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Silver Minings: Is a speed receiver Raiders’ top target?

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Henry Ruggs III makes sense for Las Vegas

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Longtime NFL reporter, Adam Caplan, who has a track record of knowing his Raiders’ stuff, reports that the receiver priority for the Raiders is a speed receiver.

He wrote Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock are focusing on getting a burner. Even though it’s a considered a great draft for receivers, Caplan said, if you want a true speedster, you better take one in the first two rounds or they will be gone. On a Tuesday conference call with reporters, Mayock said this receiver draft could see 20-plus go in the first three rounds. He said that number is usually 12-13.

The Raiders have the No. 12 and No. 19 picks in the first round. They currently don’t have a second-round pick as part of the Khalil Mack trade with Chicago. So, the Raiders may have to take their speed receiver in the first round.

The first one to come to mind is Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III. He has 4.27 speed and is considered one of the top three receivers in this draft. He will likely be available at No. 12. But it will be a risk on the Raiders’ part to wait to No. 19.

Other speed receivers who could be taken in the first round include Denzel Mims of Baylor, Justin Jefferson of LSU and Jalen Reagor of TCU.

Meanwhile, Caplan offers a podcast in which he believes offers some hints about several teams, including the Raiders, interest in wide receivers in the draft.

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