Oakland- The last couple of weeks have been stressful for the Raiders’ organization because they wanted to get their picks right. During the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Raiders did the unthinkable and used their first pick to get defensive end, Clelin Ferrell. A lot of fans were upset at the move because they wanted to Nick Bosa, but the Raiders felt like Ferrell was a good fit for the team. Ferrell was projected to go late in the first round, but the Raiders decided to take a chance on him. They like his size, leadership capabilities, as well as his speed.
“I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t surprised but I always felt like I was going to be a Raider because I had such a good relationship and good meetings with the Raiders,” Ferrell said. “It was such a great process.”
The second pick that the Raiders selected was Alabama running back Josh Jacobs. Since Marshawn Lynch and the Raiders parted ways, Oakland had to go get a running back to replace what they lost. Jacobs has a cutback presence that is very rare with running backs that are coming out of college. He is a very good blocker and he has power and speed that the Raiders are looking for.
“I’m happy that I’m on the same team as Ferrell and not going against him,” Jacobs said. “Even the 27th pick [Abram], the dude is a good player, too. I played against him multiple times. Every time he brings the energy, and he’s a thumper.”
The last pick that the Raiders selected in the final stages of the 1st round was Mississippi State’s Safety Johnathan Abram. Abram was a safe pick because he was not a top pick at his position. Abrams is very good with press coverage and has the skills to make tackles in the open field. At times, he does get burnt on give and gos, because he is too aggressive, but he will get better with time.
The Raiders had a good day in the first round, lets see how they do in the second round.