While it is clear most of the Las Vegas Raiders’ needs this offseason is on the defensive side of the ball. However, one of their biggest needs is on offense.
The Raiders badly need an upgrade at receiver.
The Raiders thought they upgraded last year, but the whole Antonio Brown (promise, we won’t be mentioning him much) fiasco sabotaged that opportunity.
So, here we are with the Raiders having a big need at the position again.
Let’s take a closer look at the Raiders’ wide receiver situation:
Current wide receivers: There are two receivers of note: Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfrow. Williams was signed as a free agent to be a solid No. 2 to Brown (sorry). But after Brown (sorry) imploded, Williams became the Raiders’ No. 1 receiver. He is best suited as a No. 2. Plus, he was injured. He had a decent season when healthy. If the Raiders upgrade and Williams stays healthy, he should be a plus player for Las Vegas. Renfrow is an exciting player. He finished very strong and ended up with 49 catches. He had a great chemistry with quarterback Derek Carr. Renfrow has a chance to be a big-time chain mover. There are other guys such and Keelan Doss and Zay Jones, but Williams and Renfrow are the main returning pieces.
Free agency: It’s a decent group of free-agent receivers, but nothing great. The top fits for the Raiders could be Robby Anderson of the Jets, although he is similar to Williams. Ohers include Emmanuel Sanders of the 49ers and Randall Cobb of Dallas. Breshad Perriman of the Tampa Bay could also be a possibility.
The draft: Jackpot in Vegas, baby. This is expected to be a great rookie receiver class. Many NFL observers have said 20-25 receivers could be selected in the first three rounds. The Raiders could easily take a receiver at either No. 12 or No. 19. Because of the big needs on defense and the deep receiver class, it may behoove Las Vegas to go defense at No. 12 and go receiver at No. 19. The Raiders could also take a receiver with one of their three first-round picks. Among the first-round options for Las Vegas include CeeDee Lamb of Oklahoma, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs of Alabama and Tee Higgins of Clemson, who’d reunite with Renfrow in Las Vegas.
Conclusion: I’d expect the Raiders to draft two receivers and add one receiver in free agency as they try to finally fix the position.