Finally the draft has arrived, getting tired of all the click-bait stories about how the Raiders are trading one or both of their picks for miscontents on other teams or stories about how they would 'love' to draft player X or Y because they are the fastest player at their position(are they aware that Al Davis died years ago, so that type of drafting has long since passed too).
I just hope that GM Mike Mayock doesn't have to use up too many picks on new toys for Gruden to play with. They already have Carr, Mariota and Peterman, so spending an early pick on another QB should be out of the question, and the same applies with Waller, Moreau, Witten, Butler et al being more than adequate at tight end, especially given the weakness of this years' TE draft class.
Mayock would undoubtedly love to trade down to gain an extra pick or two in rounds 2 and/or 3, but with the supposed depth of talent this year, it seems more people want to trade down than trade up, so the compensation for dropping down might not be that great as teams compete for trade partners.
A couple of players linked with the Raiders make me nervous, I haven't seen much of Ruggs, but one site in comparing him to a current NFL player compared him to Darius Herward Bey(yikes!!!), while the 2nd rated cornerback prospect DJ Henderson is supposed to be a weak tackler, so unless his coverage skills mirror Deion Sanders, that would be a problem.
Whoever they choose, they need playmakers, especially on defence where Maxx Crosby was the only player to make things happen last year. Adams was injured for almost the entire season and may help, but they need far more than solid players on defence if they are going to slow Mahomes and co. They lack a number one WR too and in the later rounds they could do with finding a real speedster that can contribute on special teams and stretch the field on offence as well.
I just hope they stay put and take the best non QB or offensive tackle at 12, and as I see it, an impact linebacker is more valuable than the 3rd or 4th choice corner at 19. If they do trade, then drop from 19 into the 20s and get a few extra picks that could be packaged with 1 or more of their 3 third round picks, to possibly move back up into the 2nd.
I wonder would they even consider trading for picks next year, due to the uncertainty about whether the 2020 NFL and NCAA seasons will go ahead as planned ?