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My new Raiders’ first round mock draft

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Two new choices at picks No. 12 and No. 19 for Las Vegas

NCAA Football: Peach Bowl-Florida vs Michigan
CJ Henderson
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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.

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?

Utah State v LSU
Justin Jefferson
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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 ...