With pick 27 in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders selected safety Johnathan Abram out of Mississippi State. Abram is a bruiser in the defensive secondary, and has been widely panned as the best safety available in the draft this season.
Abram was an Associated Press third team All-American his senior season. According to ProFootballFocus, Abram allowed a passer rating of just 43.6 when he was in coverage during the 2018 season, the best among all safeties in the SEC.
The selection of Abram wraps up the Raiders three first round picks, and addresses three of the team’s main needs at EDGE, running back and in the defensive backfield. Thus, there were a lot of holes to fill, but Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have addressed multiple of those needs on the first day of their first draft together. Now it’s time to see how they handle the rest of their draft on Friday and Saturday.