Let’s look at how the Las Vegas Raiders’ rookie class performed in a 30-12 Week 7 road loss at the Chicago Bears on Sunday as they prepare for a road game at the Detroit Lions on Monday.
Three of the team’s nine draft picks were inactive for the game. Sunday’s rookie inactives were fourth-round pick, cornerback Jakorian Bennet, sixth-round pick, linebacker Amari Burney and seventh-round pick, defensive tackle Nesta Jade Silvera. Bennett was inactive because he was injured, while Burney and Silvera were inactive because of coaching decisions.
Tyree Wilson: 82.9 PFF grade vs. the Bears (career high)— PFF Las Vegas Raiders (@PFF_Raiders) October 23, 2023
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The No. 7 overall pick had his best game. He got his first two quarterback hits and he was even credited for first sack on a weird Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the first half. Hey, take what you can get. He had two tackles for the second straight game and now has nine tackles in seven games. He played just 39 percent of the defensive snaps, A top-10 pick is basically a part-time player on a defense that badly needs pass-rush help.
After a solid two-game stretch, the second-round pick didn’t do much against the Bears as he had two catches for 13 yards. He was targeted four times. In the previous two games combined, he had seven catches on nine targets. It was a lousy overall day for the offense, so let’s not call this a setback for Mayer. Just a bad day for all,
The third-round pick from Alabama had no stats Sunday after playing 16 snaps on defense and five on special teams. Young has four tackles in six games. He’s not showing up much.
The speedy third-round pick is a change-of-pace rotational player. He had two catches for 16 yards and was targeted three times. The Cincinnati product had one carry for two yards. He played 49 percent of the offensive snaps, by far, the most he’s been on the field this season. So, the Raiders are trying to get him involved and they clearly like him more than big-dollar slot receiver Hunter Renfrow, who continues to not get much playing time.
O’Connell was the backup quarterback to Brian Hoyer at the Bears and was inserted in garbage time. He completed 10 of 13 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown and he threw his third interception in just over a game of play. Because this game was so out of hand, it’s difficult to really rate how he did. It will be interesting to see if he’s jimmy Garoppolo’s backup this week over Hoyer, assuming he’s not starting with jimmy G. out.
The fifth-round pick was active for the second time and played 18 plays on special teams and none on defense. So far, this season, he has played 36 snaps on special teams.
Overall, it was a nothing game for the whole squad, including the rooks. Maybe, just maybe Wilson is starting to come around a bit.