ESPN’s Todd McShay released his first 2020 NFL mock draft Tuesday, and the Las Vegas Raiders are certainly going to be benefit from having two first round picks.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his first 2020 NFL mock draft on Tuesday, and in it, he has the Las Vegas Raiders adding talent at two positions of need in the first round. Sure, the Raiders need help in a number of positions, but these two players will be added to two position groups that are a liability at this point.
With the No. 11 overall pick, McShay likes the Raiders to add a cornerback, bringing in Paulson Adebo from Stanford. A great cover corner with soft hands, Adebo would be added to a secondary that has young talent in Trayvon Mullen, Daryl Worley, and Johnathan Abram, who missed nearly the entire season with a shoulder injury.
As has been the case in most years, the Silver and Black have struggled to get stops in the passing game, and Adebo is certainly a first round talent.
Later in round one, with pick No. 16, McShay has the Raiders adding an explosive playmaker to their wide receiver group. Laviska Shenault Jr. is not only one of the better talents in college football, but also one of the better stories, as he has had to overcome losing his father at a young age.
Shenault is a guy who can not only get the job done in the passing game, but also as a return man, making him a versatile piece of the puzzle. With how deep the wide receiver class is in the 2020 NFL Draft, it would make sense that the Raiders grab a piece of puzzle, especially with eight wideouts going in the first round in this mock draft.
Of course, it is very early to start predicting these things, but with the regular season winding down, it is never too early to see what the 2020 class may look like. The Raiders will be playing their first season in Las Vegas next Fall, and have a lot of pieces to add, but thankfully, they hold five picks within the first 100 selections next April.