NFL Media recently presented a mock draft scenario where the Las Vegas Raiders come away with a noteworthy haul. The organization addresses several needs in the process, specifically safety and offensive line.
The Silver and Black made some key additions during NFL free agency, most notable along the defensive line. On the other hand, the offensive line went thru a shakeup with some key departures. After the dust settled on these transactions, the Raiders’ brain trust still had much work to do. With the draft merely days away, the team still lacks depth along the offensive line, at both right tackle and at the guard position. The biggest hole is finding a long-term answer at free safety, luckily for Las Vegas, they might be able to take care of these issues in one fell swoop.
Chad Reuter of NFL Media recently released an updated league-wide mock, and it paints a hopeful picture for the Raiders.
One potential Raiders scenario for draft weekend…
No. 17 – Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
No. 48 – Richie Grant, FS, Central Florida
No. 79 – Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State
No. 80 – Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee
No. 121 – Kary Vincent Jr., CB, LSU
No. 162 – Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU
No. 167 – Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
No. 200 – Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB
-Chad Reuter’s NFL mock for the Raiders
Some may not be crazy about Jenkins at 17 but he’d be an instant starter unless the team’s comfortable with Brandon Parker in 2021. Likewise, if Grant’s available at number 48 as Reuter believes, the Raiders would be walking away with solid back-to-back picks.
Adding Jenkins would be solid but the team could double down and go with Smith in the third round. Per Pro Football Focus, he’s one of the most well-rounded guards, posting a 73.1 pass-blocking grade. Also, adding Tyler Shelvin and Jordan Smith to the defensive line gives Gus Bradley and Rod Marinelli more interesting prospects to potentially mold. What are your thoughts, Raider Nation? How would you feel if this potential scenario played out this upcoming weekend?
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