So, how did they do? Let’s grade the picks.
Round 1: No. 12: Henry Ruggs III, WR - Alabama
The Raiders were expected to go with a wide receiver here, and they did. Surprisingly, they had their choice at the top three, but ultimately went with Henry Ruggs III, the speedster out of Alabama. It might be more than a decade until we know which one of the three receivers pans out the best, but for now, the Raiders got their guy, and addressed arguably their biggest need.
Round 1: No. 19: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
Damon Arnette could turn out to be a Pro-Bowler. Based off of where he was selected, it appears Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden expect him to be. With no second rounders, it’s unlikely Arnette would have been available for Vegas in the third round. So, they reached to make sure they got their guy.
Round 3: No. 80: Lynn Bowden Jr., RB/WR - Kentucky
Lynn Bowden Jr. was one of the more intriguing names of this draft. He’s got experience as a wide receiver and running back (even quarterback too!), but it looks like he’s willing to do whatever the Raiders ask of him. His versatility could end up being a huge boost for the team.
Round 3: No. 81: Bryan Edwards, WR - South Carolina
Though they took Ruggs III in the first round, Mayock and Gruden went with another dynamic wide receiver. Bryan Edwards has a chance to be the biggest sleeper pick at the position from this draft.
Round 3: No. 100: Tanner Muse, LB/S - Clemson
To no surprise, the Raiders went with a guy out of Clemson. It’s expected that Tanner Muse will play linebacker.
Round 4: No. 109: John Simpson, OG - Clemson
Did somebody say Clemson? The Raiders went with Tigers in back-to-back picks. They got an “All-American” with John Simpson, who played in 50 games while at Clemson. Great value at this spot in the draft.
Round 4: No. 139: Amik Robertson, CB - Louisiana Tech
The best pick in the draft for the Raiders, in my opinion. It seemed like for days, fans were praying Amik Robertson would fall to them, and he did. His numbers were eye-popping, and he can be a difference-maker for the Raiders this season. Oh, did I mention he fell all the way to 139?
What grade would you give the Raiders’ draft?