Look for Raiders to focus on defensive side of ball at No. 4

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Five years ago, the Raiders found future Hall of Famer Khalil Mack with the fifth overall pick in the draft. This time around, the Raiders have earned the fourth pick in round one — and the pressure to find another Mack has increased, given that they traded him to the Bears in September.

There’s a belief in some circles that, if quarterback Kyler Murray is available at pick No. 4, the Raiders will be tempted to take him. But the far more urgent need, especially in light of the team’s placement in the same division as quarterback Patrick Mahomes, is the defense.

The players to watch at No. 4 include Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, and Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell. One or more of those players likely will be gone by the time Oakland picks, but at least one will still be available when Oakland is on the clock.

Of course, if only one of those four is left when Oakland selects, that means Murray also will be there. Which could prompt the Raiders to choose a fight-fire-with-fire approach to Mahomes over loading up the defense in an effort to slow down the Chiefs’ offense.

Whatever the Raiders do at No. 4, they’ll need an impact player who makes fans and media forget about Mack. If the Raiders aren’t convinced that they’ll get one, another option would be to trade back, compile more tickets in the annual Hall of Famer lottery, and commit to the notion that, if they scratch off another winner, they’ll actually keep him around this time.

21 responses to “Look for Raiders to focus on defensive side of ball at No. 4

  1. Raiders are pretty loaded at DT right now (Hurst,Jelly,Hankins,Hall) they cover the entire gambit of DT abilities. Id honestly prefer them to get Devin White if Bosa somehow doesnt slide to #4, hes too talented of a MLB and i dont think the pass rushers available there are more talented than White and dont bring as much day 1 impact value.

  2. To find a Kahlil Mack, there has to be a Kahlil Mack type player. I dont believe there is that type of player in this draft class. That is IMO. They have to find a player, a REAL PLAYER. Not a good draft pick, but a REAL PLAYER. Someone you cant get off the field even if he is hurt. Bosa has talent, we have seen it, but he is always hurt. Oliver has injured his knee and Simmons injured his knee. Who will make a difference and NOT want to leave everytime he has a boo boo or scraped his knee and needs mommy. ANY DEFENSIVE PLAYER, THAT CAN REALLY PLAY. Not a over musceled LUCAS. Good luck Raider nation, we will need it.

  3. Mayock and Gruden should look hard to trade down out of the #4 and add a 1st round pick in the 2020 draft and get a 1st and 3rd round pick this year. The 2020 draft is where we should look for lightning to strike twice (Snake) at the QB position with the left handed quarterback from Alabama Tua Tagovailoa. Owning three 1st round picks in the 2020 draft would make Tua a viable option.

    Ideally here we would trade down out of 4 and draft Tackle Jawaan Taylor or TE TJ Hockenson. Taylor would be an awesome pairing with LT Trent Brown on the other side. Take the loss on Kolton Miller and deal him for a 3rd round pick this year if we get Taylor. Come back at pick #24 with versatile T-G Dalton Risner and move him inside to Guard. Now we have a top 5 offensive line for the next 5+ years. Trade the #27 to Seattle for DE Frank Clark. We have $28 million in cap space and another $64 million in cap space next year. So adding Clark is not a problem. With pick #35 we can bookend Clark with a DE like a Chase Winovich or Zach Allen.

    Bill Parcells showed in Super Bowl XXV how you slow down a high powered offense. Run the ball consistently with success. Control the clock. Gruden is an offensive minded coach. So you can forget about loading up this team with an all star defense like what he inherited in Tampa Bay. It’s not gonna happen here.

  4. I’ll be happiest if Murray and Bosa are off the board by 4. The Raiders don’t need to roll the dice on another QB and Bosa is a cancer.

  5. I fully anticipate Bosa & Williams to be gone, so that would make Oliver the pick, since Ferrell at #4 is a huge reach and Mayock is smarter than that

  6. Reports coming out of local AZ Media and starting to filter online saying Cardinals are predictably passing on Kyler Murray. Now that has happened I see the dialogue has went to the Raiders gotta take him at #4. But actually, we don’t. We have a QB, Derek Carr. Raiders aren’t drafting a QB on day 1.

    I would say the pick will either be Bosa or they trade back for more picks.

  7. sigbouncer says:
    April 21, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Come back at pick #24 with versatile T-G Dalton Risner and move him inside to Guard.
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    you still have your man crush on Risner so not shocked you are taking. At first I thought it was just infatuation, but it has lasted so long…. not in the first rd….My big board still goes Q, Bosa, Oliver, Allen, and White- I am ok with any of them…but if Quinnen is there , you have to take him. (period) I heard chatter of NE possibly wanting to move up…Raiders could trade their #27 pick for both of New England’s 2nd rd pick, and their late third pick.

  8. radrntn says:
    April 21, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    you still have your man crush on Risner so not shocked you are taking. At first I thought it was just infatuation, but it has lasted so long…. not in the first rd….My big board still goes Q, Bosa, Oliver, Allen, and White- I am ok with any of them…but if Quinnen is there , you have to take him. (period) I heard chatter of NE possibly wanting to move up…Raiders could trade their #27 pick for both of New England’s 2nd rd pick, and their late third pick.

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    We have one of the worst RT and LG situations in the NFL right now. And just added two WRs whose strengths are getting deep downfield (= holding blocks longer). Our current QB is terrible when the pocket collapses. We need O-line help right now or this year will likely be a disaster again on both sides of the ball.

    No interest in taking one of your d-line guys at 4. Williams cancels out Hurst, Oliver basically does the same with PJ Hall. If we’re gonna take a DT then wait til the 24-27-35 picks for either Dexter Lawrence or Jeffrey Simmons. That’s where the DT value is. Bosa is overrated, an injury risk and maxed out in his pass rush moves (no upside). White I do like as a fit here, but is still too early at 4.

    My plan has us with TBrown, Risner, Hudson, Jackson, Taylor on the O-line. Leaving us with only a need at TE and potentially RB on offense. On defense we’d have Clark, Key, Winovich-Allen, Mauro one the outside with Hurst, PJ Hall, Ellis inside. We could still use a LB, CB and probably a SS (Joseph). We would also have two 3rd round picks this year to fill those openings (after trading down from 4 and moving Kolton Miller) and three 1st round picks next year. I like the sounds of this much better.

  9. Actually, Gruden has positioned himself to have a great defensive draft, and a great offensive draft. Gruden has 4 picks in the top 35, plus many more fill-in picks.

  10. radrntn says:
    April 21, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    My big board still goes Q, Bosa, Oliver, Allen, and White- I am ok with any of them…but if Quinnen is there , you have to take him. (period)

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    If we get stuck at 4 and can’t trade down then T Jonah Williams should be the pick.

  11. Jon G. pick will not be as good a Mack on the best day of his life.He will need all those first round pick and probley will still screw it up.Can you tell I don’t like coach.

  12. sigbouncer says:
    April 21, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I say you have Kolton Miller and Trent Brown battle it out for LT. Same with Kirkland and Good for LG. Raiders need defensive players much more so than offense other than a TE. Personally I would have Miles Boykin add 20lbs and convert him to TE. Kid from San Jose State is solid as well. I would also give a look at in the 7th rd, or UFA Donald Parham a shot at making the roster or put him on the practice squad. Besides TE…I would go defense

  13. To me, there are only 5 blue chip defensive prospects in this draft, so the Raiders will have at least one of them fall to them at #4. If they trade back, I hope they don’t trade past #6 with the Giants so they could still get one of those 5 blue chippers if at least one QB goes in the top 5.

    They are Bosa, Williams, Allen, Oliver, or White. White could be the “surprise” pick since that’s considered high for an off-ball LB. But he’s a better athlete than Roquan Smith and has a higher ceiling so it wouldn’t be a bad pick (White was a RB, and has played LB for only 2 years).

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