As we sit the day before the draft, it is clear that the Raiders are seriously considering taking a wide receiver in the first round
This is considered an all-time deep receiver class and the top of the class is strong. The Raiders have the No. 12 and No. 19 picks in the first round.
Let’s break down what receivers I’d take where in the first round:
CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma and Jerry Jeudy of Alabama: These are the top two receivers in my book. I’d take Lamb first, but if Jeudy is the choice, I’d have no qualms. They should both become quality No. 1 receivers. It’s a high-bust position, but these two are fairly safe choices. They’d both make positive impact on this offense.
Henry Ruggs III of Alabama and Justin Jefferson of LSU: I’d worry about Ruggs at No 12, but he would be good value at No. 19. Still, if Ruggs is the choice, I think the Raiders may still want to get a receiver in the third round. I think Ruggs can fit the offense and give it a special dynamic, but I’m not sure he’s a true No.1 receiver. I think Jefferson is a smooth player, who has a high ceiling. If Ruggs is gone at No. 19, I’d happy to see Jefferson sitting there for the Silver and Black.
No 25-32 in trade down
Denzel Mims of Baylor, Tee Higgins of Clemson, Michael Pittman of USC and Jalen Reagor of TCU: They would get value in a trade and any of these players should help the Raiders right away. They could also turn to the position later in the draft
The Raiders should easily be able to improve at this position in the first round, whenever the pick may be.