The Raiders checked a large amount of containers during absolutely free company, more than enough to get a very clear picture of do the job that still requires to be carried out heading in to the NFL Draft.
Edge rusher? Look at. Additional defensive drive? Check out. Aid at vast receiver? Check out.
Managing back? Well, you simply cannot begrudge mentor Jon Gruden his luxury item, parking a second managing back again in the garage alongside with Josh Jacobs. Never ever hurts to have an option in case of a flat tire.
The no cost agency period also intended the departures of centre Rodney Hudson and guard Gabe Jackson, two productive but high-priced mainstays along the offensive line.
And it is alongside that line, as perfectly continuing to fortify a sorry 2020 defense with a free of charge security and an expert cornerback and a further solution in the draft, exactly where the Raiders want to increase expertise heading in to coaching camp in July.
Starter–Derek Carr. Backups–Marcus Mariota, Nathan Peterman, Kyle Sloter
Outlook: Going into his fourth 12 months underneath Gruden, Carr is carved in stone as the starter and you could not even scare up a very good rumor this offseason suggesting usually. Mariota is back again for a next period, more healthy and extra confident. Peterman is the dude who can work the offense in the case of a calamity. Sloter aspires to Peterman’s career.
Sensation the draft: Possibly a developmental challenge on Working day 3, but the Raiders have other regions to enhance.
Working backs (5)
Starters–Josh Jacobs, Alec Ingold (FB). Backups–Kenyan Drake, Jalen Richard, Alec Ingold (FB) Theo Riddick
Outlook: Jacobs is a essential part of a balanced attack (essentially extra of a operate-first attack if the score dictates) but showed put on and tear in every of his initially two seasons. Gruden believes Drake can offer a existence in both equally the managing and passing video games. Both Gruden has miscalculated Drake’s potential as far more than a dumpoff receiver or Arizona did in his last halt. Richard’s use was a vocation-low final time and he’ll offer depth, as will Riddick. Ingold continues to be a valued blocker and special groups player as properly as a getting a budding chief.
Emotion the draft: One more physique or two to contend with Richard and Riddick could get there on Day 3 or as an undrafted cost-free agent. After the signing of Drake to go along with Jacobs, the touches will presently be scrutinized if both equally continue to be nutritious.
Wide receivers (9)
Starters–Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow (slot). Backups--John Brown, Willie Snead IV, Zay Jones, Marcell Ateman, Keelan Doss, Trey Quinn
Outlook: Whatsoever the self-confidence level in Ruggs and/or Edwards as Calendar year 2 receivers who really should really get some off-time or training camp, it positive appears to be like the Raiders hedged their bets by introducing Brown and Snead. Preferably, very last year’s picks make quantum leaps. If not, there’s some insurance plan. Renfrow is the variety of slot receiver every single group would appreciate to have. Jones’ documented assurance signifies he’s almost certainly sticking all over while Ateman, Doss and Quinn combat for scraps.
Experience the draft: It is a difficult adequate offense for a rookie to digest in any case. With two second-12 months premium picks to go along with a pair of able veterans, it’s complicated to envision throwing a Working day 1 or 2 draft select into the blend except if he can return kicks and excel on specific groups.
Restricted finishes (4)
Starter–Darren Waller. Backups–Foster Moreau, Derek Carrier, Nick Bowers, Nick O’Leary
Outlook: The Raiders have a No. 1 receiver. He just transpires to be a “tight stop,” despite the fact that Waller can also be flexed, set in the backfield or lineup in the slot. Waller will continue being Carr’s go-to with the principle becoming the wideouts as very well as operating backs (Drake?) will be productive and interchangeable. Moreau, with a whole yr to mend from a torn ACL and a yr with Jason Witten, has the appear of a starter on a lot of groups. Carrier’s specific teams prowess and versatility got him a different contract. Bowers and O’Leary shift up if there is an injuries.
Experience the draft: Never rule out Gruden locating a Working day 3 tight stop he likes and keeping four on the roster as he did final yr. Or he can do a nutty Gruden issue and trade up for Kyle Pitts to pair with Waller. He would not . . . would he?
Offensive line (11)
Starters–LT Kolton Miller, LG Richie Incognito, C Andre James, RG Denzelle Superior, RT Brandon Parker. Backups–C Nick Martin, G John Simpson, T Jaryd Smith-Jones, G Lester Cotton, T Kamaal Seymour, C-G Erik Magnuson
Outlook: A gaping entire at right tackle and a paper-slender appear in phrases of depth. James will get very first crack at changing Hudson, no modest undertaking, and Martin was signed in situation he’s not all set. Very good is much more than able of replacing Jackson, but it is a major question to count on a 38-year-old starter in Incognito. On a single hand, the coaches appreciate him. On the other, the Raiders slashed his income (and he acknowledged) so it is not as if they’re brimming with self-assurance he’ll maintain up. Preferably, Simpson steps up and problems to start off. Miller was extended at a Pro Bowl stage. Parker has had 3 decades to distinguish himself. Other than a couple of run-hefty video games final time, it has not happened. Smith-Jones, Cotton, Seymour and Magnuson are exercise-squad-level or fringe-on-the-53 style gamers.
Sensation the draft: The Raiders at No. 17 can ignore about Penei Sewell (Oregon) and probably Rashawn Slater (Northwestern) unless of course they shift up. Both equally would be plug-and-participate in starters. Christian Darrisaw (Virginia Tech), Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC) are options and a pair of college or university packages the Raiders admire have Day 2 prospects in Jackson Carman (Clemson) and Alex Leatherwood (Alabama).
Defensive line (15)
Starters–E Clelin Ferrell, T Johnathan Hankins, T Quinton Jefferson, E Yannick Ngakoue. Backups–E Maxx Crosby, T Maurice Hurst, T Solomon Thomas, E Carl Nassib, E Arden Critical, E-T Kendal Vickers, E-T Chris Smith, E David Irving, E Matt Dickerson, T Darius Philoh, T Niles Scott.
Outlook: A lot of substitution so the who commences and who doesn’t discussion isn’t a big offer. Ferrell grades out nicely in accordance to the Raiders but is not dominant as an edge rusher. Which is wherever Ngakoue comes in, alongside with Crosby. The inside press received a likely significant boost with Jefferson and Thomas signing up for Hurst as a few tactics, with Hankins taking on added blockers within. Nassib will need to enjoy significantly better to stay clear of becoming labeled a cost-free agent bust. Vickers was a nice shock previous year and versatile whilst Smith also performed equally outdoors and inside. Gamers these types of as Important, Philoh, Irving and Dickerson all have some intrigue in terms of talent set but will have to battle to stick.
Feeling the draft: With Ngakoue, Jefferson and Thomas aboard to sign up for Crosby, the tension to use the first decide on on a person to thrust the pocket has lessened noticeably. That does not suggest the Raiders won’t choose 1 if a coveted edge player falls into their lap.
Starters–WLB Cory Littleton, MLB Nick Kwiatkoski, SLB Nicholas Morrow. Backups–OLB Tanner Muse, OLB Javin White, MLB Asmar Bilal, OLB Gerri Inexperienced, OLB James Onwualu.
Outlook: The Raiders have monetary commitments to Littleton, Kwiatkoski and Morrow which counsel they’ll all enjoy prominent roles. The hope is Muse can make some progress on unique teams and understand to perform a linebacker after losing his rookie time to personal injury. White showed flashes as a weakside linebacker a yr in the past.
Feeling the draft: You can uncover plenty of mock drafts with the Raiders taking a linebacker up high. The wage table implies otherwise. Stick to the income.
Starters–LCB Treyvon Mullen, RCB Damon Arnette, Amik Robertson (slot). Backups–Isaiah Johnson, Nevin Lawson, Keisean Nixon, Kemah Siverand, Rashaan Gaulden
Outlook: The hope is Mullen develops into an upper tier cornerback in Year 3 with the assist of an upgraded go rush. Arnette experienced a tough rookie yr immediately after getting a shock to start with-round draft select, battling injuries, concussions and frequently erratic participate in. Robertson could conclude up beginning the very first two game titles with Lawson out on suspension so he wants a potent offseason and schooling camp. Johnson couldn’t capitalize on his major minute versus the Chargers in conditions of being on the industry. Nixon’s mission is ascend past becoming a core unique teams participant and unexpected emergency corner. Siverand and Gaulden face long odds.
Sensation the draft: The Raiders are however in want of a cornerback who can enjoy the ball in the air as very well as participate in physically and you can anticipate at least a person corner or two to arrive April 29-Could 1.
Starters–SS Johnathan Abram, FS Karl Joseph. Backups–Jeff Heath, Dallin Leavitt
Abram, in certain, wants to move up in a massive way following shedding his first time to injuries and interspersing blown coverages, missed tackles and penalties with the occasional enthusiastic major strike. Joseph was actually getting his finest season as a Raider in advance of a foot damage sidelined him right after 9 games in 2019. Heath had his times last period (at Arrowhead versus Kansas City) but is at his finest with a scaled-down function and as a unique groups participant. Leavitt’s finest function has been on unique groups but he keeps undertaking more than enough to adhere.
Feeling the draft: Neither Abram nor Joseph is the heart fielder the Gus Bradley defensive system has essential in the earlier. Trevon Moehrig of TCU was Mel Kiper Jr.’s decide on for the Raiders in the initial spherical.
K Daniel Carlson, P A.J. Cole, LS Trent Sieg, K Dominic Eberle, LS Liam McCullough
Outlook: Barring harm, it’s Carlson, Cole and Sieg for the foreseeable potential. Eberle was stored close to on observe squad so the Raiders could easily go in somebody if Carlson had been to be hurt.
Experience the draft: Not very likely.