With three first-round picks and a plethora of wants, the Oakland Raiders might be some of the fascinating groups to look at within the 2019 NFL Draft.

In a short while, the Oakland Raiders have turn out to be some of the entertaining franchises to watch to each its followers and the remainder of the NFL.

Final 12 months, it was the huge funding in former Monday Night time Soccer analyst (and former Raiders/Bucs coach) Jon Gruden to be their head coach for the subsequent ten years. Throw within the rent of NFL Community’s Mike Mayock because the workforce’s new basic supervisor, a nonetheless up-in-the-air dwelling for the 2019 season and eventual transfer to Las Vegas, and you’ve got yourselves the most effective actuality exhibits on TV.

The 2019 NFL Draft might be particularly vital for the Raiders as they at present maintain distinctive draft capital with three (!) first-round picks following the trades of Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper.

As we try to challenge this seven-round Raiders mock draft, it’s vital to notice that lots will change between now and draft day. We nonetheless have the Mix, professional days, and all of the juicy draft rumors that come together with getting a greater image of how the draft will play out. Add to this a GM with no entrance workplace expertise and you’ve got a recipe for some good, old school chaos!

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As with all my draft items, I remind you of my two disclaimers.

  1.  Sure, I hate your workforce and don’t know what I’m speaking about.
  2.  Sure, I hate your workforce and don’t know what I’m speaking about.

With out additional ado, let’s get to it!

Josh Allen

EDGE, Kentucky

New 12 months, completely different Josh Allen.

Whereas Kentucky’s Josh Allen could have had an identical completion share in school to his Wyoming counterpart (I’m right here to offer comedic aid, bear in mind?), this 12 months’s Allen is likely one of the greatest edge defenders in a category loaded with them, notably within the high two rounds.

Allen is exclusive in that he wasn’t a five-star, blue chip prospect heading into school however has turned himself right into a five-star, blue chip NFL Draft prospect after 4 years on campus with the Wildcats.

Allen has size, measurement, and velocity in spades, and was probably the most vital member of the Kentucky soccer program’s exceptional turnaround over the previous a number of years. He’s nonetheless not a completed product however his versatility and “in it for the lengthy haul” perspective could possibly be an enormous promoting level to an Oakland entrance workplace that is aware of it it should seemingly wrestle within the close to future.

Except the Raiders turn out to be enamored with one of many first-round quarterbacks (I feel they might want later choices like Will Grier or Daniel Jones to Dwayne Haskins or Kyler Murray), I feel their main focus might be including high-upside gamers in spherical one.

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TEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 29: Extensive receiver N’Keal Harry #1 of the Arizona State Solar Devils tried catch in opposition to Oregon State Beavers defender at Solar Satan Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Picture by Leon Bennett/Getty Pictures)

N’Keal Harry

WR, Arizona State

Whoever the Raiders envision as their quarterback of the long run, they know they’ll must encompass him with weapons with the intention to achieve success.

Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry is the kind of big-bodied goal who may instantly step in as a safety blanket for whichever quarterback the Raiders choose to go together with subsequent season and past.

Harry’s largest query mark amongst evaluators is his lengthy velocity and talent to separate from corners on the subsequent degree, however there’s no denying his measurement and total athletic skill, to not point out the truth that he has remarkably robust and dependable fingers. I feel that Harry will shock individuals from an athleticism standpoint on the Mix and barring a catastrophic 40-yard sprint time (I feel a low 4.5s time is the place he finally ends up), Harry could be an amazing possibility for Oakland within the again half of the primary spherical.

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Additionally regulate NC State’s Kelvin Harmon as a risk with this choice.

SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Josh Jacobs #eight of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes in opposition to the Clemson Tigers in the course of the Faculty Soccer Playoff Nationwide Championship held at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16. (Picture by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Pictures)

Josh Jacobs

RB, Alabama

With Beast Mode and Doug Martin slated to hit free company, the Raiders’ depth at operating again leaves lots to be desired to place it mildly.

And not using a workhorse again heading into subsequent season, the Raiders may flip to gifted Alabama operating again Josh Jacobs on the finish of the primary spherical. Jacobs instantly grew to become some of the sought-after operating backs within the 2019 class when he declared following the Tide’s nationwide championship loss, and has had a ton of first-round buzz.

Whereas I don’t assume he winds up within the high ten as some are projecting, Jacobs brings a novel mix of measurement and velocity that may make him a direct starter for whichever workforce he lands with. He has the additional benefit of not having a lot tread on the tires as a result of a perennially-loaded Alabama backfield, which solely stands to extend his worth.

He appears to relish in operating over defenders and racking up pancakes in cross safety, which suggests it’s solely a matter of time earlier than the Raiders fall in love with him in the course of the draft course of. Even when he winds up being chosen a lot increased than this, Oakland has the draft capital to get him in the event that they so select.


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