Day One Raiders Draft Thoughts

It was a wild opening night to the draft from Nashville. General manager Mike Mayock admitted to having butterflies before the draft and it wasn’t a lot different for fans watching on television.

A few quick notes on yesterday before doing it all over again tonight…

It looks like the Raiders tried to make a move for Quinnen Williams. According To Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Raiders made a call to the Jets while New York was on the clock and tried to trade for the third pick.

The Raiders, I believe, had a spot in the first round that they were willing to trade down to where they thought they could still get Clelin Ferrell. Obviously, no acceptable offer was made. There wasn’t a big trade target on the board for the fourth pick, so even if someone may have called, the Raiders probably weren’t offered a lot.

One of the leaks that was obviously true involved Alabama running back Josh Jacobs. The Raiders loved him and the fact that they took him with with pick 24 and not pick 27 (with Montez Sweat and Hollywood Brown still on the board) tells you Gruden and company didn’t want to take any chances that another team might scoop Jacobs up.

Jacobs had only 251 career carries at Alabama. He will have at least that many carries this year if he stays healthy.

As for the scouts that were sent home before the draft, Mayock said it only took them about 40 minutes from the time they were dismissed to start talking to the media. So there’s all you need to know about that.

For what it’s worth, Jacobs and the Raiders final first-round pick of the night, Johnathan Abram, were both ranked at the top of their position groups by respected NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

Abram might quickly become one of the cornerstones of the Raiders secondary… an “Earl Thomas type” that might be able to play free safety as well as strong safety.

The common denominator to all three of the Raiders’ picks, though, seems to be character and work ethic. As Mayock said yesterday at the conclusion of the first round…

“We are sending a message.”

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