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2020 NFL Draft Redo: Who Would Raiders Take In 1st Round?

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10. Cleveland Browns: OL Michael Onwenu

The Browns originally knocked this selection out of the park with Jedrick Wills but he’s long gone here. Instead, they opt for another one of the best rookie offensive linemen. Despite being a sixth-round pick, Onwenu alternated at both right tackle and guard for the Patriots and is one of the best young players in the league.

11. New York Jets: CB C.J. Henderson

The “Jags” hit on this pick, as Henderson seems poised to lock down one side of the field for years to come. The Jets need all the defensive help they can get and Henderson is a good start. He was named Rookie of the Week in Week 10 before being placed on the Injured Reserve list.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: WR CeeDee Lamb

Despite being the third option at times in Dallas, CeeDee Lamb was 65 yards shy of a 1,000-yard season. The Raiders originally selected Henry Ruggs here but it is unknown how that experiment will end. Simply, they should’ve taken the Oklahoma product all along.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT Andrew Thomas

While Thomas struggled in his first season and is hardly Tristan Wirfs, he still has great physical skills and Tom Brady consistently makes lineman better. A running back should be another possibility here.

14. San Francisco 49ers: WR Jerry Jeudy

Here’s another wide receiver the Raiders could’ve drafted. Despite having poor quarterback play throughout the season, Jerry Jeudy still posted 856 receiving yards. The young wideout would give Kyle Shanahan an elite route runner with limitless potential.

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15. Denver Broncos: WR Chase Claypool

The Broncos’ original selection goes one pick before them so they take another pass catcher in Claypool. In Pittsburgh, the Notre Dame product became a touchdown machine, scoring 11 combined, along with 856 receiving yards. Claypool gives Denver another high ceiling receiver to pair with Courtland Sutton.

16. Atlanta Falcons: CB Jaylon Johnson

The Falcons selected Clemson’s A.J. Terrell in this spot but here they take Jaylon Johnson. Despite missing the last four games due to injury, Jaylon Johnson had one of the best seasons among rookie cornerbacks and has lots of potential. A great second-round pick for the Bears at number 16.

17. Dallas Cowboys: CB Jeff Okudah

Okudah came into the NFL Draft widely regarded as the best cornerback available. He had his struggles early in his career but still has the potential to be one of the best corners in the league. Jerry Jones took Ceedee Lamb in this spot but would likely opt for defense after watching that units performance this season.

18. Miami Dolphins: DT Javon Kinlaw

In 2019, the Dolphins selected Christian Wilkins, and here, with their second of three first-round selections, they pair him with another young lineman. Kinlaw and Wilkins instantly create one of the best young interior tandems in the league. With many of the offensive tackles gone, this is a good value pick.

19. Las Vegas Raiders: CB L’Jarius Sneed

After reaching for Damon Arnette here in real life, they take a better player this time around. Sneed has three interceptions and seven passes defensed in just nine games for the rival Chiefs. He has become the unsung hero of a Chiefs’ defense that is better than most assume. Imagine if he had that kind of impact of the Raiders.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars: S Antoine Winfield

A steal in the second round, Winfield has become the starting safety on Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl defense. After starting all 16 games, he has recorded an interception and a fumble recovery. He has an incredibly bright future and would drastically improve Jacksonville’s back end.

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