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2019 NFL Draft: The Oakland Raiders Are on the Clock
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13 Apr 2019 01:06 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley intercepts pass against Cleveland. (Image Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

With the 2019 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, we put the Oakland Raiders on the clock:

2018 Record: 4-12; Finished: 4th In the AFC West

General Manager: Mike Mayock (1st Year), Head Coach: Jon Gruden (2nd Year), Offensive Coordinator: Greg Olson (2nd Year), Defensive Coordinator: Paul Guenther (2nd Year)

Offense Rankings: No. 23 Overall, No. 28 Scoring, No. 18 Passing, No. 26 Rushing

In 2016, the Raiders went 12-4 thanks to a strong overall offensive season, mostly off the progress made by “franchise quarterback” Derek Carr. Gone are 1,000-yard receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, as well as leading rusher Latavius Murray. More concerning is no one is so sure that Carr is in fact the franchise quarterback that the Raiders will build around as they head into Las Vegas.

Defense Rankings: No. 26 Overall, No. 32 Scoring, No. 19 Passing, No. 30 Rushing

As bad as the offense was last season, the defense is in at least as bad of shape if not worse. Just as Carr was supposed to be the face of the offense, the Raiders had a centerpiece to their defense in sack master Khalil Mack. The operative word being had. The deal that shipped Oakland’s best football player to Chicago prior to the start of the 2018 season robbed them of any chance to have success on the defensive side of the ball, where impact players are desperately needed.

2019 NFL Draft: Jets OTC | Giants OTC |

The Five-Year Plan – Record: 32-48; Last Playoff Appearance: 2016; Last Playoff Victory: 2002 Season (41-24 Over the Tennessee Titans in AFC Championship Game)

2018 Draft: (1-18) OT Kolton Miller, (2-57) DT P.J. Hall, (3-65) OT Brandon Parker, (3-87) DE Arden Key, (4-110) CB Nick Nelson, (5-140) RB Maurice Hurst, (5-173) P Johnny Townsend, (6-216) LB Azeem Victor, (7-228) WR Marcell Ateman

Top Picks Last Five Years:

2018 – (1-18) OT Kolton Miller, UCLA

2017 – (1-24) CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State

2016 – (1-14) S Karl Joseph, West Virginia

2015 – (1-4) WR Amari Cooper, Alabama

2014 – (1-5) OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

Booms:

OLB/DE Khalil Mack (Rd. 1—2014)

QB Derek Carr (Rd. 2—2014)

OG Gabe Jackson (Rd. 3—2014)

CB T.J. Carrie (Rd. 7—2014)

WR Amari Cooper (Rd. 1—2015)

Busts:

DT Mario Edwards (Rd. 2—2015)

TE Clive Walford (Rd. 3—2015)

DE Jihad Ward (Rd. 2—2016)

DE Shilique Calhoun (Rd. 3—2016)

QB Connor Cook (Rd. 4—2016)

S Obi Melifonwu (Rd. 2—2017)

OT David Sharpe (Rd. 4—2017)

Additions:

QB Mike Glennon (UFA/Signed)

QB Landry Jones (UFA/Signed)

RB Isaiah Crowell (UFA/Signed)

WR Antonio Brown (Trade)

WR Ryan Grant (UFA/Signed)

WR J.J. Nelson (UFA/Signed)

WR Tyrell Williams (UFA/Signed)

TE Luke Wilson (UFA/Signed)

OT Trenton Brown (UFA/Signed)

OG Jordan Devey (UFA/Signed)

DT Josh Mauro (UFA/Signed)

LB Vontaze Burfict (UFA/Signed)

LB Brandon Marshall (UFA/Signed)

CB Nevin Lawson (UFA/Signed)

S LaMarcus Joyner (UFA/Signed)

S Jordan Richards (UFA/Signed)

S Curtis Riley (UFA/Signed)

Keepers:

RB Jalen Richard (Re-Signed)

WR Dwayne Harris (Re-Signed)

OL Denzelle Good (Re-Signed)

OT Chaz Green (Re-Signed)

DT Johnathan Hankins (Re-Signed)

CB Daryl Worley (Re-Signed)

S Erik Harris (Re-Signed)

LS Trent Sieg (Re-Signed)

Subtractions:

QB A.J. McCarron (Cut/Texans)

WR Seth Roberts (Cut/Ravens)

TE Jared Cook (UFA/Titans)

OT Donald Penn (Cut)

OG Jon Feliciano (UFA/Bills)

OG Kelechi Osemele (Trade/Jets)

2019 Picks: By virtue of their trades with the Chicago Bears (Khalil Mack) and Dallas Cowboys (Amari Cooper), the Oakland Raiders have three first-round picks in the upcoming draft, as well as four of the top 35 selections. To say this is a huge draft for the franchise would be an understatement. The rebuilding process began prior to free agency when they traded for wide out Antonio Brown, as they sent their third- and fifth-round picks to the Steelers, who also own Oakland’s sixth-round pick by virtue of the Ryan Switzer trade, which saw the Raiders add Pittsburgh’s fifth-round selection (which was traded to Buffalo for A.J. McCarron). Oakland replenished a fifth rounder from the New York Jets in the Kelechi Osemele trade, as well as an addition seventh-round choice for Shalom Luani.

Round 1, Selection 4

Round 1, Selection 24 (from Bears)

Round 1, Selection 27 (from Cowboys)

Round 2, Selection 35

Round 4, Selection 106

Round 5, Selection 140 (from Jets)

Round 7, Selection 218

Round 7, Selection 235 (from Seattle)

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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