After shocking the NFL Draft world by selecting Alex Leatherwood in the first round, the Raiders will have three picks on Day 2. With plenty of talent still on the board, here are a few options for the team’s brass.
Who should the Raiders target on Day 2 of the draft?
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is of the most surprising players still available and the Raiders may have to trade up to acquire him. Then again, it would be well worth it. Even though they did resign Nicholas Morrow, Las Vegas does not have a flexible player on defense like the Notre Dame product. He would give Gus Bradley a player he could use similarly to Derwin James.
The best safety available
No safeties were selected in the first round, and the position is still a pressing need for the Raiders. They could get a good one in the second round. Trevon Moehrig and Richie Grant are available, and Las Vegas could nab one of them to hold down the back end. Although taking Leatherwood 17th overall may’ve been a reach, there’s still time to add a few playmakers.
Christian Barmore fits the Raiders profile
In the 2021 offseason, the Raiders made many moves along the defensive line, so why not make one more? Christian Barmore would be a great value in the second round. A player who could slide into the role vacated by Maurice Hurst, he would likely be a starter from Day 1. He also attended the University of Alabama which the team’s brass are sure to love.
Predicting the Raiders’ draft picks is nearly impossible without the use of a time machine. The Silver and Black will simply take whoever they want, where ever they want with no regard for value. After upsetting a large portion of their fanbase Thursday, they would do well to try and ease that frustration tonight. Either way, it will certainly be exciting to watch.
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