To get a superior seem at the Raiders’ roster and their NFL Draft requirements, we’re getting a each day look at placement groups. Today’s supplying: Huge receivers
Starters: Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow (slot). Backups: John Brown, Zay Jones, Willie Snead IV, Marcell Ateman, Keelan Doss, Trey Quinn
For supporters of prompt gratification, Ruggs was a letdown as the No. 12 in general decide on as every single of the 5 receivers chosen immediately after him in the initially spherical had a lot more receptions and all but just one experienced extra yards.
But the Raiders knew Ruggs was not a concluded product or service when they drafted him since of his velocity, and the way he flashed in the first sport against the Chiefs as properly as his past-next touchdown reception to beat the Jets straight contributed to two wins.
The two Ruggs and Edwards, a 3rd-round pick who fell behind early simply because of personal injury, will in principle make their presence felt in a even bigger way assuming they can be produced in just the method.
The clamor for a so-referred to as “No. 1” receiver doesn’t apply for the reason that the Raiders No. 1 is limited conclude Darren Waller. Fairly, the Raiders will glance to a wide variety of targets for quarterback Derek Carr that consists of Ruggs and Edwards, Renfrow in the slot and Brown arriving in totally free company in hopes of replacing Nelson Agholor.
Snead is yet another veteran who could contribute, though his veteran minimal contract signifies he’ll be operating guiding Jones, whose deal for $2.5 million for just one year is reportedly certain.
Ateman, Doss and Quinn will be challenging-pressed to contend for the 53-guy roster in this group, particularly if joined by a draft select.
Round 1 WRs in 2020
1/12 Henry Ruggs, Raiders, 26-452-17.4-2
1/15 Jerry Jeudy, Broncos, 52-856-16.5-3
1/17 CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys, 74-935-12.6-5
1/21 Jalen Reagor, Eagles, 31-396-12.8-1
1/22 Justin Jefferson, Vikings, 88-1,400-15.9-7
1/25 Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers, 60-748-12.5-5
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) April 17, 2021
On 3 events throughout his tenure as normal manager, Reggie McKenzie did not draft a huge receiver. That could be the case this time with Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock, contemplating what they’re expecting from Ruggs and Edwards from final year’s draft and the additions in cost-free company.
If the Raiders appear to make a go on Working day 2 or 3, it could be for somebody with experience returning kickoffs. Punts are not an concern unless the Raiders would somewhat preserve Renfrow for slot responsibilities rather than exposing him on punt returns.
Iowa’s Ihmir Smith-Marsette has good pace and returned 53 kickoffs for 1,520 yards with the Hawkeyes.
Quotation TO Notice
“I’m not let down in Henry. I feel Henry’s got to get superior. We understood how speedy he is, but he’s got to get more robust and he’s received to get in and out of his breaks much better. You’ve bought to sense him coming out of his breaks much more for him to get to the next amount. And I consider he will. But we have bought a lengthy-phrase view on Henry Ruggs.” — GM Mike Mayock
Simi Fehoko (Stanford)
Precedence SCALE (1 to 10)
7: Limited end