2:22 p.m.: I missed this the other day. Reportedly, Richard Sherman will sign with the Raiders, 49ers or Jets after the draft. Interesting.
10:31 a.m.: Keep an eye on Texas safety Caden Sterns tonight.
Texas S Caden Sterns has been through a lot with the Longhotrns— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) April 30, 2021
Unmet expectations, school drama, "Eyes of Texas" drama, injuries & more ...
And then Jon Gruden called him out for his play in a pre-draft meeting
“It was actually really cool,” he said.https://t.co/5uF6nm9ODy
9:12 a.m.: Here is an example of the Raiders’ trend of reaching early in the draft.
Using @ArifHasanNFL consensus big board that aggregates dozens of boards each year, #Raiders have taken a player 16+ spots higher than ranking in 5/7 1st round picks since 2018:— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) April 30, 2021
Miller 30 spots higher
1:56 p.m.: The Raiders have signed restricted free agent Daniel Carlson, which was always happening.
The Raiders have re-signed RFA K Daniel Carlson.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 29, 2021
7:43 a.m.: How’s this for a draft-morning eye opener? The Raiders are one of five teams showing interest in Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. It would depend on what the cost is, for me to back this move.
10:59 a.m.: There is a new quarterback in the AFC West. The Broncos still could draft a quarterback in the first round. What this means to me is, the Drew Lock era is close to ending in Denver.
The #Panthers get the 191st overall pick in this year's draft in exchange for QB Teddy Bridgewater, per source, as well as cap flexibility in 2021 and 2022.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 28, 2021
The #Broncos get a quarterback their new GM, George Paton, knows well from Minnesota.
8:49 a.m.: Virginia Tech tackle Christian Darrisaw — who could be a Raiders’ target in the first round — has some medical issues teams are considering.
Christian Darrisaw should be fully healed soon and received a at his Combine medical. While his tape is considered very good, playing with a serious injury should be noted, as well. Either way, Darrisaw is viewed as a first-round tackle. https://t.co/XFv9zgQ5A4— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2021
12:23 p.m.: The draft rumors continue,
8:17 a.m.: Some around the NFL believe the Raiders will be getting a second-round talent at No. 17.
12:15 p.m.: The Raiders currently barely have enough salary cap room to pay their rookie class. They will likely have to create some more room.
As draft week begins, a look at how much cap space each team has, from Jacksonville to Chicago.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 26, 2021
Money to spend to sign draft classes, remaining free agents and potential post-draft moves. pic.twitter.com/ygS7NHe4Ti
9:44 a.m.: You can work at Allegiant Stadium on game days. How cool is that? Click on the link to check out the current job openings.
12:32 p.m.: Well, the Chiefs just got better.
Kansas City gets:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2021
OT Orlando Brown
2021 second-round pick (No. 58)
2022 6th round pick.
2021 first-round pick (No. 31)
third-round pick (No. 94)
fourth-round pick (No. 136)
2022 fifth-round pick
9:00 a.m.: The greatest NFL draft tradition is back: Roger Goodell bro hugs. Welcome back.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been vaccinated and will be allowed to hug the players who attend Thursday night’s draft.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2021
4:00 p.m.: First Arden Key and now Maurice Hurst. Hurst just tweeted he has joined the San Francisco 49ers, having signed with them on Wednesday. They were both cut by the Raiders a week ago.
8:50 a.m.: The NFL may make some changes to the NFL Combine in future years.
10:22 a.m.: The Raiders’ offseason program has begun.
The @Raiders, like all teams, begin Phase 1 of OTA's today. The team voted last week to skip the in-person phase of the program in favor of an all-virtual format. But from what I am told some players have shown up to the facility in Henderson this morning to get work in there— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) April 19, 2021
1:03 p.m.: The NFL schedule will be released in May.
For the second straight year, the 2021 NFL schedule will be released after the draft, per source. Not that there was much of a question about it, but it’s now official. Draft, then schedule.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 15, 2021
9:36 a.m.: Jadeveon Clowney is signing with the Cleveland Browns. He was connected to the Raiders, but I don’t think that was ever close to happening and that’s fine.
Browns are giving former Titans’ DE Jadeveon Clowney a one-year deal worth up to $10 million, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2021
10:49 a.m.: The NFL is getting serious about its commitment to vaccines. It will be interesting to see if any players and coaches are affected around the league.
The NFL informed clubs today any team employee who refuses a COVID-19 vaccination without “bona fide medical or religious ground” will be barred from Tier 1 or Tier 2 status, and thus have restricted access within the team facility and not work directly with players, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 13, 2021
10:01 a.m.: Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney — who has recently been connected to the Raiders — has a visit lined up in Cleveland.
Free agent pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney is set to fly to Cleveland on Tuesday night and visit with the #Browns on Wednesday, source said. His 2nd visit to the team. Nothing immiment right now, but the two sides have maintained contact and share mutual interest.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 12, 2021
2:52 p.m.: Oh no, OTA trouble may be brewing. Jon Gruden (and every coach) will be pissed if this happens. Stay tuned.
Only about 300 of 2,500 players have workout bonuses they’d lose if they skip OTAs. Under the CBA, the lone mandatory work prior to training camp is a June minicamp, which the union also wants to be virtual this year amidst the ongoing COVID pandemic. Talks with owners continue.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 9, 2021
9:17 a.m.: Here are the hats the Raiders’ upcoming draft picks will wear. Thoughts?
The 2021 Draft hat is here ☠️— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) April 9, 2021
Shop the look before our draft picks wear it first.
8:39 a.m.: Jon Gruden tells ESPN how he envisions Kenyan Drake fitting in Raiders’ offense.
5:31 p.m.: A.J Bouye, the first player the Raiders visited with this year, is nearing a deal with the Carolina Panthers,
Former Broncos CB A.J. Bouye is nearing agreement with Carolina Panthers per source. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 8, 2021
9:13 a.m.: Cornerback Richard Sherman said he will likely have to wait until after the April 29-May 1 draft to sign somewhere. He has been connected to the Raiders.
#49ers free-agent CB Richard Sherman says on the Cris Colinsworth Podcast Featuring Richard Sherman that he’ll have to wait until after the NFL Draft to find a place to play in 2021.https://t.co/9gFCSRzIYU— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) April 7, 2021
8:35 a.m.: The Arizona Cardinals have taken care of former Raiders’ center Rodney Hudson,
The old deal for #AZCardinals center Rodney Hudson had just $3.5M fully guaranteed. With the extension, he gets $10.9M fully guaranteed. The deal includes 2 voidable years for cap purposes. https://t.co/Q3SbNrKDv2— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 6, 2021
Here are Grant’s pro day numbers:
Official results from @UCF_Football pro-day:— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) April 1, 2021
DS Richie Grant
Hand 9 3/8
Arm 32 5/8
40-yd 4.54/4.49 (NFL scout ⏱️)
CB Aaron Robinson
9:14 a.m.: The Raiders were one of the teams to have defensive coaches at Central Florida’s pro day to see stud safety Richie Grant. He’s a possibility for the Silver and Black.