7 New Year’s resolutions for the Oakland Raiders in 2019

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 28: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders reacts after a Derek Carr #4 one-yard touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 28, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 28: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders reacts after a Derek Carr #4 one-yard touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 28, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 16: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #82 of the Oakland Raiders catches a ball as he warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on September 16, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 16: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #82 of the Oakland Raiders catches a ball as he warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on September 16, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Bring in No. 1 wideout

The Raiders went into the 2018 NFL season with Amari Cooper firmly planted at the top of the depth chart at the wide receiver position. However, by the end of the season, Cooper was playing for the Dallas Cowboys, and the team was relying on an aging Jordy Nelson to lead the way down the stretch.

Nelson is in the second year of a two-year deal in 2019, and will be expected to play a big role in the offense once again. Seventh-round pick Marcell Ateman looked very good playing in extended time in the final weeks of the season, and while he is not a top option at the position, he is someone who will be expected to produce, especially in the red zone in 2019.

Even with Nelson back, the Raiders need a true top option at wide receiver next season, and will likely spend an early draft pick on the position, possibly with one of their three first round picks. Guys like Kelvin Harmon, A.J. Brown, or Marquise Brown should be available late in round one, where the Raiders will be picking twice in the last seven selections.