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How Jets’ first-round pick impacts Raiders draft options

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Raiders may not get a choice of receivers in first round now that Robby Anderson has left the Jets for the Panthers

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It’s been often been mentioned the Raiders may have their choice of players in a great receiver class in next month’s NFL draft.

Las Vegas has the No. 12 overall pick in the draft. The team’s biggest current need is at receiver, so it is likely the Raiders will take advantage of the great class with their first choice. It was previously assumed no teams picking ahead of the Raiders would take a receiver. Therefore, it was assumed the Raiders would have the choice of the best receivers in the class, which probably starts with Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III of Alabama’s and CeeDee Lamb of Oklahoma.

But that narrative may have changed Tuesday. Robby Anderson, the best receiver on the free agent market, left the New York Jets and signed with the Carolina Panthers.

That could subsequently change the Jets’ draft approach at No. 11.

The Jets have often been connected to tackles in the first round and there could be some good options available at No. 11 including Alabama’s Jedrick Wills, Louisville‘s Mekhi Becton and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas.

But with Anderson leaving, the Jets may want to consider taking one of the better receivers in the draft.

Anderson was a speedster, so replacing him with the lighting-fast Ruggs may appeal to the Jets. It may come down who is the highest-rated player on the Jets’ board at tackle and at receiver.

But, at the very least, New York is in the market more for a receiver than it was on Tuesday morning. So, it may be something the Raiders have to consider.

Of course, if the Jets do draft a receiver, it’s not going to ruin the draft for the Raiders because this class is so stacked. It would just mean the Raiders will risk not getting the top receiver on their board.

By the way, I’d love to be in the draft meetings when the receivers are discussed. Coming to a consensus on the best receiver won’t be easy. In fact, I bet if you had a chance to look at all 32 draft boards, there would be, at least, three different receivers slotted at the No. 1 position.

UPDATE: The Jets just signed receiver Breshad Perriman, but he’s not likely the type of player to change a team’s draft plans.