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

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In Round 3, Mayock and Gruden choose to add another weapon for Carr to work with and that’s South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel.

At 6-0, 215 pounds, Samuel has solid size and though not elite, he has good speed. More than that though, he has outstanding elusiveness and is dangerous in open space. Samuel is tough, a very polished and skilled route runner, does a great job of creating separation, has great body control and can find, track, and adjust to the ball very well.

Deebo isn’t going to take the top off a defense, but his ability to sell a route and gain separation will help him be a very effective receiver in Gruden’s offensive system.

He’s had some injury issues that derailed his last couple of seasons at South Carolina. Although the Gamecocks didn’t have a very high-powered offense, Samuel’s injuries are also part of the reason the numbers he put up in college weren’t eye-popping.

Those injuries are also part of the reason Samuel’s draft stock may not be as high as they might have been if he’d been able to stay healthy. It may be why Samuel could potentially be available in the third round – with the 65th overall pick to be precise.

A receiving group that includes a burner like Brown, a possession receiver like Nelson, a big red zone target like Ateman and a shifty, elusive pass catcher who can turn a short pass into a long gainer is a lot more formidable. That group could take this offense as a whole to heights it hasn’t seen in quite some time.

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Carr needs legit weapons to throw to and Samuel, along with the others, can be just that.