Oakland Raiders: 7-Round mock draft after Super Bowl LIII
By Brad Weiss
Three of the four safeties on the Raiders roster heading into the 2019 offseason are free agents, which means there is a lot of work to do in terms of bolstering the position group. Former first rounder Karl Joseph really stepped up big time in 2018, and should be a cornerstone for this secondary moving forward, but he needs help.
While Erik Harris should be back, the Raiders have to bring in new bodies, and J.R. Reed, the son of a former NFLer should be considered here in the seventh round. Reed is a guy who has great instincts from his safety position, and plays the game with incredible knowledge. He is certainly a guy who should hear his name called in April.
One player I really like is Antoine Wesley from Texas Tech, who has the size, and route-running ability to be a solid player at the NFL Level. Wesley burst onto the scene for the Red Raiders last season, racking up over 1,400 yards and nine touchdowns, and is also a fantastic blocker. He was recently invited to the combine and is someone to keep an eye on.
So there it is, a full 7-round mock draft for the Oakland Raiders as we head into the offseason. The NFL Scouting Combine is on the horizon, and with so much draft capital heading in, you can be sure that Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock, and their scouts will be hard at work looking for players to help improve this team in 2019 and beyond.