Las Vegas Raiders 2020 draft class could produce four immediate starters
By Brad Weiss
Youth will be served on the 2020 Las Vegas Raiders, and the 2020 draft class could see more than half their class start as rookies.
The 2019 draft class for the then-Oakland Raiders yielded immediate results, as running back Josh Jacobs became one of the best young backs in the game, and nearly won the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. In addition, edge rusher Maxx Crosby was a beast on the outside, racking up double-digits in sacks, which nearly eclipsed the entire team mark from the year before.
Safety Johnathan Abram looked like the real deal before injuries derailed his season in Week 1, and once he got healthy, No. 4 overall pick Clelin Ferrell ended his first season playing his best football. Second round pick Trayvon Mullen looked all the bit the part of a CB1, and Hunter Renfrow ended his rookie campaign with back-to-back 100-yard games.
Overall, it was quite the haul for general manager Mike Mayock in his first draft in that role, but he could have an even better class entering the NFL in 2020. Seven selections across four rounds brought the Raiders players who turned positions of needs into strength, and at least four could be in the starting lineup in Week 1.
We all know that Henry Ruggs III, the team’s top pick in 2020, will start atop the Raiders depth chart at wide receiver, but a few other of his fellow 2020 classmates could follow him as starters immediately.