Ok so technically it isnâ€™t a 7 round mock since the Raiders do not have any picks after the 5th round. But itâ€™s a complete mock because I played out every pick they had, plus some additional picks I required.
I traded back from number 19 twice and ended up with picks 33, 61 and 116. So instead of two first round picks and no second round picks, I ended up with one first round pick, two seconds and an extra fourth rounder.
In total, I ended up with nine selections.
I doubled up on both corner and wide receiver with the first four picks. They are the two biggest needs and there was a ton of talent in both groups this year.
At WR, I believe Jerry Jeudy and Bryan Edwards could be the number one and two receivers for the Raiders for years to come.
At corner, I love Jaylon Johnson and the trade backs from 19 were about being able to land him and extra draft capital. I double up with Damon Arnette because I really like him as a prospect and because the need is so big, I think taking two is the smart move.
I also doubled up on defensive end, not because of need or because of the position being deep. Rather, I took them for two reasons: first, itâ€™s how the draft fell and the later in the draft I get, the more BPA I lean. And second, I believe in the mantra: You can never have too many pass rushers.
The steal of this class, if you ask me, is Keâ€™Shawn Vaughn who I landed with the extra fourth round pick I acquired. I think Vaughn is more of a third round talent so the Raiders managed to get themselves a very good compliment to Josh Jacobs.
I took an OT in the third with Matt Peart. Some may not love this as it is not a high need but after watching Trent Brown struggle with injuries last year, finding a backup OT that is better than Brandon Parker feels very important. In Peart, I believe the Raiders have a guy who will be a better backup than Parker immediately and has the potential to develop into a starter.
Finally, I waited until the 5th round but I did eventually get Jon Gruden another toy to play with at the quarterback position in Anthony Gordon. I think Gordonâ€™s ceiling is limited but I also think he could be a good fit for what Jon Gruden does and a nice project for Gruden to develop.
I was hoping to take a safety and a linebacker as well, but with how the draft fell, that didnâ€™t end up happening. But thatâ€™s ok. I believe both of those positions will be fine for 2020, even if the Raiders may end up having to invest in those position groups in next yearâ€™s draft.