As events unfold, those of us at RaidersSnakePit will chime in on what they mean for the Raiders. This will go on throughout the first round of the draft.
This thread also is a place for everyone to comment, praise, criticize teams for moves made throughout the first round. Enjoy, and see you soon.
QB Joe Burrow to the Bengals at No. 1 overall. No surprise there, eh? Look for Ohio State defensive end Chase Young to go to Washington at No. 2. The first possible twist in this draft is apt to come at No. 3, where the Detroit Lions want out because they know they can move down to No. 5, No. 6 or wherever and still get the player they would take at No. 3, while adding one or more extra picks.
As expected, Washington selected Young at No. 2. Next up, the Detroit Lions. Look for them to trade the pick. Might the Raiders move up and draft Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa?
The Lions selected Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah at No. 3. What that tells me is, the Lions weren’t able to get an acceptable offer to trade down.
The New York Giants are up at No. 4. Look for them to take a wide receiver or an offensive tackle here.
As expected, the Giants went with Georgia left offensive tackle Andrew Thomas in an attempt to find someone to protect second-year quarterback Daniel Jones’ blindside. Safe, sound move by the Giants.
That move also keeps all the wide receivers on the board for the Raiders, should they choose to go that route.
The Miami Dolphins are on the clock at No. 5. They figure to take Tagovailoa, quarterback Justin Herbert or an offensive tackle.
The Dolphins made the only move that makes sense, taking quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Sure there’s a risk, but head coach Brian Flores understands that his team isn’t going anywhere without a stud quarterback. He just got his man.
At No. 6, the Los Angeles Chargers took Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert and found their replacement for Philip Rivers. That makes three quarterbacks within the first six picks.
So, if the Raiders are going to take a quarterback in this draft, they likely won’t have to do so at No. 12, given none of the remaining prospects is expected to go that high.
The Carolina Panthers are up at No. 7, and they are expected to take Clemson do-it-all defensive player Isaiah Simmons.
Instead, the Panthers went with Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown, a huge presence in the middle of the line. Tough to criticize this pick. Simmons is inching toward the Raiders territory.
Well, there goes Simmons, to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 8. Another great move. Amazing that no team so far has made a questionable pick.
On to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who need help everywhere. They take either an offensive tackle or a receiver at this spot, unless they decide to trade back.
The Jaguars opted to go with Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson at No. 9. Solid pick. They need so much help that they just needed to make sure they got a can’t-miss prospect. Mission accomplished.
All the wide receivers remain on the board. Next up are the Browns, who likely will take an offensive tackle to help protect Baker Mayfield. It’s looking good for the Raiders if they want a receiver at No. 12.
As expected, the Browns went with an offensive tackle, Alabama’s Jedrick Wills. Again, that’s great news for a Raiders team in need of a receiver.
The only team standing between the Raiders and their initial first-round pick is the New York Jets. They should take an offensive tackle or a wide receiver.
The Jets, too, found it too difficult to pass on a left offensive tackle, and selected Louisville’s Mekhi Becton. Another great selection.
So, here we go, the Raiders are on the clock and get their pick of the litter among wide receivers, if they go that direction. Buckle up.