Well, so much for the scouting and drafting prowess of ex-general manager Mike Mayock. The Las Vegas Raiders’ 2020 draft class is likely going to be remembered as one of the worst in history. In fact, just two years later, only one Raiders player remains. We’re referring to cornerback Amik Robertson.
The Las Vegas Raiders cut John Simpson…
Despite playing 93 percent of the offensive snaps on Thursday night, Simpson found himself unemployed by the next day. It’s a rather strange turn of events if we’re being honest. It’s obvious that the Raiders’ coaching staff had seen enough of Simpson this season. Even with Alex Bars missing time in the coming weeks, it couldn’t save Simpson. However, Simpson is only 25 years old and considering many playoff contenders will be looking for O-line depth, expect Simpson to get picked up in the coming days.
2020 is a class to forget…Â
With Simpson gone, it leaves Robertson as the last man standing. If you recall, Mayock and the Raiders had two first-round selections that year, and with a bevy of mega-talent available, the brass whiffed. Cornerback Damon Arnette was a bust, never amounting to more than an average player at best. Wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was coming into his own in his second season before making the fateful decision to get behind a vehicle while being intoxicated.
The third-round picks that year didn’t fare any better. Wide receiver Bryan Edwards amassed 571 receiving yards in his sophomore campaign, but the new coaching staff under Josh McDaniels clearly wasn’t impressed. Meanwhile, Lynn Bowden and Tanner Muse didn’t even make it onto the field for the Raiders. Hopefully, Dave Ziegler will do a better job; this year’s class has certainly been solid, all things considered. That’s especially true for Dyland Parham and Thayer Munford. Regardless, the 2020 class will, in the words of the great Franklin D. Roosevelt, “go down in infamy.”
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