- Justin Jefferson, LSU, Round 2
- Laviska Shenault, Colorado, Round 3
- Bryan Edwards, South Carolina, Round 4
- Tyler Johnson, Minnesota, Round 4
- Van Jefferson, Florida, Round 5
Justin Jefferson from LSU stands above the rest in this category because of his ability as a route runner is second only to Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy in this class. Laviska Shenault Jr. and Bryan Edwards have similar film, and both can get you the tough yards in short siutations.
Both Shenault and Edwards are physically imposing wide receivers built more like running backs, and we saw what a player like that can do for an offense with A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans last season. Both are also great after the catch but more to do with the punishing style they run the ball with than elite speed or elusiveness.
Johnson and Jefferson are average athletes for the wide receiver position but their polish running routes and situational awareness pushes them up the wide receiver rankings. The bottom line is the Raiders can get players up and down this draft that can fill holes in a position group that needs revamping outside of Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfrow.
On the offensive side of the ball, the wide receiver spot is really the only glaring weakness, unless you feel the team needs to bring in a new quarterback this offseason. The duo of Williams and Renfrow is solid when it comes to WR2 and the slot man, but in terms of adding someone at the top of the depth chart, that will have to come via the draft, or even free agency.