We have done a traditional mock previously and one with trades in it. While I do expect the Raiders to work the phones and likely make a trade or two, just for the sake of the current draft order, we’re not including trades in this mock.
I actually feel pretty good about this offering. There would be a lot of defense coming to Las Vegas with some solid offensive pieces as well.
No. 17 — Oklahoma State right tackle Teven Jenkins:
I have a change at the top. I’m going with Jenkins instead of USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker. I think Jenkins may be more of a Tom Cable-type and I think teams may be more sold on him as a sure tackle than Vera-Tucker. This pick fills a big need. (Sorry, Jaryd Jones-Smith).
No. 48 — Central Florida safety Richie Grant:
I’m sticking with Grant here. If he’s available at No. 48, it would be a solid pick. He would be a player with a high ceiling at a great value at a need position. Grant would get a chance to make an immediate impact on the secondary.
No. 79 (via Arizona) — Pittsburgh defensive end Patrick Jones III:
I had the Raiders getting him in my trade mock. I do worry that he may not be there at No. 79, but if he is, Jones could be a nice get.
No. 80 — Ohio State linebacker Baron Browning:
The Raiders need to develop young linebackers and Browning would be a great player to do that with. Drafting Jones and Browning back-to-back would be a home run.
No. 121 — Florida State defensive tackle Marvin Wilson:
Wilson was much more highly regarded earlier in his Seminoles’ career but he struggled and was hurt in 2020. Still, he might be someone Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock think they can reignite his NFL hopes.
No. 162 (via Miami) — Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman:
I could see Gruden being turned off by Newman opting out of the 2020 season, but a year ago, he was considered a first-round pick. Why not take a flier this late in the draft for a project?
No. 167 (via Seattle) — California tackle Jake Curhan:
He is big at 6’5, 330 pounds and he performed at a high level. He’d be a steal here.
No. 200 — Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell:
We couldn’t conclude a Gruden-Mayock draft without a Clemson player, right? Powell quietly came on in 2020. He has an NFL body and he does a lot of things right. A worthwhile choice this late.