As we’ve seen, it doesn’t matter how much draft capital a team has. What’s important is how you spend it. Though it’s early, and a lot can change ... the one-year sample size from the Raiders’ 2020 draft class isn’t great.
Las Vegas had two first rounders and five picks in the top 100, it wasn’t a strong season for their rookies. In a recent article by Pro Football Focus via ESPN, they ranked all 32 draft class by the wins above the replacement metric. The Raiders’ class came in at No. 30 on the list.
Here’s what they had to say.
“All seven of the Raiders’ 2020 draft picks were selected within the first four rounds, and that group collectively ranked third-to-last in WAR generated among the 32 classes. Only one Las Vegas rookie generated positive WAR this season — wide receiver Bryan Edwards — and he barely eclipsed zero. The second of Las Vegas’ two first-round picks, cornerback Damon Arnette, had a rough rookie campaign over nine games played. He finished as the lowest-graded outside corner in coverage this season, giving up 26 catches for 405 yards on 32 targets.”
Henry Ruggs was the first wide receiver taken in the draft, which isn’t looking like a good pick at all, especially based on how many receivers behind him had great seasons. He spent time hurt, along with Damon Arnette, their other first rounder. Arnette was getting injured it seemed like every week.
Additionally, Tanner Muse never played a snap and Lynn Bowden Jr. was traded to the Dolphins before the season even began. Bryan Edwards showed promise in glimpses, but he didn’t really do much with the opportunity he was given.
Like I said, it’s only been one year and it’s unfair to grade an entire draft this early. Still, you would have hoped to see more production across the board.
After one year, what grade would you give the Raiders 2020 Draft?
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