NFL Network employees Peter Schrager and Daniel Jeremiah ran a “virtual” mock draft of their own last week (The NFL itself is running a virtual mock draft on Monday to prepare for the real thing on Thursday), swapping off picks back and forth.
With the first pick at 12, Schrager has Vegas picking CeeDee Lamb out of Oklahoma over the other top two rated receivers.
Jeremiah calls Lamb the top receiver in the draft, and they talk about the comparison between Lamb and DeAndre Hopkins. Lamb is the first receiver off of their board, but he’s quickly followed by Henry Ruggs at 13 to the San Francisco 49ers and Jerry Jeudy to the Denver Broncos at 15.
With their next pick, Jeremiah has the Raiders picking a cornerback but not C.J. Henderson, who was still on the board. Instead, he goes with Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell, which Schrager calls “early” for him. Though Terrell didn’t have a good game against LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase in the national championship, Jeremiah says that Chase is a future “top-5 pick.”
Jeremiah says that he has Henderson rated above Terrell, but that Raiders GM Mike Mayock prefers toughness and that Terrell has Henderson edged out in that area. Henderson goes off on the next pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars.