Thursday kicked off the on-field workouts for the 2022 NFL Combine, and for the Raiders, all eyes were on the wide receivers.
On Thursday, the on-field workouts began for the 2022 NFL Combine, and for the Las Vegas Raiders, all eyes were on the wide receivers. This is a position group that is going to be revamped in a big way this offseason, and with the Combine officially kicking off draft season, it was an exciting day for Raider Nation.
Going into this offseason, Hunter Renfrow returns to the Silver and Black, but outside of Bryan Edwards and guys like Dillon Stoner, Tyron Johnson, and DJ Turner, there is not much talent coming back. That means the Raiders will target the wide receiver group in a big way this offseason, and that scouting started on Thursday.
We saw some incredible numbers in the 40-yard dash, something Mr. Davis would have loved, but we also saw some guys really stand out and put them in first-round consideration. Of course, there was the two Ohio State stars, Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, but Notre Dame’s Kevin Austin Jr. turned some heads and of course the blazing speed of Baylor’s Tyquan Thornton.
Overall, Thursday showed us that the 2022 NFL Draft is loaded with talent at the wide receiver position, and that cannot come at a better time for the Silver and Black.
Raiders need help in a big way at wide receiver
Zay Jones and DeSean Jackson played a role for the Raiders down the stretch, and while I believe they should bring back Jones, Jackson is likely gone. That means the Raiders will go after some big names in the draft, and in free agency, and there is certainly a lot of veteran talent out there.
Recently, our Jason Willis put together a piece on the team possibly also trading for a superstar wideout like DK Metcalf, and you can read that here. Overall, the stage is set for a revamping of this position group.
New Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels is saying all the right things at this year's NFL Combine, especially with regards to quarterback Derek Carr.
Las Vegas should attack this position group in free agency, and the draft, and they have already started the groundwork by interviewing a bunch of wideouts heading into the workouts. There are a bunch of legitimate first-round talents at the position group this year, so if the Raiders choose to, selecting a wideout at No. 22 overall is certainly a possibility.