Tis the season of the mock draft but in this Raiders mock draft, Kelly Kriner gives you three options on each of Las Vegas’ two first-round picks.
With two first-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders will have a chance to fill some holes with high impact players on day one and fill more needs in later rounds. If there is one thing that Raiders fans should expect, it’s to expect the unexpected. With that in mind, this Raiders mock draft will be a bit different as the NFL Combine rolls on.
Needs at wide receiver and linebacker are the most glaring but I don’t expect general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden to zero in on a need over talent. Don’t buy into the draft myth saying you miss on picks when you draft for need. The truth is you miss on picks when you reach for need.
With my first mock draft I am going to pick three different players which are possibilities for Las Vegas.
The first pick will be a pick based on need, the second will be a luxury pick, and the third is a wild card pick. For example, Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 overall last year would have been a wild card pick because even though he filled a need, it was a minor surprise he went that early in the draft.
Ok, so let’s jump in with my first mock draft of 2020
Round 1, Pick #12
Need pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR Alabama
I don’t expect Jeudy to be available here after the combine but almost every mock draft you see has him still on the board so I will grab him here. He is my WR1 but the difference between the trio of Jeudy, Lamb, and Ruggs is slim so best available could easily be the pick for the Raiders.
Luxury Pick: Tristan Wirfs, OT Iowa
Wirfs is an athletic freak that may just destroy the combine. Several teams believe he may have to move inside to guard which could make him available for the Raiders. Gabe Jackson could be a cap casualty and Wirfs would not only be a cheaper option but make the already good line one of the best in the NFL.
Wild Card: Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina
DT isn’t a pressing need but I can see Gruden fall in love with Kinlaw’s size and speed. The Ed Oliver at 4 rumors were flying around on draft day last year and with Kinlaw the Raiders could have a deep rotation at DT to get consistent pressure up the middle.