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

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Now that we’ve addressed a couple of big needs on the defensive side of the ball, it’s time to turn our attention to filling a desperate need on the other side. And that need is getting quarterback Derek Carr some legitimate weapons to work with.

It seems doubtful that Seth Roberts is back for another season given that they can cut him without incurring dead money against the cap. Trading a third-round pick for Martavis Bryant last season turned out to be the flaming pile of garbage most of us assumed it would be when the deal was consummated.

And Jordy Nelson was kind of – meh. Though in fairness, he did come on late in the season when he finally got healthy and proved that he can still be a solid possession receiver and security blanket for Carr, so expect to see him back next season.

But the receivers room is even more bare than the cornerbacks room. Marcel Ateman showed some upside but is obviously still pretty raw and needs work. If he can develop though, he could be a solid weapon, especially down in the red zone given his size.

Despite all of that, Carr needs a legitimate down-the-field threat. He needs a receiver who can blow the top off a defense and Oklahoma standout Marquise Brown may indeed fit that bill.

Though some are already trolling about his stature and whether his slight frame will end up getting him killed by bigger defenders, Brown – at 5-10, 170 pounds – is cut very much in the same mold (and stature) as Tyreek Hill and Brandin Cooks. And you don’t see anybody questioning their ability to stay among the living.

With the elite speed, solid route running, and excellent ability to make plays in space, Brown could be the sort of receiver that helps elevate Carr’s level of play and help take the offense as a whole to another level.