We are exactly one week away from the draft — we’ve been preparing you for all scenarios and will continue to do as we approach next Thursday’s 5 p.m. kickoff.
In this exercise, I want to present what I think would be the perfect Raiders’ draft.
This is not going to be a full mock trade (those are coming next week). It’s going to feature some key points that I believe would make for a perfect Raiders’ draft:
Either CeeDee Lamb of Oklahoma or Jerry Jeudy of Alabama. If they’re both available, I really don’t care who the pick is. They’re both going to be stars. I’d lean towards Lamb, but if the Raiders think Jeudy is best fit for their system, have at it. I get the need for a quality cornerback, but go get the best player and, in this case, I think it’s one of these two receivers.
Trade down from No 19 to get No 26 and No. 70 from Miami:
The Raiders may have to add a mid-round pick next year to sweeten this pot. At No. 26, the Raiders take Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson. He has some injury concerns, but at No. 26, this is a good value for a potential No. 1 cornerback who seems to fit what the Raiders are looking for in top picks. The difference between 19 and 26 in this draft isn’t much, so getting another quality pick makes for a nice trade.
Trade into second round by sending No. 70 and No. 91 to Rams for No. 52:
This draft value works for both teams. The Rams need more picks and they have No. 57, so they might bite. The Raiders can take advantage of their draft trade with Miami and move into the second round, which they reportedly want to do. Here they would take the best defensive tackle available whether its Marlon Davidson of Auburn, Justin Madubuike of Texas A&M or TCU’s Ross Blacklock.
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. He will likely go in the second round, but if he’s available here, that would be a dream. Even if Derek Carr is the long-term answer, getting Hurts into the program to develop would be a great move.
In this scenario, the Raiders pick 12, 26, 52, 80 and 81. Not a bad turn from 12, 19, 80, 81 and 91. Essentially, the Raiders would be trading No. 19 and No. 91 for No. 26 and No. 52. Plus, they fill some needs holes.