2019 Draft Needs Tracker – Oakland Raiders

By: Thomas Capo
Posted: April 9, 2019

With the draft looming a few short weeks away, teams are busy figuring out who can make their teams better. Here’s my take on what your team needs to do in the draft to take the next step.

AFC West – Oakland Raiders

1st Round: 4, 24, 27
2nd Round: 35
3rd Round: 107

Jon Gruden. Evil Chucky doll? Or Evil genius? We’re going to find out soon enough. When the Raiders traded away Khalil Mack, he looked like a lunatic. When they traded away Amari Cooper, people thought they had fleeced Dallas until Cooper rejuvenated the Cowboys lifeless air attack… after that people assumed that they were insane again. But here we are a few weeks before the draft and the Raiders have upgraded SUBSTANTIALLY from Cooper with the addition of Antonio Brown and they’ll now pick not once, not twice, but three times in the first round. That’s an awful lot of ammunition for a rebuild right there. If you’re wondering why the Browns are decent/good all of a sudden, look at the talent they pulled out of the draft last year, when they had four picks in the first two rounds. The Raiders lost the sure hands of Jordy Nelson to retirement, but with Brown coming to town, you can consider him replaced. Derek Carr will have no more excuses if he doesn’t right the ship this season. I think Oakland will go all in on pass rushers this draft to balance out the loss of Mack. Probably two of the first rounders will be defensive linemen or edge rushers. A sturdy, between-the-tackles type running back would also be an area of need for these Las Vegas bound Raiders in the final season in the Bay Area. Here’s the unfair thing. These guys could, in all seriousness, turn it around and win ten, or even eleven, games but still finish third in the division and miss the playoffs.

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