The anticipation for next week’s NFL Draft is building and we take a look at just who the Raiders may land with the fourth overall pick – if they don’t trade up or down.
Heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, the Raiders have a rich of picks including three in the coveted first round. Given Jon Gruden’s erratic nature and the unknown that comes with Mike Mayock being a first time GM, all eyes will be on the Raiders to see who the duo tabs to take the team into the next era. Let’s take a look at some of the top players in the draft whom the Raiders may select with the fourth overall pick.
Why “Yes”: Bosa is regarded by many as the best pure player in this draft class. Given the Raiders lack of pass rushing talent, it is conceivable to think that they could even trade up to get the former Buckeye.
Why “No”: Unless Gruden falls in love with a QB that they must take, Bosa must be the pick if he is on the board when the Raiders are on the clock.
Why “Yes”: There are very few players in the NFL who are as big as Williams who can move just as nimbly. Williams was a wrecking crew all season long for Alabama and could provide help the Raiders generate a consistent pass rush with their front four.
Why “No”: The Raiders drafted two interior linemen last season and are relatively stable at that position. Williams was also just a one-year wonder so the lack of production could prove cause for concern.
Why “Yes”: Oliver has a unique size/speed combo that is very similar to defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s former star lineman in Cincinnati, Geno Atkins. Atkins made Guenther’s defense gel on Sundays, and Oliver could do the same in Oakland.
Why “No”: If the Raiders are to draft an interior defensive lineman early, Quinnen Williams will most likely still be on the board when the Raiders are on the clock, and he’s a better player than Oliver.
Why “Yes”: The Raiders need an edge rusher above all other positions. Allen is likely to be the best edge rusher on the board.
Why “No”: His smaller hands and light-on frame make him a difficult fit as a 3-down hand in the dirt edge defender in Guenther’s scheme.
Why “Yes”: Has the prototypical size to fit Guenther’s scheme, along with the versatility to play nearly every position along the defensive line depending on the situation. His elite measurables could translate to the field with the right developmental coaching.
Why “No”: Only had 9.5 sacks over three seasons (34 games played) and is a very raw prospect, lacking the requisite arsenal of pass rushing moves to avoid being a one-trick pony in the NFL.
Why “Yes”: He is a true sideline-to-sideline linebacker who at times plays with reckless abandonment. The Raiders have not had stability at the second level in over a decade, and White could provide that in spades on a rebuilding defense.
Why “No”: The Raiders invested in Vontaze Burfict and Brandon Marshall this off-season, so could be further inclined to plug other needs, especially considering as though White is not head and shoulders above any of the other defenders in the class talent wise.
A QB (Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins or Drew Lock)
Why “Yes”: If Jon Gruden is not sold on Derek Carr, and believes one of these QBs will be an upgrade, then it’s almost a necessity to pull the trigger on the most important position in football.
Why “No”: Derek Carr struggled at times last year but he also improved in the second half of the season and deserves a chance to be the guy. It may also be a good idea to keep Carr given how well his relationship with Antonio Brown has started, along with not wanting to put their star wideout offside with the team before they’re even conducting OTA practices.