ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have been higher than a little busy as the NFL’s brand new year formally lurks in on March 1-3. Not only have there been transfers splashy enough to surely make HBO’s”Hard Knocks” overlords take note — a trade to get Antonio Brown, the biggest contract ever handed out for an offensive lineman into Trent Brown, registering the polarizing along with oh-so-throwback-to-the-Badass Raiders Vontaze Burfict — however that the team also addressed real and specific needs while doling out more than $101 million in guaranteed contracts.
To be sure, there are many more needs. The Raiders were 4-12 at Jon Gruden’s tear-down season of 2018. But most of the motions supply the Raiders options heading into the next month’s draft.
“The more you do in free service, the longer surgical you are at the draft,” general manager Mike Mayock mentioned.
And Mayock, combined side Gruden, has positioned himself pretty well.
Notably with 1 / 2 of the Raiders’ eight selections coming in the initial 3-5 selections, at Nos. 4, 24, 27 and 35.
Just do it, try cobbling together a depth graph — in March, actually — with the 71 players currently on Oakland’s roster and see what jumps out at you.
True, the Raiders have a great deal of shuffling to do on the offensive line and probably must draft a road-grading guard. Still, you can find options currently on the roster, such as putting Trent Brown at left tackle, moving Kolton Miller to right tackle, shifting Gabe Jackson from right guard to his more natural left protector, including Denzelle Good at right guard and continuing to ride Guru Bowler Rodney Hudson in centre. Signing journeyman interior lineman Jordan Devey was advantageous to depth.
The Raiders had the fewest sacks in the NFL this past year with 1-3 and surely, if either Nick Bosa or even Josh Allen will there be at No. 4, they may hit. If the Raiders do not really”such as” the cluster of players sitting there at that pick, there isn’t any shame in trading down several spots but still addressing the position with the likes of Rashan Gary, Montez Sweat or even Clelin Ferrell.
And what about running back? Can Oakland’s favourite kid, Marshawn Lynch, have one more ride for The City ? Can Gruden also want him back, or might Doug Martin become more palatable? As nice a player as Jalen Richard is, he does not figure in order to be every-down back.
Oh, and with Jared Cook allegedly closing in on registering with the New Orleans Saints, are the Raiders willing to anoint Darren Waller the top rated pass-catching tight end to the roster, or even would either of those Iowa tight ends, T.J. Hockenson or even Noah Fant, fit the bill late at the initial round?
Same at safety, because Lamarcus Joyner is an excellent buy for Oakland, ” he probably gets more run at nickel corner back, along side Nevin Lawson, therefore someone such as Delaware’s Nasir Adderley could be late first-round target to pair with Karl Joseph.
“We do not want a good receiving corps,” Gruden said. “I would like the most useful receiving corps in football.”
Yes, Mr. Big Chest is the brand new Alpha-dog from the room, and Tyrell Williams is really a Great No. 2, however Seth Roberts stays a trim candidate. J.J. Nelson is fast, whilst Marcell Ateman is a significant target farther down the sideline. And imagine should the cut Jordy Nelson comes back to a less costly deal?
Yeah, there are holes to match. But having had what seems to be a thriving start to free service — Oakland has roughly $27 million remaining in salary-cap distance and needs a few $13 million to $15 million of this because of its current eight draft selections — Mayock, Gruden & Co. have positioned themselves well for April.
“We have gotten better, we have any funds from the draft which may carry on that process so when I have said all along, I don’t think you are able to rush this,” Gruden said. “You have to do everything you deem is ideal. Players do not become available all of the time. You can not create all of the necessary improvements. It takes a little bit of time. But we’re confident that we’re heading in the ideal direction.”
Before 19 decades, only the 2, 000 nyc Jets experienced more first-round draft selections in one season, with four. The Jets turned those selections to some 9-7 record at the ensuing season. The 20 17 Cleveland Browns (0-16), 2013 Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1) and 2001 Rams (14-2 and a Super Bowl appearance) all had three first-rounders, such as the Raiders perform at the moment.
Mayock, ever the realist, waxed .
“I think we need to acquire better anyplace,” he said. “once you create significant signings, what it really does against the team-needs perspective is it lets you concentrate in some other places. I have always been a big believer in the draft which value is value no matter position.
“We are excited about those initial four choices in the first 3-5. That’s outstanding, but we’ve to hit everywhere else and that’s the game plan.”