I hope those of you who follow the Mock Draft Tracker had a wonderful holiday weekend and are ready to dive back into the draft projections.
A handful of NFL analysts have updated their ever-changing mock drafts, and for once University of Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams isn't the consensus pick at No. 4 for the Oakland Raiders. Williams is now being considered a top-two pick, and the chances of him falling to the Silver and Black look slim, according to the analysts.
Even if Williams is selected with one of the first three picks, there are plenty of skilled pass rushers worth targeting; let's take a look at who some of them are.
|Publication||Projected Pick||Player||College||Last Updated|
|CBS Sports (Chris Trapasso)||No. 4||LB, Devin White||LSU||2/19/19|
|No. 24||DT, Rashan Gary||Michigan||2/19/19|
|No. 27||WR, Hakeem Butler||Iowa State||2/19/19|
|CBS Sports (Ryan Wilson)||No. 4||DE, Brian Burns||Florida State||2/18/19|
|No. 24||LB, Devin Bush||Michigan||2/18/19|
|No. 27||TE, T.J. Hockenson||Iowa||2/18/19|
|The Athletic (Dane Brugler)||No. 4||DE, Rashan Gary||Michigan||2/5/19|
|No. 24||TE, T.J. Hockenson||Iowa||2/5/19|
|No. 27||RB, Josh Jacobs||Alabama||2/5/19|
|Walter Football||No. 4||DE/LB, Josh Allen||Kentucky||2/19/19|
|No. 24||CB, Greedy Williams||LSU||2/19/19|
|No. 27||S, Johnathan Abram||Mississippi State||2/19/19|
|SB Nation (Dan Kadar)||No. 4||DT, Quinnen Williams||Alabama||2/18/19|
|No. 24||WR, D.K. Metcalf||Ole Miss||2/18/19|
|No. 27||DE, Zach Allen||Boston College||2/18/19|
|NFL Network (Bucky Brooks)||No. 4||DE, Rashan Gary||Michigan||1/25/19|
|No. 24||WR, Kelvin Harmon||N.C. State||1/25/19|
|No. 27||DT, Jeffery Simmons||Mississippi State||1/25/19|
|NFL Network (Daniel Jeremiah)||No. 4||DT, Quinnen Williams||Alabama||1/23/19|
|No. 24||DE, Jaylon Ferguson||Louisiana Tech||1/23/19|
|No. 27||CB, Trayvon Mullen||Clemson||1/23/19|
|Bleacher Report (Matt Miller)||No. 4||DE, Rashan Gary||Michigan||2/4/19|
|No. 24||RB, Josh Jacobs||Alabama||2/4/19|
|No. 27||CB, Trayvon Mullen||Clemson||2/4/19|
|ESPN (Todd McShay)||No. 4||DT, Quinnen Williams||Alabama||2/7/19|
|No. 24||WR, A.J. Brown||Ole Miss||2/7/19|
|No. 27||RB, Josh Jacobs||Alabama||2/7/19|
|ESPN (Mel Kiper)||No. 4||DE, Rashan Gary||Michigan||2/18/19|
|No. 24||CB, Byron Murphy||Washington||2/18/19|
|No. 27||LB, Brian Burns||Florida State||2/18/19|
The news regarding Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons' ACL injury and Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson's off the field altercation as a teenager have clearly impacted the first round. I expect both to still be selected late in the first round or the early second round, but last week's news has negatively impacted their draft stock for obvious reasons.
Of all the players projected to go No. 4 overall in the updated MDT, LSU linebacker Devin White intrigues me the most. White is the undisputed top linebacker in this year's draft class due to his ability to blow up plays at the line of scrimmage, sack the quarterback, and all-around athleticism. Listed as an inside linebacker, White would help the Raiders in a multitude of ways, and taking him with the No. 4 pick wouldn't be a reach.
As I've pointed out, there's a lot of fluctuation with this year's class. The only player that's really stayed in the same place is Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, whose owned the coveted first overall pick spot in practically every mock draft; however, players like Michigan defensive tackle Rashan Gary have watched their draft stock rise and fall from No. 4 to as low as No. 27. Gary would be a quality late-round pick-up, as well as his Michigan teammate Devin Bush.
A week from today we'll be in Indianapolis ready to take on the 2019 NFL Combine. The event will shed some light on the next wave of prospects, and add more clarity to the mock draft tracker.
Take a look at which players NFL analysts are predicting the Raiders will select in round one of the 2019 NFL Draft.