With the Combine in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look at some updated NFL Mock Drafts to see who the experts are predicting the Raiders on Day 1.
With the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine in the rearview mirror, all eyes now turn to the 2023 NFL Draft, where the Las Vegas Raiders hold the No. 7 overall selection. For the first time as general manager, David Ziegler will be picking on Day 1, and there are plenty of elite players for him to choose from picking in the top 10.
Here, we look at the recent 2023 NFL Mock Drafts, and where the Raiders could go with their first-round pick.
Raiders picks in recent 2023 NFL Mock Drafts
NFL.com: Lance Zierlein
- Pick No. 3: CJ Stroud
In his latest mock over at NFL.com, Lance Zierlein has David Ziegler swinging for the fences, moving up to No. 3 overall to select Ohio State signal-caller, CJ Stroud. Zierlein points to Stroud’s efforts at the Combine, where he put on a passing display, and with Las Vegas, he becomes the present and future at the position.
The Draft Network: Jamie Eisner
- Pick No. 7: CJ Stroud
Over at the Draft Network, Jamie Eisner’s latest mock draft has the Raiders staying put at No. 7 overall, and still being able to pick up Ohio State star quarterback, CJ Stroud. In his mock, Anthony Richardson parlays his monster NFL Scouting Combine to go No. 1 overall to Indianapolis, with Alabama’s Bryce Young going No. 2 to Houston.
Stroud is way too good of a prospect to fall to No. 7 overall, and he did nothing to hurt his draft stock in Indy. If the Raiders hope to land him, they will have to pick within the top 5.
Bleacher Report: Scouting Department
- Pick No. 7: Myles Murphy
Bleacher Report posted a mock draft after the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine that was put together by their NFL Scouting Department. In this mock, Las Vegas once again sits at No. 7 overall, but by the time they pick, all of the elite quarterbacks are off the board.
That leads to David Ziegler and his staff bringing in an elite edge rusher to team with Maxx Crosby in Myles Murphy from Clemson. That would be a welcome sight to Madd Maxx and likely lead to the team moving on from Chandler Jones.
CBS Sports: Ryan Wilson
Pick No. 7: Anthony Richardson
Ryan Wilson over at CBS Sports put together a recent mock draft after the Combine as well, and he, like many others, has the Silver and Black going quarterback in the top 10. In his mock, Las Vegas is able to stay at No. 7 and still get Anthony Richardson, a quarterback some mock draft experts have going as high as No. 1 overall.
Richardson had an outstanding week in Indianapolis, and is more likely to catapult to a top 3 pick than still be available at No. 7. If he is there, the selection could end up being the steal of the draft.
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As you can see, nobody really knows what the Raiders plan to do with the No. 7 overall pick, but the selection is definitely trending toward the quarterback position. Las Vegas has no real answer at the position as we enter free agency, a period that could change their needs in the first round in a big way.