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The Las Vegas Raiders secure 17th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft


The Las Vegas Raiders are about to be on the clock.

With the Silver and Black's season coming to a close Sunday, they have officially locked in their draft selection for the 2021 NFL draft.

The Raiders will have the 17th pick in the first round of this year's draft.

Las Vegas was slated to host the 2020 NFL Draft before the pandemic and safety protocol forced it to shift to a largely virtual event. Downtown Cleveland is scheduled to host this year's draft, beginning April 29. Las Vegas will host the draft next year in 2022 to make up for losing it last year.

Current mock drafts and experts predict the Raiders to use their pick on the defensive side of the ball to bolster their pass rush or secondary. The Raiders allowed the third most points to offenses this season.

"Defensively, we have to improve on all three levels, there's no question about that," said Coach Jon Gruden during Monday's press conference. "We need some impact plays from our defense: sack-strip fumbles, turnovers."

"We have to do a lot better job on the defensive side of the ball."

Below is the current first-round order of the 2021 NFL Draft:

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

2. New York Jets

3. San Francisco 49ers (via HOU through MIA)

4. Atlanta Falcons

5. Cincinnati Bengals

6. Miami Dolphins (via PHI)

7. Detroit Lions

8. Carolina Panthers

9. Denver Broncos

10. Dallas Cowboys

11. New York Giants

12. Philadelphia Eagles (via SF through MIA)

13. Los Angeles Chargers

14. Minnesota Vikings

15. New England Patriots

16. Arizona Cardinals

17. Las Vegas Raiders

18. Miami Dolphins

19. Washington Football Team

20. Chicago Bears

21. Indianapolis Colts

22. Tennessee Titans

23. New York Jets (via SEA)

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)

26. Cleveland Browns

27. Baltimore Ravens

28. New Orleans Saints

29. Green Bay Packers

30. Buffalo Bills

31. Kansas City Chiefs

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

View the top 50 prospects leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft, according to NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

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