Round 1, Pick 12: CeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
While Isaiah Simmons is, of course, the dream pick here, he was taken at number four by the New York Giants. Jerry Jeudy who is considered by most to be the top wide receiver in this draft was also gone, taken by the New York Jets right before the Raiders at No. 11.
Here I debated between CeeDee Lamb and Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw would be a great addition to the Raiders’ interior defensive line as an inside defensive tackle that has pass-rush potential. With his selection, I would have to hope that wide receivers Henry Ruggs or Tee Higgins lasted until 19.
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I personally feel that Ruggs has the highest bust potential of the first-round projected receivers, and seems more like a No. 2, speed receiver which the Raiders already have in Tyrell Williams, so it was kind of an easy decision to choose Lamb.
Lamb is considered by most to be the second-best receiver in this class, with a lot of people even ranking him above Jeudy. Lamb also has the perfect skill set for Derek Carr assuming he is the quarterback going into the 2020 season.
Jeudy is very similar to Amari Cooper and even though Cooper was productive for the Raiders’ offense his first two seasons, he was never truly Carr’s go-to guy as he preferred throwing it up to the bigger, more physical Michael Crabtree.
Lamb is big and physical and makes things happen with the ball in his hands after the catch. Perfect for Gruden’s offense that likes to complete the high percentage short passes and let receivers make plays with their legs.
The only question mark with Lamb is his straight-line speed. He isn’t slow, but it is possible he may not run great at the Combine. If he doesn’t, it may be a blessing in disguise for whatever team drafts him if it causes him to fall.
Round 1, Pick 19: TRADE
While Javon Kinlaw somehow lasted this far, the Indianapolis Colts offered two 2020 second-round picks so I could not pass that up.
The full trade was the Raiders giving up only the 19th pick for the second pick in the second round, and the 12th pick in the second round. The Colts selected Javon Kinlaw.
If this seems like an unrealistic trade, the value almost matches up if you check out this trade value chart.
The Raiders’ 19th pick is worth 875 points while the Colts two second-round picks are worth 560 and 460 respectively. That would equal 1,020 value points which is a slight overpay, but that is what teams have to do to pry a first-round pick away from another organization.