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Raiders news

2019 NFL Draft rumors: Raiders reportedly planning to make a surprising pick at No. 4 | CBS Sports

Last week, the Raiders sent all of their scouts home in an attempt to protect their draft plans from a leak. While the Raiders’ plans are still entirely unknown -- with three first-round picks, they really could go in a number of different directions -- it sounds like they’re planning something entirely unexpected for the 2019 NFL Draft.

NFL draft rumors: Raiders likely to stay at No. 4 to select D-lineman | NBC Sports

When it comes to the Raiders, another interesting tidbit has surfaced regarding the Raiders. A source told ESPN’s Todd McShay that he thinks the Raiders will stick with the No. 4 pick and “take an impact, defensive lineman.”

NFL Draft 2019 scouting report: Quinnen Williams is the best player in this draft | Silver and Black Pride

Alabama has a history of sending talented defensive lineman to the NFL, but Quinnen Williams is the best of them. He is an absolute game wrecker that checks all of the boxes on and off the field. Williams impacts both the passing and rushing game and should be a three-down player in the NFL with All-Pro potential. Overall, he is the best player in the 2019 NFL Draft and is the closest thing to a “can’t miss” prospect.

Khalil Mack or 20 new players? Maybe Gruden knew something after all | ESPN.com

Coach Jon Gruden has an inkling, even if, as he says, it pains him and Khalil Mack fans to say it. Yes, the trade of the All-Pro edge rusher on Sept. 1 in the middle of Mack’s holdout netted not only a gaggle of draft picks and salary-cap space, but also some intriguing hardware.

LA Times annual live beat writer mock draft number one overall pick sends shock waves through first round | Silver and Black Pride

It’s draft week. And as is the tradition, that means the LA Times holds their beat writers mock draft in which writers for various publications across the country make the pick for the team they cover. And right away, there was a shocker at number one overall. It got kinda cray cray from there too.

AFC West

Report: Chargers among front-runners to land Cardinals QB Josh Rosen | Chargers Wire

Nothing is set in stone as the draft hasn’t even begun. But Los Angeles appears to be at the top of Rosen’s destination list, if this does occur within the next few days.

Seahawks have reportedly discussed Frank Clark trade with several teams, including Chiefs, Colts, Jets | CBS Sports

It’s not difficult to understand why so many teams would at least reach out to the Seahawks about Clark, a 25-year-old defensive end who can both set the edge and attack the quarterback. He’s racked up 35 sacks in four seasons, including nearly 11 per season since his rookie year. He’s a very good player, even though teams could be scared off by his troubling history away from the field.

Damien Williams can carry the load for the Chiefs in 2019 | Arrowhead Pride

On Friday, the football analytics site published an article about the top five running backs in the red zone during 2018. Williams was ranked fifth behind Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans, Jordan Howard of the Philadelphia Eagles, Nyheim Hines from the Indianapolis Colts and Phillip Lindsay of the Denver Broncos.

Rumor: Broncos are not interested in the first-round quarterbacks per ESPN’s Todd McShay | Mile High Report

McShay notes that the Broncos want to “roll the dice” with quarterback Joe Flacco first before acquiring another “quarterback of the future”. Or in other words, they’re punting this big need down the road and revisiting it again in 2020 when Justin Herbert will be available.

Broncos may use Von Miller more often in coverage this season | Broncos Wire

Some fans in Denver may not be too thrilled about the idea of Miller doing less of what he does best, but if it works, fans won’t be able to argue with the results.

NFL news

Disney Makes Big Play to Stay in NFL’s TV-Football Game | Variety

Roberts, best known for her regular appearances on “Good Morning America,” will serve this Thursday as an important presence on one night of ABC’s multi-evening coverage of the NFL Draft, an annual highlight for pigskin fans that will also be broadcast on ABC’s sister, ESPN. Both networks are part of the Walt Disney Company, which looks to be making its best play for NFL football as discussions about broadcast rights for the sport are nearing a new round.

Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 NFL Draft’s Top Storylines | MMQB

Here are the top-line storylines—the names, picks and decisions—that will shape the 2019 NFL draft, and ultimately the futures of many franchises.

Dear NFL, please don’t overthink these college stars | ESPN.com

Consider it our free scouting service to NFL general managers: Here are five “sleeper” players who despite the tape, production and numbers from their college careers will invariably be undervalued in the upcoming draft -- whether for size, shorter arms, slower 40 times or being a “tweener” at the pro level.

Wonderlic test scores of 2019 NFL Draft quarterbacks leaked | Sporting News

A well-researched article on Medium looked at quarterbacks only and determined there was a minor benefit at this position: “There seems to be a sort of smartness threshold, where the best NFL quarterbacks need to be at least this smart to see success. But once a QB passes that threshold (around a score of 25), their additional smartness has little to no effect on success on the field.”

The Race to Make the NFL Draft an Exact Science | The Ringer

It is not a surprise that teams view players differently—traditional draft boards have wide variances even without the use of complex formulas. Each organization believed its in-house analysts had identified specific targets to build its draft strategies around. But what struck me is how very few of the teams’ targets overlapped with each other. One was obsessed with body composition. Another, using data collected from the traditional scouting process, thought it had found a formula to determine what constitutes a red flag.