Wide receiver is one of the many positions of need on this Raiders roster. A dynamic receiver who puts defenses on their heels would be a sight for sore eyes in Oakland. Amari Cooper never quite lived up to that billing and was too inconsistent to be called an elite WR. The Raiders are almost certain to add a receiver with one of their first 4 picks and this is a good year to do so.
With so much talent set to hit the field today at the wide receiver position, its almost impossible to predict who will shine. There are a few elite pass catchers who stand to make a lot of money with impressive performances in the athletic testing. Here are 3 for Raiders fans to watch.
D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
Height: 6’3 3/8
Weight: 228 lbs
Metcalf comes from a family of NFL players. He has been preparing for this moment his entire life. Many pundits are already comparing him to Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson before he’s even run a 40 yard dash. With all the hype leading into Metcalf’s athletic testing it will be a disappointment if he doesn’t crush the combine.
Jon Gruden has even chimed in unprompted during his media session and said Metcalf was the “biggest wide receiver” he’d ever seen and wondered “who’s tackling this guy?” Metcalf spoke to the media yesterday and described his meeting with Gruden and Mayock as a “blessing.” If Metcalf tests even close to the predictions he could end up being a top 10 pick. Could he end up going 4th overall to Oakland?
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
Weight: 225 lbs
Arceaga-Whiteside is a talented jump ball specialist from Stanford. He excels in contested catch situations and made that his calling card this past college football season. The problem however is that many think the Stanford wideout lacks explosiveness and speed which is why he had to constantly win 50-50 catches at the college level.
Detractors point out how much more difficult it will be to win jump balls in the NFL. Arceaga-Whiteside is a solid route runner but if he doesn’t run or jump well, talent evaluators will wonder if he’s a good enough athlete to win in the big leagues. A great day testing could silence the haters and make Mike Mayock think hard about adding the local product.
Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State
Height: 6’4 5/8
Weight: 227 lbs
Jazz is the younger brother of Jaylon Ferguson, the Louisiana Tech defensive end who led the nation is sacks this past year. Jazz is the size of a defensive end but plays wide receiver. Multiple outlets are predicting that the younger Ferguson will post eye popping numbers for his size in the athletic testing.
Remember that both Mayock and Gruden have said that the Raiders roster needs to get faster and bigger. Ferguson has the size and is rumored to have the speed to fit this bill. Ferguson transferred from LSU to Northwestern State after a failed drug test. He proceeded to dominate the lower level of competition but will still need to answer more questions than just the athletic testing. Ferguson could go anywhere from round 3 to round 7 depending on his performance on the field today.