The Oakland Raiders enter Day 2 with only one draft pick. As a result, they have one chance to make the best possible pick. Under those circumstances, the Raiders need to pick a sound player that will enter the facility and immediately contribute. Below, a list of talents that could find their way to the Raiders.
If the former LSU Tiger continues to fall, he fits in for the Raiders. Placing him on the other side of Gareon Conley, the Raiders could solve the cornerback issue for the next half-decade. Blessed with speed and closing ability, Williams shadows the top opposing wideout and gives his team a chance to dominate.
With Jared Cook off to New Orleans, the Raiders still need a playmaking tight end. Granted, the current roster does boast a handful of tight ends. Yet, none would give Derek Carr what Smith can. First, he will run smooth seam routes. Additionally, Smith meets and defeats defenders in the run game. Despite his frame, he will drive would-be tacklers off the ball.
Despite the drafting of Clelin Ferrell, the pass rush remains anemic. Therefore, looking at Ferguson feels like the smart move. With size, good pop and long arms, Ferguson brings an elevated level of energy to the first. If not for the overblown incident in high school, he would not reside on this list.
Shockingly, Butler is still out there. With the amount of receiving talent on the roster, Butler could expand his route tree at the back end of the rotation. However, considering his deceptive strength and explosion, he can win a one-on-one matchup.
In all honesty, the first round still does not sit right with most people. The Raiders need to mend this draft fence in a hurry. If they don’t, the first year of the Mayock and Gruden experiment will not feel great. By any measure, the team still needs help at multiple positions.