The day has officially arrived for which every Raider fan has waited ever so patiently for months now. It’s the 2019 NFL Draft from the home of the Tennessee Titans. Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock will have the world watching them as they get to carefully select the newest members of the Raiders organization. Here at the Raider Ramble, we have been discussing what might unfold on opening night. Below is a compilation of what some of the writers of the Ramble believe will shake down with the 3 choices in round one of the draft.
A.J. DeMello @humorousfiend
If the Raiders stay at #4, Quinnen Williams and Nick Bosa are both likely off the board. This whole offseason this team has coveted versatility- which DT Ed Oliver of Houston is. Oliver’s rare athletic ability paired with Mo Hurst inside would improve the Raiders defensive push immediately.
#24 Will be DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson. He’s more than capable of rushing the passer and holding the edge. Would be tremendous value at this pick. If Hollywood Brown is available though, hold on to your behind.
#27 Will be OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College. This is a pick that gives the Raiders a zone blocker to fit their system and a cheap option at guard for years. Lindstrom is widely regarded as one of the best o-linemen in this draft.
24. Dalton Risner OL Kansas State
27. Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma
4. Ed Oliver DT/DE, Houston. With Arizona apparently out of the Kyler Murray sweepstakes, Raiders miss out on Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen. Oliver still generates pressure. So he probably goes 4th overall.
24. Montez Sweat DE, Mississippi State. As long as the same Doctor checks out Sweat that checked Mo Hurst last year before the draft, he is a steal at this point of the Draft.
27. Noah Fant TE, Iowa. Yes, everyone wants Josh Jacobs. But if Fant is there, you take him. Perfect replacement for Jared Cook. There are still other backs in the later rounds like Miles Sanders and Dexter Williams.
As my surprise pick, I am sticking with Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma, and then trading him to the New York Giants for the 6th overall pick, where you can probably still land Oliver by the way for their 2nd rounder, 37th overall.
4. Josh Allen Edge, Kentucky
The Wildcat superstar can fill the void left by Mack and lead the defensive pass rush.
24. Noah Fant TE, Iowa
A Jared Cook clone who can take more pressure off the arm of Carr instantly.
27. Connor McGovern OL, Penn State
The versatile lineman can start out at guard and has experience to play other positions when called upon.
With all that said, enjoy the unpredictable 3 day event and don’t forget to Ramble On, Raider Nation.