The Raiders will have three draft picks in the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. They acquired two draft picks via trade, from the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys. They did give up a premium in doing so, giving up Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper.
After the Divisional round of the playoffs came to a close, the Raiders found out when they will be selecting their picks.
When will the Raiders be picking?
- No. 4
- No. 24 (Bears Pick)
- No. 27 (Cowboys Pick)
Positions of need
- Defensive End/ Defensive Tackle
- Wide Receiver
The Raiders will more than likely select a pass rusher with one of their three first round selections. They finished the year with 13 sacks, which ranks last in the NFL. At times the Raiders had three rookies starting on the defensive line last season. Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams and Clelin Ferrell are possible candidates to join their young defensive line.
After trading Amari Cooper, the Raiders really lacked a No. 1 Wide Receiver that stresses out opposing teams. Their wide receiver core for the 2019-2020 season currently sits as, Jordy Nelson, Seth Roberts and Marcell Ateman. They will look to add depth and give Derek Carr some more weapons.
The Raiders haven’t had a stable linebacker for years. The turnover at the linebacker position has been an evolving door for almost a decade. Their linebacking core is a very young and inexperienced group of guys minus Tahir Whitehead. They signed Whitehead last offseason, who has seven years under his belt.
An improved safety would definitely help the Raiders secondary from getting beat over the top by wide receivers. For the majority of the season the Raiders had 35-year-old Reggie Nelson starting at safety, who was getting exposed by opposing receivers. Nelson and Marcus Gilchrist will both become free agent safeties this offseason.
The two starting corner backs have been established for the Raiders. Gareon Conley (former first-round pick) and Daryl Worley locked down the two corner positions as the season went on. Worley will become a free agent, although Gruden has expressed his interest in retaining the young corner to become a part of the Raiders future. They likely won’t use an early pick for another corner, but is a position where they need more depth.
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