Three players the Raiders could look at in round five
This is when Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie really makes his money. In the fifth round through undrafted free agency is when McKenzie has found gems like T.J. Carrie, Stacy McGee, Latavius Murray, Mychal Rivera, Denico Autry, Seth Roberts and many others. So who will be next? Here are a few names who should be available in the fifth for the Raiders to consider:
Jamaal Williams, RB
Though the Raiders signed Marshawn Lynch, it’s only a short term deal and it won’t be long before they will need to find his replacement as far as being a complimentary back to Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. Jamaal Williams would be a very good option to fill that role once the one known as Beast Mode is no longer playing for the Silver and Black. There’s nothing fancy about what Williams does, it’s just old fashioned smashmouth football. He doesn’t dance around in the backfield, he puts his head down and goes. He has a few moves, including a nasty stiff arm and a spin move, that he can use in the open field, but he’s a guy who makes his money between the tackles, pushing piles.
Julie’n Davenport, OT
If he falls to the Raiders in the fifth round this is a guy I would to have them target. Davenport is nowhere near being ready to play in the NFL but his physical traits are what offensive line coaches’ dreams are made of. He’s 6’7 and 318 pounds with long arms and plenty of strength. His feet aren’t as light and agile as you typically want for an offensive tackle, but Davenport is so massive he can cover enough ground in a step or two that it helps negate being a bit slow. He’s athletic enough to get the job done but won’t be among the most athletic tackles in the game by any stretch. Davenport is incredibly raw and played against subpar talent at Bucknell but with the right coaching has all of the tools to be a very good left tackle. It might take a year or two to develop him but he’s got the right mentality for that kind of work. A team captain with no red flags for effort or personality, Davenport will put the work in.
Deatrich Wise, Jr, DE
Wise played DE in a 4-3 in college but some think he is better suited for a 3-4 DE because he isn’t quick enough to do much as an edge rusher in the NFL. But he has insanely long arms (six batted passes in college) and plays with a ton of power. He seems like a guy the Raiders might be able to put to good use in their varied front. He can play DE in the 3-4 then might be a guy they could move to DT on clear passing downs. One of his best pass rush moves is a bull rush and that could help give the Raiders what they are missing, someone to collapse the pocket.
- April 29, 2020
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- james arcellana