Oakland Raiders Mock Draft Tracker: 8.0

The landscape of the 2019 NFL Draft can change overnight; all it takes is for one trade, one major signing, or an injury to alter a team’s draft plans.

For Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Mike Mayock, acquiring superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown was too good of an opportunity to pass up. The Silver and Black sent a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick to the Steelers in return for the dynamic playmaker; however, the Raiders got a fifth-round pick back when they traded guard Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets.

Several NFL draft analysts had the Raiders selecting a wide receiver with one of their three first-round picks, but after trading for Brown and signing wide receivers Tyrell Williams, and J.J. Nelson, the revamped wide receiving corps look set. The Raiders offense looks like night and day from a season ago, but the defense needs to be addressed.

With the team’s recent moves in free agency, the likelihood of Gruden and Mayock targeting defensive studs in the first round seems like a greater possibility.

Following the start of the new league year, let’s take a look at how the Mock Draft Tracker has changed.

Table inside Article
Publication Pick Player College
CBS Sports (Chris Trapasso) No. 4 DT, Quinnen Williams Alabama
No. 24 EDGE, Montez Sweat Mississippi St.
No. 27 RB, Josh Jacobs Alabama
CBS Sports (Ryan Wilson) No. 4 EDGE, Brian Burns Florida St.
No. 24 CB, Justin Layne Michigan St.
No. 27 TE, Noah Fant Iowa
CBS Sports (R.J. White) No. 1 (Trade) QB, Kyler Murray Oklahoma
No. 27 CB, Deandre Baker Georgia
Walter Football No. 4 DT, Quinnen Williams Alabama
No. 24 EDGE, Brian Burns Florida St.
No. 27 CB, Greedy Williams LSU
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) No. 4 DE, Montez Sweat Mississippi St.
No. 24 CB, Greedy Williams LSU
No. 27 RB, Josh Jacobs Alabama
NFL Network (Bucky Brooks) No. 4 DE, Rashan Gary Michigan
No. 24 RB, Josh Jacobs Alabama
No. 27 WR, Riley Ridley Georgia
NFL Network (Daniel Jeremiah) No. 4 EDGE, Josh Allen Kentucky
No. 24 T, Cody Ford Oklahoma
No. 27 CB, Byron Murphy Washington
Bleacher Report (Matt Miller) No. 4 EDGE, Josh Allen Kentucky
No. 24 CB, Byron Murphy Washington
No. 27 S, Johnathan Abram Mississippi
ESPN (Todd McShay) No. 4 EDGE, Josh Allen Kentucky
No. 24 CB, Byron Murphy Washington
No. 27 WR, Parris Campbell Ohio State
ESPN (Mel Kiper) No. 4 DE, Rashan Gary Michigan
No. 24 CB, Byron Murphy Washington
No. 27 EDGE, Brian Burns Florida St.
The Athletic (Dane Brugler) No. 4 DE, Rashan Gary Michigan
No. 24 TE, T.J. Hockenson Iowa
No. 27 RB, Josh Jacobs Alabama

The biggest news to come out of the college prospect pool in the last week is the medical condition of Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Sweat was flagged during his time at the Combine for having a pre-existing heart condition. Prior to this report, Sweat, or any medical staff, had never detected anything that would show evidence of a heart issue. The potential Top-10 pick is undeniably a first-round talent, but the report might cause him to slide in the first round. Even with his condition, Sweat remains one of the premier pass rushers in this draft class.

We’ve gone over just about every pass rusher in the first round that could find their way on the Raiders, but we’ve rarely discussed the number of tight ends earning praise this year. The University of Iowa has produced two of the top tight ends in this class, T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant. The latter was one of the top performers at the NFL Scouting Combine and it’s possible the Raiders swoop him with a late-first-round pick.

The Draft is a little more than a month away and moves can be made between now and then to continue altering draft plans all across the league, but the initial signings made by Gruden and Mayock show that they’re committed to their vision.

Take a look at which players NFL analysts are predicting the Raiders will select in round one of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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