Isaiah Simmons, LB Clemson
Its not very likely the Raiders will be in a position to take Isaiah Simmons. It would take them losing the rest of their three games left on the schedule and some lower end teams pulling together a few wins to get in the 7-12 range that will most likely be needed to have a chance at drafting him.
The fact that there is still that possibility though is why hes the first player profiled here.
Simmons can do it all. Originally coming in as a safety his freshman year, he bulked up and is now listed as a linebacker, though he plays more as a hybrid of the two positions. At 6′ 4″ 230 lbs. he’s got the size to body up and cover any tight end.
Which in a division where you see Travis Kelce, Hunter Henry, and up and coming rookie Noah Fant twice a year, would fill one of the biggest holes the Raiders have had for a long time. On top of that, his speed allows him to be able to cover running backs out of the backfield, and come off the edge to get after the quarterback.
Simmons would be a one stop shop for a rare combination of size, speed, and mobility sideline to sideline that this defense has so desperately needed. Not to mention Mike Mayock would get the opportunity to dip into that Clemson well once again.