The Oakland Raiders have three first-round picks and five in the first 65 overall during the 2019 NFL Draft – we’ve put together a mock draft of how they should use them.
Now that we know where the Oakland Raiders are going to be drafting come April, we know they’ll be in a very good position to rebuild this team on the fly and perhaps, be competitive sooner than most people think is possible.
To do that though, new general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden are going to need to hit on most, if not all, of their picks.
This is a roster replete with holes at the moment, but working in Oakland’s favor is ample cap space to sign some quality free agents, as well as a slate of draft picks that include three in the first round and five in the first 65 overall.
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There is a lot of talent on the board and there is depth at some of the team’s key positions of need – it’s up to Mayock and Gruden to take advantage of that.
What Oakland’s biggest area of needs are – as well as the best player to address those needs – have been the subject of much vigorous discussion and debate so far this offseason. A discussion and debate that will surely only grow much more vigorous the closer we draw to draft day.
Of course the mock drafts are flying as we all have an opinion on where the Raiders should go with those valuable picks – or more precisely, who they should be expending those valuable picks on.
Every year, we see teams that missed the playoffs – in some cases, finishing dead last in their division – ascend to the top of their class and make a playoff run the following year. That turnaround is, of course, predicated on getting better talent on the roster and addressing a team’s needs.
And that begins with building a solid draft class. It begins with being able to get more out of an entire draft class than Oakland has been able to get for years now.
For the purposes of this mock, we used the Fanspeak mock draft generator and selected the Big Board simulation of Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.
So, let’s take a look at one man’s opinion of how that haul of valuable draft picks can best be used to improve this team in a hurry.