The Las Vegas Raiders have some important decisions to be made this offseason, as they have one of their highest draft picks in recent years. The last time they had a pick higher was in the 2019 Draft, where they picked Clelin Ferrell, the defensive end from Clemson. I think everyone can agree that may not have been the right pick either.
So they have to get this one right too because the rookies from last season weren’t amazing. They were fine, not good or bad, just fine.
But this team needs some help with their roster. They have so many needs at so many different positions. that is what the daft is for. But, luckily for them, there will be three game-changers available to draft when they put their pick in.
Well, they could be available, I should say.
Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
There is a rather larger chance that he isn’t available at seven for the Raiders, but there is a slim chance he is. If he is there, I think Las Vegas almost has to take him. Watching his tape you can see how physically dominant he is.
He has a plethora of pass-rush moves and an ability to shut down lanes. That is the type of guy the Raiders need, especially in the middle of their defensive line with Crosby and Jones on the outside.
Brian Branch, S, Alabama
Branch is by far the best safety in the draft, and is the 10th-best player in the draft according to Pro Football Focus. The secondary is the biggest area of need for the Raiders’ defense, and why not take the best guy in the draft in that area?
This guy is always around the ball. He has the ability to play the slot as well, which is always a good thing, but the fact that he had games where he shut down opposing teams’ best receivers last season is what makes him a game-changer. Oh, and he may be the best tackler in the entire draft. Per PFF on 136 career tackle attempts, Branch only missed two.
Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
This is a guy that was as big a part of the lethal passing game at Ohio State as any player was on that team. Last season was his first at left tackle, protecting C.J. Stroud’s blind side. Per PFF, he didn’t allow a sack on 449 pass-blocking snaps and allowed only 14 pressures. He is the best offensive lineman in the draft, in my opinion.
If there is something that the Raiders need to get better at on that side of the ball, it is definitely the offensive line. Derek Carr and Jarrett Stidham had times this season when they were running for their life. Johnson can certainly help fix some of that.
Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
Now, I know the Raiders likely won’t take an edge rusher because of who they already have at the positions. Maxx Crosby was nearly a defensive player of the year candidate, and Chandler Jones is being paid a lot of money to do it.
But, let’s say they wanted to trade Jones or something of that nature, Tyree Wilson could probably come in and have the same if not more production than Jones did this season. He is that type of guy, and he has a big chance of being a star in this league. He will also likely be available when the Raiders make their first pick.
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