Raiders Fourth Round Met with Mixed Feelings

With the 109th pick the Las Vegas Raiders selected John Simpson, guard out of Clemson (shocker). This pick was met with immediate adverse reaction from just about everyone. Analysts and fans alike had a hard time understanding the selection.

This year, the Raiders had a pretty solid draft class overall. Some called Damon Arnette a reach at 19 while others didn’t understand why Henry Ruggs III was picked at No.12 instead of Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb. However, the most perplexing pick came in the fourth round.

Day 3 For The Raiders

The Silver and Black went into Day 3 with picks No.100, No.121, No.139 and No.172. The Raiders traded with the Lions to get up the 109th while surrendering 121th and 172th. Fans and analysts alike thought it would be to snag Amik Robertson, ended up being the 139th selection. Others thought it would be Bradlee Anae (179th to the Cowboys) or even a triple dip at receiver with Tyler Johnson (161th to the Buccaneers).

Instead, the Raiders selected John Simpson offensive guard out of…. yep you guessed it, Clemson. At first glance, that selection felt as if there was a trade in the works for current starting guard Gabe Jackson.

Gabe Remains a Raider…

However, day three of the draft came and went and Gabe Jackson was still with the Raiders, who extended Richie Incognito to presumptively be the starting left guard. They also have incumbent Denzelle Good and Lester Cotton, resigned Jordan Devey and brought in Eric Kush. With the addition of Simpson, the guard position appears to be overcrowded.

Related: Raiders Refrained From Trading Players During Draft

A few fans weren’t entirely enthralled with the pick either:

Others felt this spelled the certain end for Jackson.

There was quite a bit of love for Simpson though:

Several fans wanted Simpson for their respective teams.

What makes this whole thing even more puzzling was general manager Mike Mayock coming out and saying Jackson is going to be the starter.

It’s quite possible Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden saw a valuable pick and wanted to jump at the opportunity to select him á la Hunter Renfrow last year. Competition amongst teammates is never really a bad thing and should make everyone better and on top of their games. While it isn’t clear what the plan is right now for Jackson or Simpson, the Raiders appeared to get another great value in the late rounds of the draft.

Also, if Gruden doesn’t work out perhaps Dabo Swinney might be in line:

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