• Armaan Sodhi

Oakland Raiders Draft Report

Round 1 Pick No. 12 - Henry Ruggs III

Grade: A-

The Raiders had a perfect scenario at pick 12 as they could have selected any of the top three receivers. The speedster out of Alabama, Henry Ruggs, was the one chosen. He is a very underrated route runner and can run the whole route tree. He is a big-play machine as he averaged a touchdown every 4.1 plays at Alabama. With defenses having to respect Rugg's speed, this will open up the defense more for Josh Jacobs. Derek Carr and this Raiders offense will likely be more aggressive next season in attacking teams deep in the air.

Round 1 Pick No. 19 - Damon Arnette

Grade: C

REACH!!! Arnette, on many people's draft boards, was a third-rounder. Cornerbacks like Kristan Fulton, Trevon Diggs, and Jeff Gladney were all ranked higher but picked later. Arnette will fit into this defense perfectly as he is a physical corner and has a lot of experience in man to man defense. He can jam receivers at the line and derange the play before it happens. However, he does lack elite speed and may get beat with a deep ball from time to time.

Round 3 Pick No. 80 - Lynn Bowden Jr.

Grade: B

Bowden is a playmaker. He can do it all from pretty much any position: wide receiver, running back and even quarterback. You name the position and Bowden probably plays it. Bowden is really versatile. Gruden can get very creative when Bowden is on the field as he can run numerous wildcat formations and the defenses will have to respect Bowden's ability to throw the ball. I could see him playing a Taysom Hill-type role in the offense, but he will get more opportunity as a receiver.

Round 3 Pick No. 81 - Bryan Edwards

Grade: B

The Raiders have all the speed and agility in their wide receiver core but lacked a go-to/ big body receiver. In comes Bryan Edwards. Edwards is very underrated with his run after the catch ability but is at his best when given a one on one opportunity with a defender. He plays very physical and you will see him make a multitude of tough grabs over defenders. He will be a big red zone target for Carr along with Waller and Witten. However, he battled a lot of injuries in college so staying healthy is a big question mark.

Round 3 Pick No. 100 - Tanner Muse

Grade: C

This was another reach by the Raiders as I felt there was better talent on the board at pick 100. Muse is great at diagnosing plays and is versatile as well. Muse can be viewed as a project at linebacker as after the two big linebacker signings by the Raiders in the offseason, it is unclear where Muse's spot is on the team. Muse was the team captain at Clemson so he will bring maturity to the locker room. He is fast, but lacks the speed to keep up with receivers or running backs. Muse will be a solid player on special teams as well as a backup linebacker.

Round 4 Pick No. 109 - John Simpson

Grade: B-

The Raiders needed to find a guard for the future as their current starter, Richie Incognito, is 37 years old. Simpson was a two-year starter at Clemson and a 2019 All American selection. He plays with power and strength and can get to the second level. He should be a solid backup and with the veterans on the roster, he can grow into a great starter.

Round 5 Pick No. 139 - Amik Robertson

Grade: A

STEAL! ESPN had Robertson ranked as their 68th best player and ninth overall corner. To put this into perspective, Arnette was ESPN's seven ranked corner. Robertson is a gritty corner who plays physical and has great ball skills as well. He could compete for the slot corner job and if needed, can be a solid starter out of the gate as well.