The Raiders spent money in the offseason and still possess valuable draft capital. Setting up for a sustained run via draft remains the top priority.
Yet, linebacker remains a position of attrition. Moreover, Spears brings something that the current and previous group of ‘backers lacked: coverage skills.
On top of that, Wilson profiles personally as the type of player that Gruden would embrace.
When he's aggressive, Derek Carr can lead this team. yet, we can't harken back to 2016 and wish for a return. All of the expectations, resting on his shoulders.
If you add in the value of Huntley in the backfield as well, you could see the Raiders feasting on one-on-one perimeter matchups.
Imagine a linebacker that size, that will destroy ballcarriers, but not incur suspensions or stupid penalties. Expect a Day Three selection for the former Montana standout.
Right now, Ward presents a much higher ceiling than either Richard and Washington. He’s a better natural receiver than Richard and more elusive than Washington.
Johnson is not a perfect prospect, but he does flash potential, and the Raiders will have nothing but cap space and time to develop players.
On top of that, Hurts would finally give Jon Gruden his chance to develop his own young quarterback.
While Mims may not profile as a number one wideout, he could climb the depth chart in a hurry. The Raiders need receivers that can stretch the field.
Nonetheless, you don’t have to give up picks to get Crabtree. You also don’t need to wait for him to adapt to your QB or learn a new city.
The NFL continues to evolve. Gruden and the Raiders need to follow suit.
The Raiders do not employ the secondary depth, especially at corner to compete for a division title on a consistent basis.
For all of his abundant gifts, Martavis Bryant remains another failed test away from a year suspension. Under those consequences, Butler presents a Day 3 option with the arrow facing upward.
He is a gifted athlete with arm strength, toughness, and a winner’s mentality. In his time in Fargo, Stick lead his team to three national championships. Jon Gruden values toughness and battlers. The Raiders could look at Stick on Day 3.