What are the Oakland Raiders going to do in the 2019 NFL Draft?
That is the million-dollar question.
Three first-round picks is a lot of draft capital, providing a lot of leeway for Head Coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Mike Mayock. The post-NFL Scouting Combine reports have offered a lot of insight as to how the event played out. We expected the defensive line class to be the talk of Indianapolis, but the wide receivers made their case as possibly the most-overlooked group at the Combine.
Just days after the conclusion of the Combine, several NFL analysts have updated their mock drafts; let's take a gander.
|Publication||Projected Pick||Player||College||Last Updated|
|CBS Sports (Chris Trapasso)||No. 4||DT, Clelin Ferrell||Clemson||2/22/19|
|No. 24||LB, Devin Bush||Michigan||2/22/19|
|No. 27||WR, Hakeem Butler||Iowa State||2/22/19|
|CBS Sports (Ryan Wilson)||No. 4||EDGE, Josh Allen||Kentucky||3/3/19|
|No. 24||EDGE, Clelin Ferrell||Clemson||3/3/19|
|No. 27||WR, Parris Campbell||Ohio State||3/3/19|
|CBS Sports (R.J. White||No. 1 (Trade)||QB, Kyler Murray||Oklahoma||2/26/19|
|No. 27||WR, A.J. Brown||Ole Miss||2/26/19|
|Walter Football||No. 4||DT, Quinnen Williams||Alabama||3/6/19|
|No. 24||EDGE, Brian Burns||Florida State||3/6/19|
|No. 27||S, Johnathan Abram||Mississippi State||3/6/19|
|SB Nation (Dan Kadar)||No. 4||DT, Quinnen Williams||Alabama||3/5/19|
|No. 24||CB, Byron Murphy||Washington||3/5/19|
|No. 27||WR, A.J. Brown||Ole Miss||3/5/19|
|NFL Network (Bucky Brooks)||No. 4||DE, Rashan Gary||Michigan||2/27/19|
|No. 24||RB, Josh Jacobs||Alabama||2/27/19|
|No. 27||WR, Riley Ridley||Georgia||2/27/19|
|NFL Network (Daniel Jeremiah)||No. 4||EDGE, Josh Allen||Kentucky||3/5/19|
|No. 24||T, Cody Ford||Oklahoma||3/5/19|
|No. 27||CB, Byron Murphy||Washington||3/5/19|
|Bleacher Report (Matt Miller)||No. 4||EDGE, Josh Allen||Kentucky||3/5/19|
|No. 24||CB, Byron Murphy||Washington||3/5/19|
|No. 27||S, Johnathan Abram||Mississippi||3/5/19|
|ESPN (Todd McShay)||No. 4||EDGE, Josh Allen||Kentucky||3/6/19|
|No. 24||CB, Byron Murphy||Washington||3/6/19|
|No. 27||WR, Parris Campbell||Ohio State||3/6/19|
|ESPN (Mel Kiper)||No. 4||DE, Rashan Gary||Michigan||2/18/19|
|No. 24||CB, Byron Murphy||Washington||2/18/19|
|No. 27||EDGE, Brian Burns||Florida State||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|
Kyler Murray continues to be the most-discussed prospect in this draft, and there are several conflicting reports as to how he fared at the Combine. NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly reported Tuesday that Murray didn't make a positive impression on a lot of teams at the Combine; however, the consensus appears to be that the Arizona Cardinals will draft him with the No. 1 overall pick. Who knows if that'll happen, but Kliff Kingsbury has gone on record saying Murray deserves to be the first player off the board.
Murray aside, the defensive linemen had the spotlight on them in Indy, and they didn't let the hype get the best of them. Rashan Gary, Nick Bosa, Josh Allen, Quinnen Williams, and Montez Sweat highlighted the drills with some impressive performances. Some believe they're all worthy of a top-five selection - time will tell - but it's possible one of those players wind up in the Silver and Black.
As far as the Raiders' late first-round picks go, Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell and Washington cornerback Byron Murphy are appearing in a lot of mock drafts. Campbell posted the third-fastest 40-yard dash at the Combine, and finished his senior season at Ohio State with 1,063 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. The Raiders certainly need a wide receiver; Campbell has been praised for his ability to run after the catch, but he has an underdeveloped route tree, which doesn't inspire confidence. He's either a deep ball player or an underneath receiver that can extend plays with his legs. Speedy and elusive is the standard nowadays, though, considering Tyreek Hill and A.J. Green have been highly successful doing just that. We'll see if the Raiders bite on Campbell, but there are a handful of other wide receivers they could pick also.
Byron Murphy just turned 21 years old, and played two seasons as a Washington Husky. This connection surprises me the most because former first-round pick Gareon Conley had a quality sophomore campaign in 2018, and the addition of Daryl Worley proved to be one of the team's more underrated moves last offseason. You can never have too much depth, but the Raiders have a lot of young corners on the roster. Nick Nelson, Conley, and Worley look like they'll see the most run in 2019, but again, I wouldn't be shocked by anything during this year's draft.
Take a look at which players NFL analysts are predicting the Raiders will select in round one of the 2019 NFL Draft.