Oakland Raiders: First-round 2019 NFL mock draft, Senior Bowl edition

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Right now, it seems everyone is focused on fixing the Raiders defense when it comes to mock drafts. However, if you look at the other side of the ball, it turns out they could use some help there as well.

More talent is needed at pretty much every offensive position besides the line and quarterback, and some would make a case for the latter. A top dog at running back is one of those needs, especially with the aging Marshawn Lynch headed for free agency. It’s not like Jalen Richard is going to be the workhorse in 2019.

That’s why Joshua Jacobs finds himself coming off the board here at No. 27.

Quietly making his way up draft boards as arguably the 2019 draft class’ top running back, Jacobs is coming off a monstrous campaign with the Crimson Tide. Not only does he rack up yards at an alarming rate, but he plays with the physicality and tenacity that Gruden loves in his backs. Especially behind this offensive line, Jacobs could emerge as one of the NFL’s elite young runners.

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Having already spent two first-round picks on defense, the Raiders can afford to splurge a bit here. While running back isn’t tops on their list of positions to address, it’s too tempting an opportunity to pass on. With Jacobs, they’re getting a quality replacement for Lynch and someone who can take pressure off Derek Carr to carry the offense.