Report Says Raiders May Avoid Collegiate COVID-19 Holdouts in the Draft

Back in March, the Raiders released Ukeme Eligwe, Jeremiah Valoaga and D.J. Killings. All three players were released on the same day, but they also had something else in common: they had all opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.

It seemed at the time (and still does) that the Raiders were probably sending a message by releasing their three pandemic holdouts at the same time.

Now it sounds like the Raiders might be making similar coronavirus considerations with their draft strategy this year.

“This is just a gut feeling, but I don’t think the Raiders will draft any players in the first three rounds who opted out of their college seasons last year for COVID-19 reasons,” The Athletic’s Vic Tafur wrote this week.

“Both Gruden and Mayock constantly preach about how much they want players who love football,” Tafur continued. “Respecting a player’s decision is one thing, but selecting that player after he opted out of last season may not be easy for Gruden or Mayock to swallow. Especially after the team did not have a good handle on the COVID-19 situation; it was fined a combined $1.2 million and stripped a sixth-round draft pick (which was later returned on appeal) for a series of violations and screw-ups.”

If true that the Raiders really don’t want to take pandemic holdouts early in the draft, it would effectively remove Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons from their draft board.

Meanwhile, all the buzz around the Raiders has been that they love Parsons, and he that might be a player they would trade up to draft.

Have to wonder which of those pre-draft narratives is true… because one has to be wrong.

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8 thoughts on “Report Says Raiders May Avoid Collegiate COVID-19 Holdouts in the Draft

  1. If another team ahead of the Raiders takes Parsons that ends the discussion. Personally, I hope the Raiders avoid reaching, red flags, and gambling on “hidden gems.” They did great with Crosby and Renfrow. But since then, not so much.

  2. Where’s the story on Mark Davis’ tweet “I can breathe” ? It amazes me that so many publicized their condemnations of Mr. Davis’ tweet saying how insensitive it was(including LeBron James) and I knew right from the start it was meant as it was plain and simple when there was such a rush to judgement! The great Al Davis was all about being anti-racist and not only talked the talk but walked the walk and there are masses of former players, friends,acquaintances and most importantly his family and including his son Mark would attest to!! For me personally I didn’t need to hear Mark’s subsequent press release about George Floyd trial and justified conviction of his murderer withe references to George’s brother Philonise and his brothers and families subsequent heartfelt thanks to Mark and the Las Vegas Raiders Organization for knowing that his tweet was sincere in order for me to know that. Al Davis was a trailblazer like no other and not everyone was a fan of the way he did things, but he was a straight shooter and told you and showed you what he was..a brave, honest and respectful man that treated everyone fairly and he obviously instilled that in his son Mark and the legacy lives on! There may be franchises in the NFL with more Super Bowls, but the greatest franchise of them all lives on in the Las Vegas Raiders! ” Just Win Baby” God Bless Al Davis, Mark Davis and family, God Bless The Las Vegas Raiders and God Bless The Raider Nation ‼️🙏☝

  3. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. If we want an immediate impact player from this draft we need to trade up for either Jaycee horn or Patrick surtain jr.. both have been raised around the NFL with their famous father’s and in other drafts would both be top 5 picks. We can actually trade up at a reasonable price to grab one of them. We would immediately have our number 1 corner. We would be able to have arnette in a rotation role and possibly move him to compete in the slot…stop fuckin around and get a game changer

  4. Speaking of things that “Gruden and Mayock might find hard to swallow.” How about their collective ineptness?? Trading Kahlil Mack to acquire 5 players that are no longer with the team is a fact. Gruden lamenting how hard it is to find a good pass rusher after letting a generational one go, another fact. Gruden and Mayock’s won / loss record since taking over the management of the Raiders, another abysmal fact. Too bad they can’t find accepting millions of dollars from Mark Davis for incompetence equally as hard to swallow. I guess it all makes sense though since millions of people, in this country, have demonstrated a 70 million person strong propensity for following foolish, inept and incompetent “leadership.”

    1. Your comment is devoid of two things that have absolute significant bearing on the Khalil Mack trade. Mack did not want to play in Oakland and had no desire nor did he speak with management from the moment they arrived. Secondly we got Josh Jacobs thanks to Khalil Mack and we got out of cap hell a lot sooner and easier without Khalil Mack. And how have the Bears done with him? Have the Bears done any better than us? In fact they’re strapped for cash because of Khalil Mack. 22 strap yourself for cash for an amazing Legendary player, it’s a completely different thing to strap yourself for cash for a legendary player who doesn’t want to play for you. Maybe we should talk about Todd marinovich or JaMarcus Russell? That’s how relevant you sound

      1. Call it whatever you want however what you have avoided addressing is the Raiders won loss record under Jon Gruden. There are so many articles out right now that point to Gruden’s mediocrity as a head coach. The objective is to win games and be competitive of which Gruden has done neither. Getting Josh Jacobs and Max Crosby, for that matter, has not translated into a winning season. Gruden’s overall track record for selecting either free agents or draft prospects is abysmal and I won’t even address his junior varsity play calling. Last season, as you well know, the Raiders started out 6-2 and folded down the stretch because of Gruden. Surely I don’t need to list all the examples of Gruden’s ineptness. The point is, going back to Russell and Marinovich is inconsequential, what is of some consequence is what is being done from here forward to produce a winning team. Trading Rodney Hudson was stupid. We are certainly going to find out, this year, just how well Derek Carr does on the run. Richie Incognito was good in his prime and “may” still optimisticly have another season of football in him but his age and health are obvious liabilities. As far as being cash strapped, last year Gruden brought in Demarius Randall, gave him 1.5 million and then cut him and we wonder why this team is cash strapped. As far as trading Marcus Mariotta, NO SANE PERSON wants to see Nathan Peterman, the statistically worst quarterback in NFL history, hit the field. Gruden has groomed him and he’s still incompetent. If anyone doesn’t believe that then why doesn’t Gruden try to trade him. If Arden Key and Maurice Hurst weren’t picked up off of the waiver wire, what do you think would happen to Nathan Peterman should he be released? Only a fool, Jon Gruden, would have the statistically worst quarterback in NFL history on his team. So, what IS relevant is what happens, this year and beyond, with respect to Jon Gruden’s free agent and draft selections and if we use his past record on both as a barometer for success, it will be another losing season on the horizon. Lastly, it is Raiders fans that are finding Jon Gruden’s and Mike Mayock’s decision making extremely “hard to swallow.”

    2. Mack wanted out. Never even spoke to Gruden when he was hired. Said he wouldn’t play for him. We made offer he refused and was sent packing. Yes the picks have been questionable in the draft but their Gruden s picks not Mayock s . Gruden has too much power. Mack gave him the keys and checked out.

  5. Call it whatever you want to however what you have avoided addressing is the Raiders won / loss record under Jon Gruden, you know, that elephant in the room otherwise known as the only thing that matters. There are so many articles out right now that point to Gruden’s mediocrity as a head coach. All too many people spend year after year justifying Gruden producing a losing record, for my taste. The objective is to win games and be competitive of which Gruden has done neither. Getting Josh Jacobs and Max Crosby, for that matter, has not translated into a winning season and while acquiring those two layers may be considered “hits,” to use a baseball analogy, Gruden’s “batting average,” relative to acquiring good vs bad players, is easily in the low 0.100s. Gruden’s overall track record for selecting either free agents or draft prospects is abysmal, to put it succintly, and I won’t even address his junior varsity play calling. Last season, as you well know, the Raiders started out 6-2 and folded down the stretch because of Gruden. Surely I don’t need to list all the examples of Gruden’s ineptness. The point is, going back to Russell and Marinovich is inconsequential, what is of some consequence is what is being done from here forward to produce a winning team. Trading Rodney Hudson was stupid. We are certainly going to find out, this year, just how well Derek Carr does on the run. Richie Incognito was good in his prime and “may” still, optimisticly have another season of football in him but his age and health are obvious liabilities, even this year. As far as being cash strapped, last year Gruden brought in Demarius Randall, gave him 1.5 million and then cut him and we wonder why this team is cash strapped. That used to be called financial mismanagement. As far as trading Marcus Mariotta, in addition to the fact that he has a no trade clause in his current contract, NO SANE PERSON wants to see Nathan Peterman, the statistically worst quarterback in NFL history, hit the field. Gruden has groomed him and he’s still incompetent. If anyone doesn’t believe that then why doesn’t Gruden try to trade him? Could it be because Nathan Peterman’s “trade value” is, I’ll be kind here, negligible? If Arden Key and Maurice Hurst weren’t picked up off of the waiver wire, what do you think would happen to Nathan Peterman should he be released? Only a fool, Jon Gruden, would have the statistically worst quarterback in NFL history on his team not for one year but multiple years. Another shining example of Mark Davis’ money “well spent” thanks to Jon Gruden. So, what IS relevant is what happens, this year and beyond, with respect to Jon Gruden’s free agent and draft selections and if we use his past record on both as a barometer for success, it will be another losing season on the horizon. Lastly, it is Raiders fans that are finding Jon Gruden’s and Mike Mayock’s decision making extremely “hard to swallow.”

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