Today it was Todd McShay’s turn to take a crack at his first offseason mock draft. And like his ESPN colleague Mel Kiper, he has no edge rushers going to the Raiders in the first round. This despite just ONE sack last season coming from a defensive currently on the Raiders roster.
The main reason could be because he has pass rushers going with the top three picks.
Here is how his first three play out before we move on to the Raiders pick at 4:
1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
3. New York Jets: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
4. Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama*
Williams just makes sense for the Raiders. Oakland hobbled to just 13 total sacks in 2018 after trading away Khalil Mack. As one of the two most talented prospects in this class, Williams would make an immediate impact with his quick first step and penchant for dropping guys in the backfield. Let’s start the rebuild with an elite prospect.
24. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss*
Metcalf’s teammate would fit nicely with Jon Gruden’s West Coast offense. Brown is a big slot receiver who can create mismatches. He has a wide catch radius and can produce yards after the catch. With Amari Cooper out of town, this team is looking for someone, anyone, for Derek Carr (or whoever is under center) to target.
27. Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama*
The final first-round pick for Gruden’s draft goes to a running back. An explosive back who runs angry through the hole, Jacobs would give Oakland a revamped run game with Marshawn Lynch coming up on age 33 and hitting free agency. With well south of 300 career touches for the Crimson Tide, Jacobs is light on the wear-and-tear.
McShay has the Raiders start their draft with interior pass rush, which is where their current sack leader Maurice Hurst (4.0) and last year’s second round pick PJ Hall line up. Then it’s all offense from there.
If you’re wondering about Clemson edge rusher Clelin Ferrell, he has him falling all the way to 16 to the Panthers. Montez Sweat isn’t on the board at 24 because he comes off the board at 18 to the Vikings. Linebackers Devin White and Devin Bush go at 12 to the Packers and 20 to the Steelers respectively.