Full 7 round mock scenario for Las Vegas Raiders

The 2020 NFL Draft, which will be held in Las Vegas and is now the home of the Raiders, marks one of the most important events in team history.

Why is it so important? Because the Raiders have an opportunity to address some key positions with potentially game changing talent that can also turn the franchise around. The plethora of playmakers in this year’s class makes for some interesting scenarios to say the least. For all intents and purposes, this mock assumes there will be no trades, which of course can happen as it did last year.

For now, let’s take a look at the 1.0 version of this full seven round mock scenario.

Round 1, Pick No. 12 Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

The Raiders desperately need help at linebacker and putting a band-aid on this problem won’t do anymore. The explosive six-foot-four linebacker from Clemson would be joining former Tigers Clelin Ferrell, Hunter Renfrow, and Trayvon Mullen. General manager Mike Mayock obviously puts value on championship pedigree and Simmons has that. His versatility alone would pay dividends in Paul Guenther’s defense as The Draft Network points out:

His unbelievable length and athletic gifts make him a sensible fit for a number of positions, including MIKE, SAM, SS and a nickel LB in coverage. Simmons has explosive qualities and will be an asset vs. the run and pass alike.

The Silver and Black cannot afford to pass up on such a game-changing talent if he’s still there at number 12. Raider Nation would finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief with the linebacker position finally getting addressed.

Round 1, Pick No. 19 Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

It doesn’t matter whether it’s Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, or Teddy Bridgewater, the Raiders need a long-term answer at quarterback not a stop gap solution. Las Vegas needs a signal-caller than can lead the team for another decade and beyond, Eason could be the one. The six-foot-six, 227 pound risk-taker from Washington may be that answer. Head coach Jon Gruden would be entrusted with developing Eason, and while he’s never developed a rookie (successfully), this might be his guy. The Draft Network said it best when describing his confidence as a quarterback:

Eason has the confidence levels to try to throw a football through a coin slot. There’s zero hesitancy with attempting throws into cramped throwing windows. He has plenty of juice to make throws at all levels of the field.

As I’ve said before, taking a quarterback early is high-risk high-reward but then again, imagine if that high-reward alters the future of the Raiders in Vegas. Tempting to say the least.

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Round 3, Pick No. 80 Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota

The Raiders needing help at wide receiver is probably the understatement of the year. Whoever ends up playing quarterback will need more explosive weapons. Johnson, the six-foot-two pass catcher from Minnesota, who possesses crisp route running, could be a welcomed boost. What should have Raider Nation salivating is his speed and ability to get open deep downfield as The Draft Network points out:

When you get him on deeper routes or when he’s hit in stride, you can really see him open up his strides and really overtake defensive backs in the open field. He’s more of a smooth initial accelerator but he’s got amble juice and a second gear to break off big gains.

I know fans would like to see a wide receiver get picked up in the first round but if the Raiders can snag a game changing linebacker and potential franchise quarterback first, Johnson would be a nice consolation prize.

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Round 3, Pick No. 81 Lynn Bowden Jr., WR, Kentucky

The six-foot-one play maker from Kentucky would be another stud on the Raiders receiver corps. Fansided has him as third round talent that could contribute right away, not to mention the versatility he’d bring:

He can line up in the slot or out wide. Bowden does a decent enough job breaking in and out of his routes but his routes should be crisper. He has strong, reliable hands, but the magic happens after the catch.

Just picture a wide receivers room with Bowden, Johnson, Renfrow, and Tyrell Williams along with a free agent signing? Yeah I thought so too.

Round 3, Pick No. 92 Josh Uche, LB, Michigan

The versatile linebacker from Michigan would definitely be a welcomed addition to the linebacker corps. Uche was a Senior Bowl standout and was even named one of it’s most underrated prospects by ESPN. He’s a no brainer.

Round 4, Pick No. 111 James Lynch, DL, Baylor

An explosive defensive tackle who can play in either a 3-4 or 4-3, his versatility would be an asset under defensive line coach Rod Marinelli.

Round 7, Pick No. 204 Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee

The fact that a talent like Taylor could be here with the number 204 pick would be insane, The Draft Network’s focus on his well balanced game shows he could bear fruit under Marinelli’s guidance, not to mention he could develop behind Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell.

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