This one will have a few trades as well, just as I suspect the Raiders will be doing in the draft.
Round 1, pick 15* – Clelin Ferrell, ED, Clemson
*Trade down from pick 4 with Washington. Add picks 46, 96, 2020 selection
Most likely if they are going to get Ferrell, it’s either with a trade down or a trade up to around the middle of the first round. Here I go with the former which also allows them to add more picks in this draft while still getting one of the draft’s top pass rushers. Ferrell is ideal for Paul Guenther’s defense.
Round 1, pick 24 – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The perfect replacement for the departed Jared Cook. Fant is one of two sure first round tight ends in this class along with his Iowa teammate TJ Hockenson. Getting him at the bottom part of the first round is a great value and fills a major need for the Raiders.
Round 1, pick 27 – Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
I see a decent chance they trade out of this spot as well, but should they stay, Hollywood Brown would be a tremendous get late in the first round. It’s also fitting this is the selection they got in the Amari Cooper trade, because Brown has the potential to be an upgrade over what Coop brought to the Raiders while being at least four years away from a new contract. Hollywood can play the slot early on and move outside at any point in the future.
Round 2, pick 35 – Jaylon Ferguson, ED, Louisiana Tech
That’s right, a second pass rusher. For a team with the NFL’s worst pass rush last season by a wide margin and just recent addition Benson Mayowa as the lone somewhat proven NFL edge rusher on the team, it makes sense to double up on edge rushers high in this draft. Or at least it does when a guy with 17.5 sacks and 26.0 tackles for loss is on the board.
Round 2, pick 46 – David Montgomery, RB, Iowa St
Yes, I realize I have the Raiders taking offense three times in their first five picks. But they also upgrade their pass rush twice, so what more do you want? A linebacker? Nah, Gruden is running the show and he wants offense. Montgomery is a complete back who would be a tremendous get to go along with Isaiah Crowell.
Round 3, pick 81* – Connor McGovern, G, Penn State
*Trade pick 96, 140, 235 to Minnesota
They move up in the third round from 96 to 81 to get McGovern, packaging a couple lower picks in the deal. In McGovern the Raiders get their guard to replace Kelechi Osemele who was traded to the Jets along with a sixth round pick to acquire this pick.
Round 4, pick 106 – Marquise Blair, S, Utah
Blair is a great get at the top of the fourth. He is outstanding in coverage and has good size too at 6-1, 195 pounds. Yeah, he could stand to add a little bulk, but he has the frame for it. He isn’t shy against the run, so he could line up at either safety spot in Guenther’s scheme.
Round 7, pick 218 – Gary Johnson, LB, Texas
Johnson barely left the field last season for the Longhorns, putting up 64 tackles, 16.5 for a loss and 6.5 sacks. He was outstanding in coverage, seeing very few targets in coverage (20) though he gave up a catch on 17 of those. None of those was for a touchdown. He checks a lot of boxes making him more than worthy of a late round selection.