SI – Kevin Hanson
#12 Jerry Jeudy: WR, Alabama
The theme of taking a wide receiver at #12 hasn’t changed for a while now and don’t expect it to. Sports Illustrated’s Kevin Hanson also has the Raiders taking the Alabama receiver and gives similar reasoning that most have:
“”Jeudy is a polished route-runner with breakaway speed that can immediately step into the WR1 role,” Hanson says in the piece. For the Raiders, the need for a legitimate WR1 is a big one, and this is a kid who can step in right away and really be not only a deep threat, but someone who can take the pressure off of guys like Darren Waller, Renfrow, and Tyrell Williams in the passing game.
#19 Kristian Fulton – CB, LSU
Though unlike the first two mocks, Hanson doesn’t have the Raiders taking a linebacker, but instead goes with a secondary player in Kristian Fulton. Hanson believes with the Raiders having traded Gareon Conley and with Daryl Worley being an unrestricted free agent, corner becomes a need worth addressing early
Fulton is a fantastic prospect that probably shouldn’t even be available at his pick, but he has been on multiple mock over the past few weeks. He has excellent feet and patience at the line of scrimmage in man coverage and is also very capable off playing off man. The ability to do both is rare and makes him a player that can probably fit in any system.
Now, what is likely making him a top 20 prospect instead of top 10 is concerns about his athleticism. Like Trevon Diggs, Fulton doesn’t have great long speed and has some issues staying in phase with speedy wideouts. However, is his production in the SEC is undeniable, and he’s’s consistently gone against elite talent and held his own.