Safety was a glaring need for the Raiders until Karl Joseph got into the starting line up midway through the 2018 season. Even then, the safeties on the Raiders have had a tough time covering TEs for the past several years and when Travis Kelce is in the same division something needs to give.
The Raiders could improve this position but the depth isn’t going to last into the late rounds. If Mayock wants a safety chances are it will have to come by round 4 at the latest to find an impact player. Here are a few names that could land on the Raiders in April’s draft.
Nasir Adderley, Delaware
Height: 5’11 3/4
Weight: 206 lbs
Coming from an FCS school, its rare for a player to get as much respect as Adderley has received leading up to the draft. Only 6 players from the FCS have been selected in the first round in the last twenty years. Adderley is on track to become the seventh and the combine in the last hurdle in his way.
Adderley shows some awesome athleticism on tape and will need to back it up with a strong performance on the field today. From all accounts he has been winning teams over in interviews, professing his love for special teams play and putting his team first. Jon Gruden’s coaching staff knows Adderley well after coaching him in the Senior Bowl and many mock drafts link the Delaware star to the Raiders with one of their late first round picks.
Amani Hooker, Iowa
Height: 5’11 3/8
Weight: 210 lbs
Hawkeye football players come NFL ready and Hooker is no different. Displaying elite awareness and football IQ on film, Hooker has been a steady presence in pass coverage and run defense for the Iowa defense.
Hooker’s only question marks will be fleshed out during the athletic testing today. Is he fast or explosive enough to parlay his skills into an NFL secondary? Either way, the Raiders could stand to upgrade their safety position with a solid player who rarely makes errors. Hooker could be available in round 3 or 4 depending on how today shakes out.
Mike Bell, Fresno State
Height: 6’2 3/4
Bell stands to make the most money out of this safety group at the combine. The Fresno state product boasts elite length for the position and pending athletic testing could work his way into the second round of traits alone.
On film there are a few questionable angles and his tackling form needs to improve but Bell is consistently a fierce hitter who has the ability to match up with TEs down the field. Bell would upgrade the safety room and allow Karl Joseph to focus his talents at the free safety position because Bell is a prototypical box safety. If he crushes the drills and the Raiders want him they might not be able to wait too long.