With teams jockeying to move up the draft board this April, you can expect the draft order to look different before the Las Vegas Raiders pick at No. 12.
The 2020 NFL Draft is going to be an exciting time for the Las Vegas Raiders, as they not only are going to host the festivities, but they hold two first round selections. Like they did last year, the Raiders can certainly improve their roster in a big way this April, as they hold two picks within the first 20 selections.
The Raiders have a host of needs heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, so even with movement ahead of them, they should be able to get a player of need this early in round one. There are elite prospects at wideout in this draft class, and if teams are in desperate need of a quarterback and move up, the Raiders should be able to get one of them at No. 12 overall.
First things first, we will have to see where the Derek Carr domino falls, as that is by far the biggest one for the Silver and Black this offseason. There are at least four teams ahead of the Raiders who need a quarterback, and after they pick at No. 12, the Indianapolis Colts (13), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (14) also could be in the market for one as well.
That means the Colts and Buccaneers could trade up to get in front of the Raiders, and with the Carolina Panthers (7), and Los Angeles Chargers (6), possibly looking to move up, there is going to be a lot of movement in round one. The New York Giants sit at No. 4 overall, and they have their quarterback as well, so the draft really will not start to get interesting until the Detroit Lions pick at No. 3.
For the Raiders, they have an immediate need at linebacker, cornerback, and wide receiver, as I see those as the three biggest holes on this roster heading into the draft season. At wide receiver, guys like CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy are considered the top of the list, and at linebacker, imagine what the Raiders could do with a player like Isaiah Simmons from Clemson, who is starting to get top-mention.
Of course, all of these players could fall if teams jockey for positioning to get their quarterback, so the Raiders at No. 12 are sitting in a prime spot. Mike Mayock did a tremendous job with his first draft as a general manager in 2019, and with two more first rounders, and five picks in the first 91 selections, he has the draft capital to improve this roster in a big way once again.