The Las Vegas Raiders need a playmaker at wide receiver, and Doug Farrar of Touchdown Wire thinks they will draft one with the twelfth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
In his rookie season, Hunter Renfrow showed he can be effective in the slot, but the Raiders still need a premier number one receiver. They still have Tyrell Williams, but he hasn’t shown he can be that player yet and was hampered by plantar fasciitis last year. Farrar wrote in his latest mock that Las Vegas will pick Jerry Jeudy with the first of two first-round picks.
Farrar says that “Jeudy is absolutely the filthiest and slipperiest route-runner in this draft class, and when you factor in his speed, his best NFL comp is Antonio Brown at his peak without any of the off-field issues.”
That’s the kind of difference maker the Raiders need at the position, someone without baggage who can take the pressure off of his teammates.
Farrar also mentions that Jeudy would fit “Gruden’s high-level West Coast offensive passing game, in which multiple dynamic receivers are a must — especially receivers who can understand complex route concepts and execute them on the field.”
The Raiders have lacked a player with Jeudy’s skill set year in and year out. Last season, they tried to stabilize the position but failed. That shouldn’t deter them from throwing darts until they nail it and the upcoming draft will offer them a plethora of choices.
That is if they want to address the position with the twelfth or even the nineteenth pick. They could also focus on other position groups and draft a wide receiver later, but if they want to go wide receiver with the twelfth, Farrar makes a strong case for Jeudy.
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