Las Vegas Raiders: Ten 2021 NFL Draft Sleepers to know

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It’s a given that you need to hit on your first-round pick, but the Las Vegas Raiders need to finding gems on Day 2 and 3.

The NFL Draft is just around the corner, and fans are eager to see what the Las Vegas Raiders will do at pick #17. The first round has been ripe with controversy the past few seasons, with the Raiders often abandon consensus thought and selecting their guys regardless of their pick value.

The result so far has not been in their favor, but expecting them to change at this point is not something that seems feasible.

But for sustained success, the Raiders need to have a complete draft with capable players in multiple rounds. Players like Maxx Crosby and Hunter Renfrow in the 2019 class are prime examples. Not stars necessarily, but talented starters who have helped make this team far more competitive than they were a few years ago.

That is not to say finding gems like this are easy, but that is why you pay the front office big money. Sleepers In the draft are given that namesake for a reason.

So who are some of the players this year that may surprise?

To judge that, we will be looking at The Athletic’s consensus board that ranks the top 300 prospects on over 50 big boards. Every NFL team has its process outside of the one used in the media, but if you look at the past consensus boards, they tend to be decently accurate.

So here are ten prospects who have the potential to be a lot better than their current rankings suggest.