The NFL Draft is a week away and after trading for Davante Adams last month, the Raiders’ draft capital is a bit depleted, with only one pick in the first two days (No. 86). It’s time to take a look at who could be among the Raiders’ targets with that draft pick.
“Every draft is different,” Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler said Wednesday. “I do feel like there’s good depth in this draft. Some positions are deeper than others… At the end of the day I think the depth of this draft is strong.”
Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
The Raiders cannot go into 2022 with Brandon Parker entrenched in the starting right tackle spot. Lucas would bring much-needed competition to the position. He’s a massive pass-blocking specialist who protects the quarterback with his athleticism and strength. If he can learn from an NFL coaching staff, Lucas has the ability to be the long-term starting tackle for the Raiders.
Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
This might be a bit of a pipe dream, but it would be exactly that, a dream, for the Raiders. Andersen is a freak athlete (ran a 4.42 40-yard dash) who’s still new to the linebacker positions. He’s a good player in run defense, coverage, and the pass rush with elite upside at all levels of the field. New defensive coordinator Patrick Graham could do wonders with Andersen and second-year linebacker Divine Deablo in the box.
Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska
Taylor-Britt is a fast, physical corner who has all the requisite ability to play the press-man coverage that has become so popular in the NFL. He can thrive in zone early and develop his raw talent as someone who can make breaks on the ball and explode out of breaks. He’ll also provide much-needed depth and competition for Rock Ya-Sin and Trayvon Mullen at the outside cornerback position.
If the Raiders can get and of these draft targets who fills a need as a starter or a competitor, they’ll continue to make their way towards the top of the AFC.
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