Looking back at the Raiders 2019 NFL Draft class
The rest of the 2019 picks
Fortunately for Raider Nation, the front office nailed the rest of this class. In the second round, the Raiders added Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen. A quality cornerback when healthy, he is likely to start once again in 2022. However, the team would not pick again until the fourth round at 106 overall.
That pick paid huge dividends however as the Raiders added defensive end, Maxx Crosby, from Eastern Michigan. Filling the void left by the Khalil Mack trade, Crosby has 25 sacks in three seasons and led the league in QB pressures last season. After a Pro Bowl selection, he was rewarded with a massive 4-year, 94 million dollar contract in the off-season.
The Raiders also were able to add backup tight end Foster Moreau in the fourth round as well. Often playing second fiddle to Darren Waller, he is quite a talent in his own right and could have a breakout under new head coach Josh McDaniels.
The hits kept coming in the fifth round as well when the Silver and Black added wide receiver, Hunter Renfrow from Clemson. Diminutive in nature, his uninspiring athletic profile made him a day three pick. Now, Vegas reaps the rewards as he broke out in a big way last season with 103 receptions, 1,038 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns. On his way to a big payday of his own, Renfrow is one of the NFL’s most reliable receivers.
The Raiders have done a masterful job of acquiring game-changing talent this offseason. However, they still need to plug some holes in the draft.
Despite the misses in the first round, they salvaged the entire draft with their selections in later rounds. So yes, the 2019 NFL Draft did transform the Raiders roster. However, it was not done with the picks many expected that it would be.