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Pro Football Focus put out their first offseason mock draft with Raiders taking second pass rusher off the board

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Mock draft season is heating up. The deadline for underclassmen to declare was yesterday, and the All Star games are upon us. Pro Football Focus had put out a couple early 2019 mock drafts last year, but this is the first time they’ve gotten into the act since the end of the 2018 season, so let’s take a look at how they think the top four will play out as well as who the Raiders will take with their other two top picks.

  1. Arizona Cardinals — Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
  2. San Francisco 49ers — Quinnen Williams, DI, Alabama
  3. New York Jets — Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
  4. Oakland Raiders — Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

Few players improved their draft stock as much as Allen this season and he becomes a key piece in Oakland’s defensive overhaul. His 92.1 overall grade led all edge defenders and he ranked 10th in the nation with 57 total pressures despite ranking just 160th with only 258 pass-rush attempts.

24. Oakland Raiders — Dre’Mont Jones, DI, Ohio State

Oakland adds another pass-rusher up front as Jones ranked fourth among interior defensive linemen with a 90.1 pass-rush grade and he finished second with 53 total pressures.

27. Oakland Raiders — Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

The defensive overhaul continues with Rapp who has the versatility to play all over the field. He finished with the No. 4 overall grade among safeties last season (90.1) while missing only two tackles on the year.

There are always some very different names in the PFF first round projections. Mainly because they go very strictly on their grades. For instance, there is no sign of Clemson pass rusher Clelin Ferrell in this mock draft despite most predicting he goes in the top ten, perhaps even the top five.