Thatâ€™s right, Raiders fans, the NFL Draft starts tomorrow!! And to help you get through this final day before one of the biggest drafts in franchise history, I figured I would throw out some predictions for what the Raiders do over the next three days.
Raiders trade back from 4 and draft Devin White
This isnâ€™t what I would like to see the Raiders do, but itâ€™s what my gut tells me theyâ€™re going to do. Many see Devin White as a difference maker who would have a big time impact on whatever teamâ€™s defense drafts him.
Thatâ€™s fair but I also think that the Raiders have bigger needs and there are better players available at those bigger needs. But when itâ€™s all said and done White is talented enough that he could absolutely end up being a great pick for the Raiders.
Raiders take two offensive players in their first four picks
The Raiders need defensive players bad. Real bad. Like thereâ€™s a legit reason to be a little bit scared about the defense at this point. And yet despite that, I fully expect the Raiders to draft at least two offensive players in the first four picks.
Free agency wasnâ€™t a fluke or a game plan to attack offense in free agency and defense in the draft. Free agency was an example of how Jon Gruden views team building. Go for a juggernaut offense and do just enough on defense.
Raiders end up with at least 10 picks
The Raiders currently have eight picks in the Draft but I expect that to change. I think the Raiders will trade back at least once in their first four picks and obtain two additional picks, a third rounder to replace the one they gave up for Antonio Brown and a late rounder as icing on the cake.
Raiders do not draft a QB
Many expect the Raiders to draft a quarterback this year and some expect it to happen in the first round. Iâ€™m leaning the exact opposite direction and am predicting they wonâ€™t take a quarterback at all.
I think Gruden has shown a propensity to prefer veteran quarterbacks over rookies (who he typically doesnâ€™t have much patience for) and the Raiders went out and signed Mike Glennon and Landry Jones. In those guys, I think Gruden believes he has a talent that he can mold (Glennon) and a veteran he can rely on in a pinch (Jones). I think Gruden is probably pretty happy with his QB room for this season, but will re-evaluate after this year,
Raiders trade back from 24 into the 2nd round
Thatâ€™s right, Iâ€™m predicting two trade backs in the first round, one of which takes the Raiders out of the first round.
I think there are going to be a lot of very good options available to the Raiders in the back of the first round. Because of that, I think the Raiders are comfortable giving up the number 24 pick in order to obtain more draft picks, knowing full well there will be a guy at 27 that they will love and another at 35 who will be very good.
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