Who Should the Las Vegas Raiders Draft First in 2020?

By Michael Wynn in NFL
| April 22, 2020 2:14 am PDT
Who Should the Las Vegas Raiders Draft First in 2020?

Mike Mayock is going to be a busy individual on Thursday. Picking twice in the top 20, the Raiders GM has a chance to sincerely boost their roster. Mayock was aggressive in free agency, refurbishing both sides of the ball, but there are still some missing links in Vegas.

The buzz around Sin City is mostly revolving around who the Las Vegas Raiders should draft first, so let’s address that topic. I’ll begin by revealing the franchise’s most genuine areas of concern.

Las Vegas Raiders’ Biggest Draft Needs

  • WR
  • CB
  • QB
  • LB
  • OL

Nelson Agholor inked a one-year deal, but he’s not the answer that’s going to solve the Raiders’ main deficiency. Hunter Renfrow looks like the real deal, but Zay Jones is a question mark, and Tyrell Williams is more of a secondary option. Between the 12th and 19th picks, it’d be pretty shocking if the Mark Davis-run organization passed on a WR.

Drafting a cornerback with one of the first-round picks is likely the other item on the agenda, but nothing is set in stone just yet. As bold as Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden tend to be, I wouldn’t put it past the Raiders to ignore both of their biggest needs and go all-in on their next franchise quarterback.

With that in mind, my gut tells me one of the following three players will be on their way to the “702.”

Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Few incoming rookies have been dissected as much as the Utah State signal-caller. Jordan Love wasn’t nearly as sharp in 2019 as he was as a sophomore in 2018, but that hasn’t stopped NFL teams from clamoring about his potential.

Todd McShay thinks Love has the most upside of any quarterback in the 2020 Draft, including names like Burrow and Tagovailoa.

Like the Raiders, the Chargers are one of the teams interested in Jordan Love, so Jordan may be off the board by the time Vegas is on the clock at #12. On the flip side, some mocks have Love slipping all the way out of the first round.

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Many touts believe the Jets should draft Jerry Jeudy with the 11th pick. Should that pan out and CeeDee Lamb is still on the board, the former Sooner may as well start looking for residences in Vegas.

Lamb’s production in Norman was off the charts, and his playmaking abilities are palpable. CeeDee checks all the boxes in everything you look for in a standout receiver, which is why him being available at #12 seems a bit ambitious.

Kyler Murray has heavily endorsed his former teammate at Oklahoma, and the Cardinals own the 8th pick in the draft.

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

The odds for who will be the first wide receiver drafted have been bouncing around nonstop. One minute, Jeudy is the favorite; the next, it’s CeeDee Lamb.

In any case, chances are the Raiders will have a shot at drafting either Jeudy or Lamb. Jerry might not have the athletic ability that some other receivers in this draft possess, but the dude is the total package.

Jeudy has tremendous acceleration in and out of cuts, and his hands are like glue sticks. The Crimson Tide product can run every route in the route tree and doesn’t need time to develop his game.

Jerry Jeudy is ready to impact an NFL offense immediately upon his arrival.

Who Will the Raiders Draft First?

I pegged CeeDee Lamb to wind up in Vegas when I generated this three-round Raiders mock, and I see no reason to back off that claim now. My hunch tells me the Cardinals will draft an offensive lineman at #8 and the Jets will select Jerry Jeudy at #11.

All that means for Vegas residents like myself is it won’t be long until I can get my hands on a “Silver and Black” CeeDee Lamb jersey.

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