden has been out of the game for roughly ten years. However, he has been involved in the game with his QB Specials and as an ESPN Announcer. He now faces the 2018 NFL Draft with several areas of need. Sitting at the number 10 spot will field an immediate starter and bring in a playmaker. Here is a look at five players that the Raiders could select on April 26. (Players are in no particular order)
James is a solid playmaker in the defensive secondary. The Oakland Raiders are lacking in this area. However, the Raiders may want to try to trade spots with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in order to secure the services of James. There is a strong possibility that the Bucs could grab him at seven.
Jackson finished the 2017 season as the nation’s leader in INTs. He also contributed 26 defended passes. Mr. Jackson is a taller CB at 6’1”. He is a prototypical shutdown corner. Thus not allowing a TD after week 4 of the 2017 season. The Raiders finished 26th in pass defense in 2017. They need defensive backfield help.
Edmunds may just be the best LB in the draft. With the run of QBs that are expected, Edmunds may just fall to the Oakland Raiders at 10. He would make the linebacker corps of the Raiders a solid group. Especially if they can come to an extension with Khalil Mack.
Smith is a Pro Bowl caliber LB. Pairing him with a player like Mack makes the Raiders LB corp legit. Smith is a proven leader and will step right in and take control of the Oakland Raiders defense. He plays with discipline and has a high football IQ that allows him to read and make plays in an instant.
Taking a tackle this high in the draft, he better be worth the risk. While McGlinchey is the best at his position, I am not sure that he is worth the 10th pick. At this position, you want a playmaker and an impact player. Thus, a tackle may not be the right pick even though the Raiders need O-Line help.
Jon Gruden and Reggie McKenzie have their work cut out for them. If the expected run on QBs happens, this draft could fall right into place for the Raiders to improve their low ranking defense. If not, there could be a scramble at 10.
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