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NFL Draft order update post-regular season: Raiders pick 13th

Taking a look at the 1st round now that Week 18 is basically over

NFL: APR 27 2023 Draft
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While Week 18 is still going on with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills playing on Sunday Night Football, the regular season is officially over for the Las Vegas Raiders after they completed the season sweep of the Denver Broncos with the 27-14 victory on Sunday.

Since the Bills and Dolphins are in the playoffs, their matchup won’t impact the NFL Draft order anyway so let’s take a look at the order of the first round and where the Raiders fall.

The order below is courtesy of Tankathon.com.

1st Round Order

  1. Chicago Bears (via 2-15 Carolina Panthers)
  2. Washington Commanders 4-13
  3. New England Patriots 4-13
  4. Arizona Cardinals 4-13
  5. Los Angeles Chargers 5-12
  6. New York Giants 6-11
  7. Tennessee Titans 6-11
  8. Atlanta Falcons 7-10
  9. Chicago Bears 7-10
  10. New York Jets 7-10
  11. Minnesota Vikings 7-10
  12. Denver Broncos 8-9
  13. Las Vegas Raiders 8-9
  14. New Orleans Saints 9-8
  15. Indianapolis Colts 9-8
  16. Seattle Seahawks 9-8
  17. Jacksonville Jaguars 9-8
  18. Cincinnati Bengals 9-8

Playoff teams

Green Bay Packers 9-8, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-8, Houston Texans 10-7 (ARZ owns 1st-pick), Los Angeles Rams 10-7, Pittsburgh Steelers 10-7, Buffalo Bills 10-6*, Philadelphia Eagles 11-6, Kansas City Chiefs 11-6, Cleveland Browns 11-6 (HOU owns 1st-round pick), Detroit Lions 12-5, Miami Dolphins 11-5*, Dallas Cowboys 12-5, San Francisco 49ers 12-5, Baltimore Ravens 13-4


This is expected to be an interesting offseason for the Raiders with a lot of uncertainty to it. Big decisions will have to be made right off the back seeing as head coach Antonio Pierce and general manager Champ Kelly have been fulfilling their role on an interim basis. So, getting answers to those big questions will impact the information below as we take a look at some of Las Vegas’ biggest needs, threats and names to look for in the draft.

Needs

(listed in no particular order)

  • Quarterback
  • Cornerback
  • Defensive Tackle
  • Offensive Line

As it seems to always be with the Raiders, the team’s need for a signal caller could be up for debate as Aidan O’Connell had a solid showing as a rookie. Of the positions listed above, none more are impacted by the looming coaching and general manager hires.

The Silver and Black could use some added talent at corner as well, especially since Amik Robertson, who made 12 starts this year, is an impending free agent. Defensive tackle is in a similar position as the team got solid contributions from players like John Jenkins and Adam Butler. However, both are on one-year deals and will be in their 30s next season.

The offensive line will also be significantly impacted by free agency with Andre James’, Greg Van Roten’s and Jermaine Eluemunor’s contracts expiring. In other words, the three out of five positions in the trenches and the entire right side.

Threats

If the Raiders do want a quarterback in the first round, there are six teams drafting ahead of them that could take the guy they like; the Bears, Commanders, Patriots, Falcons, Vikings and Broncos. Also, clubs like New Orleans and Seattle could potentially look to trade up ahead of Las Vegas.

Names to Watch

(listed in no particular order)

  • QB Jayden Daniels, LSU
  • QB Michael Penix Jr, Washington
  • QB Bo Nix, Oregon
  • QB J.J. McCarthy, Michigan
  • CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama
  • CB Nate Wiggins, Clemson
  • DT, Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois
  • OT, JC Latham, Alabama
  • OT Amarius Mims, Georgia
  • OL Taliese Fuaga, Oregon State
  • OL Troy Fautanu, Washington

If you’re interested in checking out some quarterbacks, be sure to tune into tomorrow night’s College Football Playoff National Championship game as Penix Jr. and McCarthy will be on display with Washington taking on Michigan at 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN. That would also be an opportunity to get eyes on Fautanu, who is one of the top offensive line prospects and could play tackle or guard.