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Pro Football Focus’s final 3-round mock draft presents nice looking haul for Raiders

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With just two days to go, various publications are putting out their final mock draft of the year. Pro Football Focus had theirs today and from what I can see, the Raiders would come out with a pretty nice looking group of players should the draft fall the way Steve Palaszolo is predicting.

First up, he is sticking with the top three of Kyler Murray to Arizona, Nick Bosa to San Francisco, and Josh Allen to the Jets. That’s been the most common top three in most mocks until recently when rumors have the Cardinals sticking with Josh Rosen and looking elsewhere with their top pick. This includes the LA Times live beat writer mock that had them taking Quinnen Williams number one overall. But in this mock draft...


One of the best-case scenarios for the Raiders, Williams bring an impact interior defensive lineman who can play the run and rush the passer. He posted the highest grade we’ve seen from an interior lineman last season at 96.0 overall, while leading the nation both against the run and as a pass-rusher. Oakland doesn’t need to force an edge rusher here, just take the best player and move on.

Notes: So, by some analysts’ estimates, the Raiders would be getting the best player in this draft at fourth overall. Even though it is not a position of need, it’s hard to argue getting the best player available.


Even with the additions of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, Brown adds another speed dimension that can win outside or in the slot. He has a next-level gear that will make Oakland dangerous to defend, and littering the field with playmakers is the best bet to get the most out of Derek Carr. He averaged 18.3 yards per reception during his career, to go with 9.5 YAC/reception.

Notes: Marquise Brown is arguably the best receiver in this draft (though they have him as the third WR taken behind AJ Brown and DK Metcalf). He also happens to be perfect for what the Raiders need being that he can play the slot for now and potentially move outside as a deep threat in future.


Another Clemson defensive lineman comes off the board, this time fitting the need for an edge defender in the Oakland defense. Ferrell took a big step forward in 2018, improving his pass-rush grade from 73.2 to 89.7, as he picked up 13 sacks, 11 QB hits and 32 hurries last season.

Notes: Are you kidding me? Getting Ferrell at this point looks like a steal. Almost seems entirely unrealistic, but I guess you just never really know. PFF has long been very high on Michigan’s Chase Winovich who they have going at 22 to the Ravens. That’s where many seem to have Ferrell coming off the board.


Notes: Notable layers still on the board in this mock who the Raiders pass on to draft Oruwariye include ED Montez Sweat, TE Noah Fant, S Taylor Rapp, G Chris Lindstrom, RB Josh Jacobs, and TE Irv Smith Jr.