Latest Raiders’ Draft Nuggets With The NFL Draft Just One Day Away

The draft is now just a day away and, in theory, it’s time for all the good rumor dumps to start making their way around the internet. Unfortunately, The Athletic‘s Vic Tafur talked this week about how it’s a down year for draft rumors as the Raiders have shut down a lot of the rumors and whispers.

Last year, Tafur’s final mock draft gave the Raiders Henry Ruggs III and this year he has them drafting a tackle in the first round and trading up to draft a safety somewhere around the beginning of the second round.

Here are a few other stories that have been making the rounds over the last few days…

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer brought up an interesting name for the Raiders at pick 17.

“Two personnel people mentioned to me on Monday that Vegas has done a lot of work on Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley. I don’t know where the Raiders are at on him medically. But maybe this is the path to Farley, an opt-out who now has two back surgeries on his ledger, staying in the top 20 picks.”

Would the Raiders take a cornerback in the first round a year after drafting Damon Arnette?

Probably not.

If they do draft another cornerback in round one, would they take a player with as many unknowns as Farley?

Probably not.

Sticking with the Sports Illustrated theme, Raiders’ insider Hondo Carpenter has been talking about the Raiders potentially drafting Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons for weeks. This week on the Pritch and Clay radio show he said that the Raiders are “going to be sitting there thinking it’s Christmas” if Parsons drops to pick 17. He then submitted a mock draft on Tuesday with the Raiders drafting Parsons.

Decide for yourself whether or not the Raiders really want to draft Parsons at pick 17, but what a strange approach it would be to see a team hoping a player falls in the draft… only to sit back and watch well-respected team insiders tell everyone the plan.

For what it’s worth, there is more than one beat writer calling for Parsons in the first round (if he falls to pick 17). ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez also drafted Parsons in his latest mock:

“A playmaking alpha linebacker for defensive coordinator Gus Bradley? Yes, please. Though it’s hard to see Parsons falling into the Raiders’ lap. Still, Las Vegas needs a versatile linebacker to fit Bradley’s scheme and Parsons would nicely complement Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski. A more realistic option in this scenario, if the top three OT prospects are gone by the 17th pick, is for the Raiders to trade back a few slots and select a versatile offensive lineman like USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker. He could slide inside to right guard and Denzelle Good could potentially move to right tackle.”

If the Raiders do draft Parsons, he would immediately be the most physically-talented player on Gus Bradley’s defense. But linebacker isn’t a huge need on the roster right now and it would be a gamble to stroll into the second round of the draft with huge needs at right tackle and safety – especially given some of the options the Raiders will have at those positions with pick 17.

As for the safety position, everyone seems to agree that the Raiders are looking hard at first and second round safeties.

From ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller via

“Yes, they poked around the quarterbacks as they always do, but [the Raiders] aren’t expected to make a wild move to select one this year. Instead, look at the middle of the field on defense being a priority for this team. Safety Trevon Moehrig and linebacker/safety Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah are expected to be targets.”

Moehrig makes a lot of sense. Owusu-Koramoah does not. It’s interesting that Miller doesn’t include offensive tackle as a top target position with pick 17.

ESPN’s Todd McShay has made a good living as a draft analyst, but he might want to get up to speed on the Raiders needs at the present time.

“Nick Martin is expected to fill Hudson’s role at center,” McShay recently wrote on the Raiders draft needs. “But it’s safe to assume Derek Carr is crossing his fingers that coach Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock address tackle and guard…”

It shouldn’t take a lot of research to reach the conclusion that Andre James is the Raiders first option at center and Martin is simply on the roster to provide competition. Also, it’s hard to imagine Carr is “crossing his fingers” that the Raiders will take a guard early in the draft. Richie Incognito isn’t young, but he is still very good. Denzelle Good and John Simpson figure to compete for the other guard spot.

As for McShay’s counterpart at ESPN, this is what Mel Kiper recently said about the Raiders first-round pick.

“You know what would be a perfect Raider pick? What does Gruden always say you have to have to finish games? A great pass rush. They haven’t had that in [Clelin] Ferrell. I think Jaelan Phillips screams Raiders.”

At least one mock draft agrees with Kiper.

Sunday Night Football on NBC on Twitter: “The one, and only, @ProFootballTalk mock #NFLDraft of the year is here!The breakdown of the first-round picks: / Twitter”

The one, and only, @ProFootballTalk mock #NFLDraft of the year is here!The breakdown of the first-round picks:

The Saints are reportedly trying to trade up from pick 28 to potentially draft Farley (who was linked to the Raiders above).

Joe Rexrode on Twitter: “Per @CharlesRobinson on Caleb Farley, says he’s hearing Saints might move up to get him. And that Saints feel they may need to move ahead of Titans to get it done. / Twitter”

Per @CharlesRobinson on Caleb Farley, says he’s hearing Saints might move up to get him. And that Saints feel they may need to move ahead of Titans to get it done.

Trading back to pick 28 might be the perfect scenario for the Raiders to get a starting safety and a starting offensive tackle in the draft’s first two rounds.

Last but not least, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this week that the Raiders would consider a quarterback with their first-round pick if one drops to them.

If a team wanted a quarterback at pick 17, the last thing that team would do is have a national insider post is RAIDERS MIGHT DRAFT A QUARTERBACK AT PICK 17… but hopefully the teams drafting after the Raiders in round one are taking the cheese.

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1 thought on “Latest Raiders’ Draft Nuggets With The NFL Draft Just One Day Away

  1. Best scenario is for Raiders to trade Carr for Mack & Trubiski, then star Mariota with Trubisky as backup, this would allow Raiders to still stay at No. 17.

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