This is the second year in a row the Raiders had multiple first-round picks in the NFL Draft. They started with seven total selections in the 2020 draft, though none after the fifth round. The Raiders added an eighth pick in a Day 2 trade with New England, then used that extra pick to trade up on Day 3.
Here’s a look at every pick the Raiders make in this draft, plus any related news about each selection, and any trades that happened along the way.
First round, No. 12 overall
Henry Ruggs III from Alabama was picked here by the Raiders, the first wide receiver selected in this NFL Draft, known for his explosive 4.27 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Ruggs is the third No. 12 overall pick in Raiders history, and the first since cornerback D.J. Hayden in 2013.
First round, No. 19 overall
After drafting their wide receiver, the Raiders also added to the defensive backfield, picking Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette with the 19th overall pick. He started 38 games in four seasons with the Buckeyes.
Chicago sent this pick to the Raiders in the Khalil Mack trade in September 2018. The last player the Raiders drafted 19th overall was tackle Henry Lawrence in 1974.
Third round, No. 80 overall
Call him a wide receiver, call him a running back, or maybe just call Lynn Bowden a weapon since he did it all at Kentucky, even filling in at quarterback as a junior.
The last time the Raiders picked 80th was 1994, when they drafted running back Calvin Jones out of Nebraska.
Third round, No. 81 overall
The Raiders drafted another weapon for Derek Carr, selecting wide receiver Bryan Edwards out of South Carolina. Edwards had 3,045 receiving yards in four years in the SEC, including catching 71 passes for 816 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2019.
This pick also came from the Bears in the Mack trade, while the Raiders sent their second- and seventh-round picks from this year in the deal.
Third round, No. 100 overall
The Raiders held the No. 91 pick but traded down nine picks with the Patriots, a swap that netted Las Vegas an extra pick. The Raiders used the pick on linebacker Tanner Muse, who played safety at Clemson, and left by tying the school record with 59 games played.
Muse was first-team All-ACC as a senior in 2019, a Thorpe Award semifinalist, and a third-team All-American by AP.
Fourth round, No. 109 overall
The Raiders used their fifth-round pick to move up 12 spots in the fourth round in a trade with the Lions, using that pick to draft guard John Simpson, the fifth Clemson Tiger picked by the Raiders in the last two drafts.
Fourth round, No. 139 overall
The Raiders went with cornerback Amik Robertson out of Louisiana Tech here, their third defensive player drafted this year. This pick was acquired in a 3-for-2 pick swap with New England on Day 2 of the draft.