Round 1-Pick 12
Jerry Jeudy | WR | Alabama
The Raiders use their very first pick in not just this draft, but also in Las Vegas, to finally fill the role that Antonio Brown was supposed to fill when the Raiders traded their 3rd and 5th pick for him last season. The Raiders haven’t had a true #1 wide receiver since Amari Cooper. Jerry Jeudy was a star at Alabama and is arguably the best wide receiver in this draft. His route running is at the top of this class, and he’s a great fit for the Raiders. It looks like this is going to be Derek Carr’s last chance, so give him the tools to be able to win.
Round 1-Pick 19
Jordon Love | QB | Utah State
Jordon Love has tremendous upside, but high bust potential to go along with that. But the Raiders are in position to take that risk if Love drops to the 19th pick. The difficult truth to accept is that the Raiders are set up to be no more than an 8-8 team with Derek Carr and/or Marcus Mariota. That doesn’t mean you can’t look towards the future. Jordon Love should sit behind and learn from Carr or Mariota to than become the starter year two once he knows the offense, so he’s not set-up to fail before he gets started.
Round 3-Pick 80
Jordan Elliot | IDL | Missouri
Jordan Elliot, in the third round, would be a blessing from the football gods sent down to the Las Vegas Raiders. I have him as my third-ranked interior defensive-lineman behind Javon Kinlaw and Derrick Brown, but he’s projected to last to early-mid 3rd round. He always keeps his hands moving and has great agility. He lacks in rushing the passer but has serious talent as a pure run stopper.
Round 3-Pick 81
Bryce Hall | CB | Virginia
Cornerback is a huge need on this team, but I held off on choosing one until later in day-2 of the draft due to how deep this draft is. Bryce Hall can line up across from Trayvon Mullen immediately to help an underwhelming cornerback group. Hall has a decent height and weight that is exceptional at the 50/50 ball. He’ll be a solid starting cornerback for the Raiders, which is decent value in the third round.
Round 3-Pick 91
Van Jefferson | WR | Florida
We double dip at wide receiver in our 7-round mock draft. Jerry Jeudy is a top-tier talent in this draft, but it doesn’t hurt to have a backup plan that could potentially help the raiders get out of a big contract with Tyrell Williams. This wide receiver core just became one of the scariest in the NFL real quick.
Round 4-Pick 121
Kenny Robinson | S | West Virginia/XFL
Kenny Robinson amazed people watching the XFL with his acrobatic interceptions with the St. Louis BattleHawks. I got to see a lot of his game covering the BattleHawks, and I was extremely impressed. He can seriously make a run at being a starter in the NFL after seeing what he has done, becoming one of the leaders of the BattleHawks defense, and make quarterbacks scared to throw anywhere near him.
Round 5-Pick 159
Kyle Murphy | IOL | Rhode Island
Richie Incognito is getting up there in age, and his attitude doesn’t get any better. The Raiders likely will look to move on from him soon, and drafting a young guy with your last pick makes too much sense. This o-line is scary on paper, and they need to hold on to and replace their talent for a future quarterback, Jordon Love, if this scenario plays out, like I believe it will.