Oakland Raiders: Latest 3-round 2019 NFL mock draft adds weapons

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With Mayock already saying they’d be stupid to not add an edge rusher to a position group that generated a paltry 13 total sacks last season, it seems they’ll be looking to take the best available at the position with their first pick – fourth overall.

With, according to the simulator, Nick Bosa and Josh Allen already off the board, Mayock, Gruden, and the Raiders will have some decisions to make as there are still a number of very talented pass rushers out there to choose from.

Having put in a very solid showing at the Senior Bowl, Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat is rocketing his way up some team’s draft boards. While many still prefer Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell, believing he’s the better choice, it’s hard to ignore Sweat’s body of work over his time with the Bulldogs.

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Over the past two seasons – a total of 26 games – Sweat has racked up 22.5 sacks and 30 tackles for a loss. It’s the kind of production this team needs from their edge rushers – and just the kind of help Arden Key needs to maximize his own potential.

Sweat has a terrific blend of size (6-6, 245 pounds), speed, and power. His extremely long frame helps him keep blockers from locking him up and he has a relentless motor when getting after the quarterback.

With Sweat coming off one end and Key the other, the Raiders could have themselves a pair of young, freakishly athletic, formidable pass rushers for the foreseeable future.