When, I did my first Raiders’ first-round mock draft, I warned you all that I’d change my mind and, eight days before the party starts, I have, indeed, changed my mocks ...
... for both picks.
To recap, my first mocks were Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb at No. 12 and LSU safety Grant Delpit at No. 19. I also participated in SB Nation’s mock, in which, I took Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy and LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton, at No. 12 and No. 19.
Why the change now? I got nervous, simply put.
I’m listening to all the C.J. Henderson talk.
#Raiders should consider drafting CJ Henderson at 12 and a WR at 19.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 14, 2020
Drop off at CB is much greater than drop off at WR / decent chance WR3 in the class slips to you at 19 overall if none are off the board at 12.
Gap between CB2 and CB3 is huge. Gap between WR1 and WR3-4 isn't
An ATL trade up for CB CJ Henderson is something to watch for... https://t.co/w8xZvQDMjB— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) April 15, 2020
So, I think, the Raiders will feel like they need to take the Florida cornerback at No 12. Matt Miller’s tweet about explains why.
The Raiders need a cornerback nearly as much as they need a receiver, but the receiver class is greater than the cornerback class, so, for now, I’m going with Henderson at No 12.
Who is the pick at No. 19?
I’m going with LSU receiver Justin Jefferson. On my current board, Lamb, and Alabama receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III are gone. But I could see Ruggs sliding to No. 19.
A Henderson-Ruggs combo would be unreal for the Raiders.
But for now, I’m thinking it’s going to be Jefferson. He is typically in most top-five receiver groups in this ultra-strong class. He has the down-field speed the Raiders desire and he checks the Mike Mayock boxes. Jefferson has produced, he comes from a great program and he has a great reputation as a worker and as a person.
So, Henderson and Jefferson are my choices, for now ...