The Draft Network – Joe Marino
Pick 13 – Henry Ruggs III, WR Alabama
Pick 18 – Shaun Wade, CB Ohio State
In the Draft Network’s most recent mock draft, Joe Marino has the Raiders selecting wide receiver Henry Ruggs and cornerback Shaun Wade with their two first round picks.
While playing at Alabama, Ruggs has competed on the highest stage and thrived thoroughly. In most cases, Ruggs will be the fastest player on the field, as he’s expected to run in the 4.2’s at the NFL combine.
Aside from his dynamic speed, he’s extremely twitchy throughout his act of play while retaining fluent route running. From time-to-time, speedy wide receiver prospects tend to have issues with their catching ability, but that shouldn’t be the case for Ruggs as he’s proven to be a consistent catcher of the football throughout his college career.
From a defensive standpoint, cornerback Shaun Wade would help benefit the Raiders banged up secondary in many aspects. Coming out of the high-strung Ohio State defense, Wade played primarily in the slot, while also seeing limited action outside the hashes.
Wade’s superior aggression and ability to shed blockers has developed his skill set into being a force in the screen and run game. From his pursuit in the run game, Wade could eventually be utilized in a hybrid role to maximize his efforts in a roaming safety position.