2019 NFL Draft order: Which pick do the Oakland Raiders have?

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The 2018 regular season is officially over, and the first 20 picks of the 2019 NFL Draft order are set. Which pick do the Oakland Raiders own as the offseason gets under way?

The 2018 NFL season is over for the Oakland Raiders, which is probably for the best. It’s been an ugly last few months for Jon Gruden and Co., who watched a major rebuild cripple their ability to compete on a weekly basis. Now, however, we have the 2019 NFL Draft to look forward to.

With Week 17 in the books, that means the order for the first 20 picks of the 2019 NFL Draft is set. Since it’s probably the only reason you’re here, we’d like to inform you that the Raiders now own the No. 4 overall pick.

Here’s the entire order, in case you’re interested:

  1. Arizona Cardinals
  2. San Francisco 49ers
  3. New York Jets
  4. Oakland Raiders
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  6. New York Giants
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars
  8. Detroit Lions
  9. Buffalo Bills
  10. Denver Broncos
  11. Cincinnati Bengals
  12. Green Bay Packers
  13. Miami Dolphins
  14. Atlanta Falcons
  15. Washington Redskins
  16. Carolina Panthers
  17. Cleveland Browns
  18. Minnesota Vikings
  19. Tennessee Titans
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers

While this season certainly didn’t go according to plan, it leaves Gruden with plenty of draft capital to work with. On top of owning both the Chicago Bears’ and Dallas Cowboys’ first-round picks (both teams made the playoffs, so where they’ll fall isn’t yet known), the Raiders found themselves sitting at No. 4 with their own selection.

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That’ll open the door for them to potentially add an elite prospect to the roster. Assuming Gruden sticks with Derek Carr as his starting quarterback, the Raiders should look to fix their defense with the No. 4 overall pick.

If they decide to add another pass-rushing specialist to the mix, players like Ed Oliver, Josh Allen or Clelin Ferrell could be in the mix. Nick Bosa might have been an option had they finished with the No. 2 pick, but chances are the Ohio State product will be gone by the time the Raiders are on the board.

Gruden could also decide to make upgrades in the secondary after what was an awful season for the Raiders pass defense. Although Gareon Conley has asserted himself as a playmaking No. 1 cornerback, someone like Greedy Williams could be drafted as a complement on the other side of the defense.

Either way, it’ll provide the Raiders with an ideal opportunity to upgrade the roster. Considering the dearth of talent on both sides of the ball, having the No. 4 pick will open plenty of doors as we head into the 2019 NFL season.

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Now, the fun of the offseason begins. Prepare for plenty of speculation ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, which takes place on April 25.