Raiders’ owner Mark Davis talked to the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday about the possibility of the NFL draft closing or canceling the NFL draft in Las Vegas.
“The league office, the [NFL] Players Association and the city and the state are working together,” Davis said. “They’re making a measured decision. Health and safety will always be No. 1.”
Meanwhile, ESPN is reporting that the NFL plans to start free agency on Wednesday, March 18, as planned. The legal tampering period starts Monday.
The NFL Network reported that many teams are canceling their pre-draft visits (each team gets 30 each). If the Raiders choose to take that route, it shouldn’t be a big deal or a a roadblock to drafting well as they’ve talked to players at the combine and at All-Star games.
Two notes:— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2020
— The NFL has not cancelled any pre-draft visits or workouts. That’s at a team’s discretion.
— The biggest issue for free agency may be getting players physicals. Every year, there is 1 or 2 players who fail, but how does a team ask them to get on a commercial flight?
The NFL Network reports free-agent linebacker Christian Kirksey (he was cut by the Browns this week and he can talk to teams now) is visiting the Packers on Thursday. He visited the Raiders on Wednesday, so the Raiders are still in the mix.
The NFL Network reports former Chargers’ linebacker Kyle Emmanuel is ending his year-long retirement.
Former #Chargers starting LB Kyle Emanuel, who abruptly retired at age 27 last year despite several free agent offers on the table, has decided he wants to play again, source said. He can sign immediately and should have significant interest.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2020
The Raiders had interest in Emmanuel last year. They will likely have renewed interest this year with so many needs at linebacker.
PFF has an interesting first-round mock for the Raiders. It pegs LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton at 12 and TCU receiver Jalen Reagor at 19. Pretty unique picks.
In other draft news:
Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts & Raiders GM Mike Mayock conversate at OU Pro Day pic.twitter.com/2LZ7MXeeoS— DEE SPORTS GUY (@RodH75727469) March 11, 2020
The Raiders-Jalen Hurts talk will not die. I wrote more about it here.
Have a good day and, please, be safe and remember to wash your hands.