The NFL draft will be here before we know it. We’ve already ramped up our draft coverage and expect extensive coverage in the coming weeks.
I will do more mock drafts but, for now, on March 30, I want to present my choices for the Raiders’ two first-round picks.
Again, this is subject to change, these are simply my thoughts at the moment.
No. 12, CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma:
There is a strong chance the Raiders will have their choice of wide receivers, which is their biggest need. The top receivers – in an extremely strong receiver class – are widely considered to be Lamb, plus Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III of Alabama. It’s difficult to pinpoint which teams will prefer which players but I think Lamb checks all the boxes that Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock are looking for. He seems to fit this system perfectly, so, for now, that’s where I think the Raiders are leaning.
No. 19, Grant Delpit, S, LSU: I feel less sure of this pick, but that’s why it goes this deep in the draft. I just get a feeling Mayock may push for this player. Is cornerback a bigger need than safety? Maybe, but if Delpit is better than the available cornerbacks, he’d be a good fit and a nice pairing with 2019 first-round pick Johnathan Abram. Abram and Delpit could play essentially their entire careers together as the patrolling of the back of the Las Vegas secondary. Plus, Delpit seems like a typical Mayock pick. He’s a good producer from a big-time program. If Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson is available, he’d be the pick, I think he may be gone.