Oakland Raiders: Early 3-round 2019 NFL mock draft brings needed help

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With Cooper gone, Martavis Bryant probably not coming back, and Jordy Nelson on the bubble, it’s safe to say the Raiders are going to need to restock their offensive cupboards.

Though Marcell Ateman looks like he could be rounding into a reliable red zone target, he lacks the speed to really stretch the field. Ditto that with Nelson, should they keep him. Nelson is a solid possession receiver who can help move the chains, but can’t be counted on for a lot more than that.

And Seth Roberts? Who knows… There’s a strong possibility he’s not with the Raiders in 2019.

Which means that Carr is going to need new weapons to work with now that it seems like he’s finally starting to get more comfortable in Gruden’s offense.

Enter Ohio State’s Parris Campbell.

At 6-0, 208 pounds, he’s got good size and he’s got more than enough speed and athleticism to be the down-the-field threat this offense needs. Campbell has a great release off the line, is great in space running after the catch, and can really stretch the field. He needs to expand his route tree, but that can be achieved with solid coaching.

As a senior, Campbell has amassed 79 catches for 992 yards and 11 touchdowns for a Buckeyes offense that sometimes really struggled to move the ball through the air. For his career, he’s caught 132 balls for 1,697 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Campbell could be a very fun weapon for Carr to have in his arsenal.