Raiders Day 3 Target – Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech
The Raiders’ wide receiver group received one hell of an upgrade this offseason by way of the Adams trade. Joining Hunter Renfrow to create one of the NFL’s best receiving duos should have Raider Nation salivating. While this is true, the group could still use another addition, so why not Erik Ezukanma on Day 3?
The six-foot-two, 209-pound prospect isn’t the speediest in this year’s class, but in the right system with the right play calling, an NFL team such as the Raiders could unlock his potential. He averaged 15.7 yards per reception during his four-year career at Texas Tech, accumulating 15 touchdowns through the air.
However, it should be noted that during his final year, the team’s play-calling saw Ezukanma used in other ways. Out of the backfield, he amassed 138 rushing yards while finding the endzone twice.
Even though he didn’t run at the NFL Combine, Ezukanma posted a 4.49 time in his pro day 40-yard dash. Again, he’s not known for his speed, but rather for how he uses his size in open space. Ezukanma has the talent and physical ability to make those big, tough contested catches. Thanks to his notable length, he has the reach to go up and grab those, but at the same time, he’s not afraid of contact and will go over the middle to make something happen in traffic.
It could be argued that the Raiders already have a similar talent in Bryan Edwards. However, Edwards has yet to show he’s earned significant playing time. He was improperly utilized under Jon Gruden, but as we know, this new regime believes in competition. Surely Edwards wouldn’t be afraid of Ezukanma giving him some opposition.