The AFC West is loaded with talented wide receivers but where do the Las Vegas Raiders rank in the division heading into the 2021 season?
The Las Vegas Raiders have been on the hunt for a true number one receiver for several years since the departure of Michael Crabtree in free agency. Jon Gruden has thrown a bunch of stuff at the wall to see what sticks by making moves in free agency for the likes of Jordy Nelson, and through trades for players like Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown.
The Raiders have also used some significant draft capital at the position by taking Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards in the first and third round respectively in 2020. The closest the team has gotten to finding a number one guy has been Nelson Agholor, who initially arrived as a backup but took over due to injury.
Agholor earned a big contract with the New England Patriots and now the Raiders are back to square one on that hunt.
Coming into Year 4 of the latest Jon Gruden era, the Raiders have built a strong offensive identity around a power running game and a dynamic tight end in Darren Waller that functions as a number one receiver. However, compared to the rest of the division they are lagging behind in outside weapons until we see some major development from the young guys.
With that in mind, let’s jump into the wide receiver rankings for the AFC West starting with a top-heavy group that’s not very deep.