Commentary by: Oliver Clothsoff
Oakland Raiders post draft update


Now that the draft is over, we’re going to break down the team and see how things look for this coming year.

 

QB

Andrew

Luck

29

89

Davis

Webb

24

67

Nate

Sudfeld

24

66

Easton

Stick

 

6th

 

With Andrew Luck guiding the passing attack, this should be another high scoring offense this year.  The addition of rookie Easton Stick in the 6th round should add some healthy competition for the primary backup role.

 

RB

Christian

McCaffrey

23

94

Marshawn

Lynch

33

88

Chris

Thompson

28

80

Justin

Jackson

24

73

Josh

Adams

21

73

Gus

Edwards

23

73

Ty

Johnson

 

5th

Trayveon

Williams

 

6th

 

There have been rumors of Christian being moved to another team all offseason, and with Lynch coming home to retire from the team he won a championship, this group could look much different when the season starts.  Don’t be surprised if rookie speedster Ty Johnson ends up leading the team in RB snaps this year.

 

WR

Tyreek

Hill

25

94

Josh

Gordon

28

85

Chris

Godwin

23

81

D.J.

Moore

22

80

Curtis

Samuel

24

78

Josh

Doctson

26

78

Jeremy

Maclin

31

79

Parris

Campbell

 

1st

Mecole

Hardman

 

1st

Deebo

Samuel

 

1st

Gary

Jennings

 

3rd

Dillon

Mitchell

 

6th

 

The Raiders took a gamble and traded for the top deep threat in the league, Tyreek Hill, risking everything with his off field issues.  There is a very real chance that with Maclin retiring, Doctson’s trade demands, and Hill and Gordon’s off field problems, that Curtis Samuel will be the oldest WR for the team this year.  The GM has prepared for this potential situation by drafting multiple players who can come in and play specific roles. This looks like it could be the fastest group of starting wrs in the league yet again.

 

TE

Evan

Engram

24

85

Mike

Gesicki

23

76

Will

Tye

27

77

 

Evan Engram is surprisingly still on the team, as he survived the first round of trades during the draft, despite lengthy talks involving him.  With Tye’s future in doubt, the team is hoping that Gesicki can build on his potential after gaining some weight during the offseason, and develop into a dominant red zone threat.

 

Oline

LT

Laremy

Tunsil

25

85

OT

Andre

Dillard

 

1st

LG

Frank

Ragnow

23

81

G

Phil

Haynes

 

5th

C

Erik

McCoy

 

2nd

C

Joey

Hunt

25

66

RG

Cole

Madison

24

64

RG

Brandon

Brooks

30

92

OT

Dalton

Risner

 

2nd

 

After letting both starting tackles go this year, expect to see some growing pains.  Tunsil should step in as the starting LT, but rookies Dillard and Risner will fight it out for the RT spot.  McCoy should be able to nail down the pivot position, but Risner has some experience there as well and may fight for some snaps there too.

 

Interior Dline

Mike

Daniels

30

90

Sheldon

Richardson

28

86

Jerry

Tillery

 

2nd

Trysten

Hill

 

4th

Renell

Wren

 

6th

 

After going lean on the inside last year, the team has picked up some development depth to help replace Daniels and Richardson in the coming years.  With this team’s focus on youth, don’t be surprised if Tillery ends up starting after last year’s starters are traded away.

 

Edge

Myles

Garrett

23

93

Trey

Hendrickson

24

77

Derek

Rivers

26

72

Joey

Ostman

 

66

Hercules

Mata'afa

22

64

Brian

Burns

 

1st

Ben

Banogu

 

4th

Maxx

Crosby

 

4th

Justin

Hollins

 

5th

 

Myles developed into a stud last year, showing that he belongs on the list of greatest NML sack masters of all time.  Losing Frank Clark hurts a bit, but hopefully rookie Brian Burns can step in on the opposite side of Myles and make an impact.  There have been some rumors of a trade that might bring in another edge guy who can help this team keep it’s reputation as one of the scariest opponents for opposing QBs.

 

LB

Roquan

Smith

22

82

Jatavis

Brown

25

79

Jerome

Baker

22

78

Shaquem

Griffin

24

70

Malik

Jefferson

22

70

Chase

Allen

26

69

Austin

Calitro

25

69

 

Last year we went heavy on the LB group, and it paid off with Roquan and Jerome both showing that they can be long time starters with their excellent coverage skills.  We brought in Jatavis to help with depth, as injuries for the playoffs exposed how thin we were for this group last year. Expect Griffin to get a chance to blitz, and potentially line up on the edge to spell Brian Burns this year.  News may have leaked that during the draft that several attempts were made to move up and draft prospect Devin White, but ultimately the bid to bring in Roquan’s clone fell short.

 

DB

Jalen

Ramsey

24

95

Richard

Sherman

30

93

Denzel

Ward

22

87

William

Jackson

25

85

Jason

Verrett

28

84

Chidobe

Awuzie

24

82

Sidney

Jones IV

24

77

Tarvarius

Moore

23

72

Nick

Nelson

22

71

Troy

Apke

24

69

Deshazor

Everett

 

67

Darnell

Savage

 

1st

David

Long

 

2nd

Jimmy

Moreland

 

7th

Ken

Webster

 

7th

 

Once again, the DB group looks ready to dominate, as we’ve brought in two new CBs via trade in Denzel Ward and Jason Verrett who have both shown that they can play at a high level.  The scouts wouldn’t shut up about the aptly named Darnell Savage, as they convinced the GM to draft him in the 1st round after claiming he was the offspring of Bob Sanders and Earl Thomas.  The other rookie that has garnered the attention of the coaching staff is David Long. More than one scout was said that watching film of David brought back memories of a young Revis. Expect a trade or two to happen prior to the start of the season for this group, as there are too many guys, and not enough snaps available to keep everyone happy.


 

Overall, the organization is happy with the roster that’s been put together at this point.  With few true holes, and enough depth to keep the injury bug from destroying the season, expectations of another playoff berth have been set.