After the 2020 NFL Combine ended, the Las Vegas Raiders, like most teams begin to firm up their draft boards. As of this writing, college teams started to launch pro days. As a result, NFL teams will get to see these prospects during another set of tests. Below, you will find our post-combine draft.
Caveat: For the purposes of this draft, the Raiders traded the 19th overall pick to the Green Bay Packers for the 30th and 94th overall selections.
Round 1 (12th Overall)
Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Rod Marinelli walks into the DL coach spot, armed with years of Jon Gruden’s trust. As a result, Marinelli could push for a gamewrecker on the interior. Kinlaw’s blend of power, speed and technique will give Clelin Ferrell more one-on-ones. The Raiders actually build a young talented line.
Round 1 (30th Overall)
Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
This selection keeps Carr on the roster, while allowing Jon Gruden to groom his successor. Love’s foundation and aggressive mindset fit hand-in-glove with what Gruden envisions for his quarterbacks. Can Derek Carr mentor someone chosen to supplant him?
Round 2 (62th Overall)
Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
The team will attack free agency and probably sign a linebacker. Yet, they need to renovate the entire position group. In Brooks, the Raiders would enjoy a rangy playmaker with decent finishing power and the agility to thrive in space. When was the last linebacker this organization featured one of those?
Round 3 (80th Overall)
Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Claypool fits here for a couple of reasons. First, Mike Mayock continues to voice his disdain for early picks on wideouts. Additionally, you just know that Gruden loves bigger wideouts in his offense. Imagine Claypool on the other side of Tyrell Williams with Renfrow in the slot. Additionally, Claypool’s speed will allow Darren Waller to feast on intermediate routes.
Round 3 (81st Overall)
Willie Gay, LB, Mississippi State
For all of those who miss the intensity that Vontaze Burfict’s four-game tenure brought to the defense, meet Willie Gay. While Burfict plays within a confined area as a linebacker, Gay’s speed and burst give the Raiders another young playmaker that erases their long-standing issue with linebacker coverage. Now, can he control his temper?
Round 3 (91st Overall)
Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
In his return to the field, Jonathan Abram leads a group of unknowns. Erik Harris flashed, enjoyed great moments and atrocious collapses. Chinn’s range, frame and tackling ability allows the veteran to slide back into subpackage duty. If the Raiders slide Lamarcus Joyner to one safety spot, Chinn can learn while functioning on passing downs.
Round 3 (94th Overall)
Alton Robinson, DE, Syracuse
Benson Mayowa should command a large pay raise and starting role elsewhere. Arden Key enters his third year without any measure of sustained success. Behind Crosby and Ferrell, the Raiders need upside and depth. Robinson, from an athletic and build profile, resembles another former Rod Marinelli player, Robert Quinn. Angular, but powerful, Robinson wins with flashes of quick hands, good speed and a toolbox worth developing.
Round 4 (111th Overall)
Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA
If you’re honest, the cornerback room, with the exception of Trayvon Mullen, remains a disorganized mess. Whether the Raiders throw money at Byron Jones or not, depth plagues this unit. Despite his modest size, Holmes’ twitch and ball skills should draw attention. With the ball in the air, Holmes treats the pass like it’s his to make the play on. Against teams like the Chiefs that want to spread defenses out with wideouts, the Raiders need to roll out a competent group.
Round 7 (204th Overall)
Lamical Perine, RB, Florida
As mentioned, the Raiders chose Jalen Richard over DeAndre Washington. Richard serves as a third-down back, with little to no rush skills. Perine serves as the perfect backup to Josh Jacobs. He runs with force downhill, making would-be tacklers pay the price. Yet, he presents enough wiggle to sidestep and gain large chunks of yards downfield.
The Las Vegas Raiders need to attack free agency. However, they need to also stock the roster and depth chart with young talent.