The Oakland Raiders have grabbed lots of headlines currently this offseason and with 3 1st-round picks, they could be in retailer for even additional drama.
With a boatload of cap space and draft picks, the Oakland Raiders entered the offseason as 1 of the most intriguing teams in the NFL and, boy, have they not disappointed.
A new franchise left tackle in Trent Brown and new star wide receiver in Antonio Brown, the Raiders have positioned themselves to appear a entire lot distinct on the field in 2019 than they did final season.
With the flurry of absolutely free agent moves currently on the books, the group also heads into the 2019 NFL Draft with a league-higher 3 1st-round draft picks. This draft capital ought to enable them to be aggressive in pursuing some of the class’ top rated prospects, but just what could that draft appear like right after an currently-busy offseason? It is time to take a appear with your post-Combine, post-absolutely free agency, seven-round mock draft:
The Raiders have re-tooled their offense by way of a flurry of absolutely free agent signings and trades, but the largest transform however to come could nevertheless be at the quarterback position.
With all of the moves that the group has created so far this offseason, possibly the most impressive has been nevertheless holding on to the team’s 3 1st-round selections. It is quite feasible that the motivation behind this is the want to trade up to take the team’s quarterback of the future, none other than Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.
Jon Gruden has been effusive in his praise for Murray through the draft approach and whilst it could just be a smokescreen, Derek Carr just does not look to add up as the team’s extended-term solution at the position.
A new left tackle and shiny new getting corps could support to give Murray the most effective likelihood at beginning from day 1 if the group chooses to go that route, and they could elect to use Carr as trade-bait for various of the teams out there nevertheless in have to have of a quarterback.
Murray’s improvement will be 1 of the most closely-watched storylines we’ve noticed in the NFL lately but he could match appropriate in as the Raiders’ subsequent star as the group continues to rebuild and pack its bags on the way to Las Vegas.
Oakland poached security Lamarcus Joyner from the Rams in absolutely free agency and could continue to appear to construct up their secondary with 1 of their 1st-round selections.
Washington’s Byron Murphy is a fast-twitch cornerback with exceptional toughness and instincts, and could pair nicely opposite Gareon Conley in the Raiders’ secondary. Regardless of not obtaining a lot in the way of encounter at the college level, Murphy presents tremendous upside and ought to be aided in his improvement in the presence of a veteran security like Joyner.
Murphy’s length and size could push him down draft boards a bit but the Raiders could definitely pounce on him in this variety as they continue to construct their defense heading into subsequent season.
OL, Kansas State
The trade of Kemechi Osemele to the Jets opened up a spot at guard for the Raiders subsequent season, and 1 name who could be a fantastic match is Kansas State’s Dalton Risner.
Risner is the variety of player Jon Gruden would have a private shrine to. A major, physical offensive lineman with a nasty streak and exceptional method, Gruden seemed excited to be receiving an up-close scouting view through Risner’s fantastic week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile.
Final year’s 1st-round choice Kolton Miller’s impending move to appropriate tackle ought to support his improvement and with new acquisition Trent Brown on the left side, adding Risner could give its prospective new quarterback an offensive line capable of defending him in his rookie season.