Just Blog Baby staff’s dueling Las Vegas Raiders 7-round mock draft
By Evan Groat
Sanjit T’s Final Raiders 7-round Mock Draft
The Raiders lack a wide receiver who can catch the ball and make explosive plays. The best playmaker in college football should still be there at pick No. 12 in the person of Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb. Lamb broke 26 tackles and had 682 yards after catching the ball, both ranked in the top-3 in all of college football.
C.J. Henderson could be the pick at 12, as he is ranked as my CB2, and is very sticky in coverage. The game that sticks out to me is the one against eventual champion LSU. The Gators had him shadow next year’s No. 1 wideout Ja’marr Chase, and he did a great job when he was playing man to man, only giving up two catches on seven targets.
If he is on the board, there is no way the Raiders will pass on Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. He would sit behind Derek Carr for one year while he learns Gruden’s offense and could compete for a starting spot in one to two years. At the very least, he is a great backup quarterback, one that won’t cost almost $10M a year.
Although they’ve already signed two linebackers, they can get Troy Dye from Oregon to put the three in 4-3, as in Paul Guenther’s defensive scheme. Dye is a big, lengthy linebacker at 6’4″, who can be a three-down player, and while the position group is improved, the Raiders should not be done adding to it.
Corner is the most important position on defense, and the slot position is the hardest position to play after quarterback. Fill in Amik Robertson from Louisiana Tech, who will be an excellent slot corner in the NFL. He is tough, physical and isn’t scared to hit a pulling offensive guard.
The Raiders could be moving on from Gabe Jackson due to his high salary cap hit, and Netane Muti could be an instant starter over a veteran like Denzelle Good. Of course, you could start Good and groom Muti to take over Richie Incognito‘s spot in one to two years, making this pick a win-win, and a long-term investment.
Rumors are the Raiders have reached out to Isaiah Hodgins, and have shown interest in the Oregon State wide receiver. Hodgins is 6’4″, and can be the replacement for Tyrell Williams in a year or two. With the Beavers, Hodgins was a starter from Day 1, and last year, he racked up 13 touchdowns and over 1,100 yards receiving.