Three players the Raiders should not take at number 10
The Oakland Raiders will have plenty of great players available to them when they make their first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft with the 10th pick of the first round. But while there are plenty of ways to make the team better, there are some names that the Silver and Black would be wise to shy away from when they are on the clock.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Although DJ Moore is my top wide receiver in the draft (I’ll admit I am in the minority here), Ridley is widely considered to be the best receiver in this draft. This thought process has led to Ridley being a common name in the top 10 of Twitter GM mock drafts, and it’s scary to think that a team could pass on some great defensive prospects to reach for Alabama’s former #1 pass catcher. Don’t get me wrong, franchise Quarterback Derek Carr would love him, but he’s not going to be the best player available so I wouldn’t take him this high.
Both of these guys are worthy of first round selections, but taking either of them at #10 is a tad too high given the talent that should be available. If Gruden and McKenzie happened to trade back into the mid-late portion of the first round, I’d feel great about selecting Williams or Crosby and picking up some more draft picks in the process.
Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
Davenport has been seen as a possible selection for the Raiders to pair opposite Khalil Mack, but Davenport is not someone I see as a top 10 player in this draft. He’s super athletic and has a ton of raw talent, but “raw” is the key word here and I want their first round selection to be plugged right in and depended on to be impactful out of the gate. If they HAD to go pass rusher at #10, I’d go with Harold Landry over Davenport. Maybe the former UTSA Roadrunner falls to round 2? Doubt it, but I’d feel comfortable taking him at that point.