The Las Vegas Raiders need a legitimate WR1 this offseason, and the two best options in the 2020 NFL Draft could be off the board by pick No. 12.
Last season, the Las Vegas Raiders rolled with Tyrell Williams as their WR1, this after Antonio Brown was released prior to Week 1. Orginially, Williams was supposed to serve as the WR2 on the roster, and at the beginning of the 2019 campaign, he was a touchdown machine, finding the end zone in four straight games.
Unfortunately for Williams, he has to battle injuries during his first season in the Silver and Black, though he was still very productive. This offseason, look for general manager Mike Mayock to bring in a legitimate WR1 to the fold, moving Williams back to WR2, where he is an elite option.
There are options in free agency for Mayock to target, including guys like A.J. Green, Robby Anderson, and Emmanuel Sanders, but many in Raider Nation would love for them to utilize their No. 12 overall pick on the position. Most mock drafts have Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb and Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy as the top two players at the position group this April, and both would look outstanding in the Silver and Black.
However, as we inch closer to the 2020 NFL Draft, things are going to change, and right now, there is a great possibility that both could be off the board. The Arizona Cardinals should be in the market for a wideout, and sitting at No. 7 overall, a player like Lamb or Jeudy could go a long way in helping with the development of second-year starting quarterback Kyler Murray.
At No. 11, right before the Raiders pick, the New York Jets could be in the market for a new WR1, especially considering Robby Anderson is not likely to return to the team in 2020. Sam Darnold is another solid young quarterback who needs weapons on the outside, so it would not be shocking if Arizona and the Jets both selected a wideout before the Raiders first of two first round picks.
Of course, both Lamb and Jeudy could both still be on the board at pick No. 12, but as we have seen in every NFL Draft, wild things can happen. The Raiders need a legitimate WR1, but if Lamb and Jeudy are both gone at pick No. 12, the smart move would be utilizing both first round picks on the defense.