Monday Night the Raiders trounced their division rivals in what may or may not be their last game in Oakland. The ramification is they went from being in line for the number two pick with a shot at number one overall to number four overall.
That’s right, they dropped two spots. And, that’s right, it’s the lowest draft position they’ve had since October 23 when they were also in line for the fourth overall pick.
Every week since then they have been in line for the third overall pick or better. Even briefly being in control of then number one overall pick for a week.
The Raiders getting their fourth win of the season puts behind the Cardinals, 49ers, and Jets — all of whom lost this week — in the draft order. With the Cardinals at 3-12 and an easier Strength of Schedule, number one overall is no longer an option for the Raiders, even if the Cardinals win in the finale.
It puts the Raiders draft pick range at 2 to 9 with a lot of teams to watch. And it could also mean Nick Bosa is gone by the time they pick.
Here are the Raiders picks look like now according to tankathon.com.
Round 1, pick 4
Round 1, pick 25 (from DAL)
Round 1, pick 27 (from CHI)
Round 2, pick 35
Round 3, pick 66
Picks in rounds 4-7 will change drastically following announcement of compensatory picks.
The position the Raiders are in now will have you rooting for a lot of teams this week. Many of which are very bad teams, but that’s just how it goes. The only team that might rest their starters is the Cowboys because they have clinched their division and a win wouldn’t give them a higher seed. They face the Giants.
Key draft order games this week:
Team to the left is whose win would help Raiders draft position