The Raiders were quite busy in the first round of the draft, thanks to having two of the 32 selections. Today, head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock are going to have to bide their time for a couple of hours or more before springing into action.
That is, unless Gruden and Mayock pull off one or more trades that nets them a second-round pick.
As of now, the Raiders own the rights to picks Nos. 80, 81 and 91, all in the third round. Their second-round pick went to the Chicago Bears as part of the compensation for trading defensive end Khalil Mack.
Gruden and Mayock wanted to get into the second round by virtue of trading down from No. 19 on Thursday night. However, Mayock said, they didn’t want to risk losing a shot at getting Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette.
As the action unfolds, we will be here to keep you abreast of any news that pertains to the Raiders and what the picks of other teams means for the Raiders.
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The second round of the draft is well underway, and already a slew of big-name prospects are flying off the board. This is going to make it even more bittersweet for Gruden and Mayock during their long wait.
No word yet on whether the Raiders are trying to move into the second round. It likely will hinge upon if a couple of high-profile prospects fall toward the end of the second round.
The Dolphins are doing a nice job rebuilding that franchise, smartly working from quarterback to left offensive tackle to cornerback to guard.
The Chicago Bears selected tight end Cole Kmet with the 43rd pick, the second-rounder they received from the Raiders as part of the Mack trade.
The Broncos are hell-bent upon not being left behind in the arms race going on in the AFC West. To that end, they used their second-round pick on Penn State wide receiver. K.J. Hamler, to go with receiver Jerry Jeudy in the first round.
Cornerback Jaylon Johnson just got selected by the Bears in the middle of the second round. Johnson was a player that had been linked to the Raiders quite a bit. Instead, the Raiders took Arnette.
Those who held out hope that Gruden would draft quarterback Jalen Hurts and groom him as the successor to Derek Carr, hope died in the form of the Eagles taking Hurts at No. 53.
That makes five quarterbacks that have been drafted so far. If Gruden is going to take one, now the focus shifts to the likes of Jake Fromm and James Morgan, if not Jacob Eason.
The quarterbacks remain on the board for the Raiders, but running back A.J. Dillon, defensive end A.J. Epenesa, cornerback Kristian Fulton, receiver Denzel Mims and others that might have tempted Gruden and Mayock now are gone.
Yet, there’s still 17 more picks before the Raiders are scheduled to make their first pick since the two they made Thursday.
The Chiefs just scored a direct hit on the second pick of this draft, with linebacker Willie Gay Jr. That’s a player that the Raiders had their eye on, no doubt.
Here we go, folks. The second round just ended, which means the Raiders are at least in the same round as their next pick. Still, though, there are 15 more picks before the Raiders snag their next player.
Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn and Wyoming linebacker Logan Wilson just went with the final pick of the second round and first pick of the third round, respectively. Both players could have helped the Raiders right away.