Raiders 2021 7-round mock draft: Las Vegas bolsters both lines early
The Raiders have an elite option at running back in Josh Jacobs, and have done a nice job building around him with players like Jalen Richard, and 2020 draft pick Lynn Bowden Jr. However, outside of those three guys, the depth is just not there, and the team has spent the offseason bringing in Devontae Booker and Theo Riddick, while also bringing back Rod Smith.
With one of their two seventh round selections, the Raiders should look at Oregon’s C.J. Verdell, who does so many good things with the football, and can get you tough yards when needed. He has had his injuries during his time with the Ducks, but he is a tough runner, and could be a nice compliment to some of the pass-catchers the team has behind Jacobs right now.
As is the case with the Clemson Tigers, we could not go a full 7-round Raiders mock draft without Mayock selecting someone from the Alabama Crimson Tide. In the seventh round, with their final selection, they pick Josh Jobe, a cornerback for the Tide that is expected to step in and be a starter in 2020.
Las Vegas did a nice job bolstering the cornerback room this offseason, adding guys like Prince Amukamara, Amik Robertson, and first rounder Damon Arnette. Jobe will pair with possible first round pick Patrick Surtain Jr. in the starting lineup for the Tide, and if he can put some more good tape on, he may not even be here when the Raiders wrap up their 2021 draft.