Oakland Raiders Draft Talk: Top Three Positions of Need
I’m not sure if I want to laugh or cry about the Oakland Raiders. This is one of the most frustrating and comical franchises in the NFL. When Mark Davis hired Jon Gruden, I was skeptical, to say the least. The trade of Khalil Mack to Chicago left many people, as well as myself, wondering what in creation “Chucky” was thinking. Then they trade away Amari Cooper to Dallas. For what they got in the deal it wasn’t exactly a terrible move. Somehow this franchise even destroyed what was once a great young quarterback in Derek Carr.
Now they turn to the 2019 draft and attempt to get back to the winning ways of a few years ago. There are definitely more than three positions of need to make the roster competitive again. Let’s just hope they can do something with some of these picks, aside from turn them into busts.
1. Defensive End(Pass Rusher)
- This draft is loaded with defensive talent. Plenty of edge rushers and linebackers will be available for Oakland to take with one of their three first-round draft choices. If Alabama’s Quinnen Williams isn’t available when they pick at 4 these are a couple of guys who could still be great players for them.
1A. Josh Allen – Kentucky: Okay, so he is more of an Outside Linebacker than true defensive end. Fact is the dude can flat-out ball. He gets after the quarterback with a ferocity and tenacious ability to find a home. Weighs in around 250 and has a really good speed that could hold up under a few more pounds. Will still be on the board when Oakland picks at number 4 and would be excellent opposite of Arden Key.
1B. Rashan Gary – Michigan: The guy is a perfect combination of size and speed. His athleticism and power make him a natural 4-3 edge rusher. He can also stand up and play in coverage if needed. Some have him sliding in the draft due to his shoulder injury in 2018 but if teams are smart, they won’t pass on him.
- The best linebacker in the game wound up in a Bears uniform last year. That’s a generational talent you don’t just replace in the next year’s draft.
2A. Devin White – LSU: If you’re going to attempt to replace a once in a generation player, do it with another of the same pedigree. White is one heck of an athlete and plays the pass as well as he does the run. The amount of defensive talent in this draft is ridiculous. If this guy is available when the Raiders make their second pick day 1, take him.
- Marshawn Lynch is done and Doug Martin has proven he isn’t worth the trouble. A late round 1 pick or early round 2 pick could produce the RB1 of the future for Oakland.
3A. Josh Jacobs – Alabama: He never actually was the #1 back for the Tide. Thanks in part to a strong finish to his 2018 campaign Jacobs has solidified himself as the top back in the draft. Did somebody forget about Damien Harris? Jacobs has drawn comparisons to Kareem Hunt only faster. He will definitely be around for the Raiders to pick up late round 1 or early round 2.
Oakland has the potential to come out shining like a new Cadillac in this one. Will we see the usual “Oops we did it again” from these Raiders or possibly a team flying like a “Bat Outta Hell”? Time answers all and the clock is ticking.
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