2019 NFL Draft: Raiders favored to pick Kyler Murray by sportsbooks


2019 NFL Draft: Raiders favored to pick Kyler Murray by sportsbooks

Things might get awkward in April between the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum's two most recent tenants, at least if a pair of online sportsbooks are to be believed.

Online sportsbooks BetOnline and BetDSI list the Oakland Raiders as the odds-on favorites to pick Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray in the 2019 NFL Draft.  The former lists the Raiders as a +325 favorite, while the latter gives the Silver and Black +250 odds.

Murray, of course, was the first-round pick of the Oakland A's in June's MLB draft. But, Raiders might or might not be neighbors with the A's again in 2019. Their lease with the Coliseum expired after the 2018 season, and the City of Oakland is currently suing the team and the NFL. The Silver and Black will complete their move to Las Vegas ahead of the 2020 season.

Uncomfortable interactions in the Coliseum hallways aside, Murray to the Raiders would be a pretty fascinating scenario. That's especially so when you remember that two-sport star Bo Jackson spent the entirety of his NFL career with the Raiders, albeit in Los Angeles.

But would drafting Murray actually make any sense for the Raiders? Oakland does have three first-round picks in the upcoming draft. Plus, coach Jon Gruden would get to put his stamp under center in his Raiders return, drafting "his guy" to potentially lead the team into Las Vegas.

Although Carr is entering the third year of a massive five-year contract extension with the Raiders, but his 2019 salary does not become fully guaranteed until March 16. The Raiders would save $15 million against the salary cap in 2019 if Carr is released or traded before June 1, and $20 million if they partways afterward, according to Spotrac.

Yet Gruden has been fairly effusive in his praise of Carr, even after the two argued on the sideline during a November win over the Arizona Cardinals. Carr also was markedly better after the Raiders' bye week, completing two-thirds of his passes for 2,266 yards and 12 touchdowns with just two interceptions over the final 10 weeks of the season.

But, if the bookies are right, the start of the NFL's league year has the potential to be much more interesting.

Source: Curtis Riley agrees to contract with Raiders to help secondary

Source: Curtis Riley agrees to contract with Raiders to help secondary

The Raiders continued fleshing out their secondary on Friday agreeing on terms of a contract with safety Curtis Riley, a source said. The former New York Giant visited the team’s Alameda facility on Thursday and left without a deal, but he ended up taking the Raiders offer despite interest from other teams.

Riley hinted at a pact on Twitter, saying he was coming to the Bay Area. He’ll exchange coasts after starting all 16 games at free safety with last year’s Giants. He had 75 tackles, four interceptions and five pass breakups for that squad.

He’ll have an opportunity to play significant snaps in the Raiders secondary. High-priced free-agent signing Lamarcus Joyner is also a free safety but is expected to play slot cornerback regularly in 2019, likely shuttling back and forth between positions.

Riley could step in as the free safety in sub packages that defenses spend significant time in nowadays. Erik Harris will compete for that role opposite strong safety Karl Joseph.

The Raiders have options in the secondary now, with the aforementioned safeties and depth at cornerback. Gareon Conley’s a virtual lock to start at one outside cornerback spot. Daryl Worley’s expected to return on a second-round free-agent tender, through Thursday’s signing Nevin Lawson will compete for time there as well. Last year’s fourth-round pick Nick Nelson will have to fight for time with this new defensive back depth chart.

The Raiders could well draft another defensive back as well, especially if a good one slips and becomes a great value pick.

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News of Riley’s agreement should excite quarterback Derek Carr. Riley’s a fellow Fresno State alum and was teammates with Carr in 2013.

The Raiders also had interest in George Iloka, who played with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther in Cincinnati. Iloka visited the Raiders complex Thursday but left without a deal and scheduled other visits. 

How Jordan Devey signing gives Raiders versatile offensive line depth

How Jordan Devey signing gives Raiders versatile offensive line depth

The Raiders hope Rodney Hudson plays every single offensive snap in 2019. He might be the league’s best center, and is the unquestioned leader along the offensive front.

They need a Plan B, even if they never hope to use it. Jon Feliciano was the primary reserve at guard and center, leaving a void upon signing with the Buffalo Bills.

Jordan Devey will fill it. The former Kansas City Chief signed a one-year contract with the Raiders on Thursday, the team announced, adding depth and versatility to an overhauled front.

Devey spent parts of five NFL seasons with New England, the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, primarily as a reserve guard. He played more center over the past two seasons, and has some tackle work on his resume. Devey finished last season on injured reserve with a pectoral issue

Offensive line coach Tom Cable prizes versatility, especially with a need on the inside. Second-year pro Brandon Parker is expected to be a swing tackle.

Kolton Miller and Trent Brown will be starting tackles, with Hudson at center. Gabe Jackson and Denzelle Good look like starting guards at this time.

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Devey was clean cut Thursday when signing with the Raiders, but he rocked a pretty serious mullet last season in Kansas City.