It’s time to talk draft Oakland Raiders fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 3, 2019 • Updated: April 6, 2019
Gruden is back in RaiderNation! While there was a lot of anticipation of what the Raiders would look like in the fabled head coach’s first year back, it didn’t play out quite the way loyal fans would have expected.
Gruden, along with owner Mark Davis, surprised just about everyone when they traded Amari Cooper to Dallas. Then, they left many more speechless with the moving on of Khalil Mack. If those two moves said anything about the direction of the franchise it was “rebuilding.”
During Free Agency, the Raiders added WR Antonio Brown, OG Trent Brown, and S LaMarcus Joiner. It looks like they’ll spend their remaining draft picks on improving the defense.
2019 draft picks
The Raiders have no Compensatory Picks.
- Defensive End
- Running Back
- Tight End
- Wide Receiver
Seems like the Raiders have a pretty solid core to build upon. They have their starting QB and OL in place. In this year’s draft, they should be looking to the skilled positions on the offensive side of the ball. Gruden loves a possession receiver than can move the chains; a tight end that can block and also split the seems; and a running back that can pound out the tough yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, they have a solid group of DT’s, but a disrupter like Quinnen Williams would be hard to pass up. Arden Key will be holding down one DE position, but a bigger, explosive, end like Rashan Gary or Christian Wilkins might be a nice compliment. They need linebackers, a corner, and a safety too.
With four draft picks in the first 35 spots, don’t be surprised if the Raiders target a specific players this year, then move up to get him.
Prospects to watch
Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams was one of the most recognizable names in college football this year. Even in Alabama’s loss to Clemson, he showed that he was the most disruptive interior lineman in the country: he’s so smooth, he often made spectacular plays look effortless. For only a sophomore, Williams has developed a wide array of pass-rushing and block-shedding skills to go along with good power, making him a top five talent.
Dwayne Haskins , QB, Ohio State
The Raiders brought Haskins in for a team visit and a private workout. Many fans aren’t convinced Carr is the long-term answer. Haskins had an amazing seventy percent completion average while making 533 attempts. He threw for almost 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. He showed in the Penn State game that under pressure, he can slide in the pocket, make accurate off-balance throws, and throw across this body. He’s got all the tools, including a cannon for an arm.
Irv Smith, Jr., TE, Alabama
Football is in this guys blood. His dad, Irv Smith, Sr., was a first round pick of the NO Saints. His uncle also played professional football. Irv Smith, Jr., has grown into his own player at Alabama. At 6-5/240, he possesses not just the size for the next level, but the skills too: he can catch, run good routes, and he takes pride in doing the dirty work inside.
Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Super athletic, Adderley impressed during his time at the Senior Bowl. He’s the only FCS safety to log 160 tackles and 9 int’s over the last two season. He has the ball-hawking skills and quickness teams covet. He can also return punts.
Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame
Williams was named the Top RB for Senior Bowl week. He looked especially good when catching the ball out of the backfield. Williams has good size at 5-11/215 and has displayed good game speed during his career at Notre Dame.
Players to Watch: CB Xavier Crawford, Central Michigan; S Amani Hooker, Iowa; ILB Gary Johnson, Texas; CB Keisean Nixon, So. Carolina; and WR Mike Walker, Boston College.
General Manager: Mike Mayock | Head Coach: Jon Gruden | Offensive Coordinator: Greg Olson | Defensive Coordinator: Paul Guenther
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Kolton Miller OT | R2 P.J. Hall DT
2017: R1 Gareon Conley CB | R2 Obi Melifonwu S
2016: R1 Karl Joseph S | R3 Jihad Ward DE
R1 Amari Cooper WR | R2 Mario Edwards DT