Round 1 Pick 4- Josh Allen – OLB Kentucky
88 tackes, 21.5 TFL and 17 sacks in his senior season is all you need to know about Josh Allen. An elite pass rushing linebacker is exactly what the Raiders need after dealing Khalil Mack to the Bears and Jon Gruden did say he needed a pass rusher more than anything coming into the offseason. Expect Josh Allen to fall into the Raiders lap and for him to be an All-Pro for years to come.
Round 1 Pick 24- N’Keal Harry – WR Arizona State
18 touchdowns and 2,000+ yards in his final two seasons at ASU show great Rookie of the Year potential for Harry. At 6’2 and 215, Harry is going to be a great red zone threat. He also has blazing speed with a 4.54 40 yard dash. The 2-time first team All Pac-12 wide out has the best potential out of any receiver in the class. Expect Gruden to replace Amari Cooper in a big way.
Round 1 Pick 27- Deionte Thompson – S Alabama
Another 1st round pick, another game changing playmaker coming off the board to the Raiders. Thompson was arguably the best member of a deep Alabama secondary that shut down almost every offense they played. He can play in any scheme and is a great hybrid defender against the pass and the run. I can’t wait to watch Thompson shut down the deep ball for years to come.
Round 2 Pick 35- Dalton Risner – OT Kansas State
Risner is easily the best lineman to ever come out of Kansas State after paving the way for Alex Barnes, the Big 12 rushing champion in 2018. The Raiders need to protect Dereck Carr and the Raiders need to get the running game going again. Expect Risner to be the best tackle in this draft. The Raiders third round pick will also improve the running game…
Round 3 Pick 66- Damien Harris – RB Alabama
Harris averaged 6.7 yards per carry in his final 3 years at Alabama. He also eclipsed 1000 yards 2 times in his career. Harris is a great downfield runner who runs behind his pads. He’s a very confident runner who knows he can bowl over anybody in his way. I have Harris tabbed as a day 1 starter who Gruden will quickly fall in love with.
Round 4 Pick 106- Hunter Renfrow – WR Clemson
Renfrow’s stats won’t blow you away but in a pass heavy offense who won the national championship, Renfrow was the third down guy. Every defense knew it, and on third down you still couldn’t stop him. A great route runner, and a great locker room guy, Renfrow will help change the culture of the Raiders. He may as well tell the corner his route, and he’ll still get open.
Round 5 Pick 141- Jarrett Stidham – QB Auburn
I expect Gruden to go with the best player available at this point in the draft. Dereck Carr regressed greatly last year. Whether you blame that on the O-line or on him, Carr needs some real competition going into training camp. Stidham is greatly underrated this year and I expect him to give Carr a run for his money. Gruden loves his QB’s so expect him to pick his QB for the future.
Round 6 Pick 197- Jalen Young – FS Florida Atlantic
Gruden will fill out his safeties of the future in this draft. 301 tackles and 13 career interceptions are great building blocks for a team who needs secondary help badly. I have Young tabbed as a day one starter this upcoming year. Here’s hoping Gruden still cares about defense.
Round 7 Pick 219- Dax Raymond – TE Utah State
Next, Gruden drafts a big body to help out his running back of the future. Raymond will lay you out and then catch a touchdown the next play. Raymond is a great blocker who’s shown flashes of catching ability on tape. Gruden goes best player available and Raymond is a great last round talent.