How top 25 Raiders' offensive players rank ahead of draft
25. WR Keelan Doss
Several who ended up off the list could’ve landed here. Doss is a good player with growth potential.
24. QB Nathan Peterman
I watched a ton of Raiders practices in the offseason and training camp. Peterman has a cannon.
23. OT David Sharpe
He has grown working under offensive line coach Tom Cable and performed decently filling in at times when Trent Brown got hurt.
22. C/G Andre James
Coaches love the converted offensive tackle, who fared well moving inside. He’s a solid backup to Hudson who the Raiders hope never plays.
21. WR Marcell Ateman
Ateman’s a big guy who has made some big plays when given the opportunity. He doesn’t have tons of speed and was down on the 2019 depth chart even with the receiver corps in disarray.
20. OG Eric Kush
Another interior offensive lineman who is good for depth. He wasn’t great last year but has been better in the past.
19. TE Derek Carrier
This ranking’s all about offense, so special teams prowess doesn’t factor in here. Carrier’s a solid backup who can block and receive. Players like him are an important part of a good team.
18. WR Zay Jones
Jones didn’t impress after coming to the Raiders in a midseason trade and was rarely targeted despite playing heavy snaps. He has been working with Derek Carr in the Las Vegas area recently, and that could help those two find good sync.
His completion percentage when targeted has never been high, but he’s a smooth route runner and a talented athlete who can be better than recent production suggests.
17. WR Nelson Agholor
He has had issues with drops, and certainly hasn’t lived up to his status as a first-round draft pick. If the Raiders draft a receiver high as expected, Agholor will likely battle for the No. 4 receiver spot.
16. OG Denzelle Good
The veteran is a versatile player and certainly capable of starting at guard for a full season. He’s a luxury to have as a backup at both guard spots.
15.TE Jason Witten
Witten might well end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he’s nearly 38 and isn’t the player he once was. He can still produce, even if his athleticism is lacking. Experience should go a long way in him find ways to make an impact.
14. TE Foster Moreau
The LSU tight end was impactful as a run blocker and proved a solid receiver in important moments. He’s an efficient red zone threat and should get better with experience. Moreau and Waller will anchor the tight end group for a long time.
13. QB Marcus Mariota
Mariota has all the tools, and plus athleticism. This was another tough player to position considering his talent level, but he lost a starting gig last year and doesn’t have one in 2020. He holds on to the ball a bit too long and his completion percentage wasn’t great in 2019. It will be interesting to see if he improves coming off a down year working under Gruden.
12. FB Alec Ingold
The undrafted rookie was in a position battle last summer. Now he’s an offensive staple as a led blocker and short-yardage rusher. He’s super tough and has great chemistry working with Jacobs. The future’s bright for the young fullback.
11. RB Jalen Richard
Richard is primarily a third-down back but he can do a bit of everything. He’s an excellent pass protector and a quality receiver out of the backfield but is a tough runner between the tackles. Richard is always good under pressure and can change games with his big-play ability.
10. Gabe Jackson
This was by far the hardest player to rank. Jackson’s better than many above him but has struggled with serious injuries the last two seasons. He wasn’t his dominant self coming back from an MCL injury around midseason. If he can find previous form, Jackson should sit just outside the Top 5.
9. LT Kolton Miller
The UCLA product has played more than 2,000 offensive snaps in his first two years and is markedly better for the experience. He fared well in his second season, even against top pass rushers. He’s massive and athletic and should be the Raiders’ left tackle for a long, long time.
8. WR Hunter Renfrow
Battled over this one, worried that it was a little high. The Clemson product stayed at No. 8 because he’s savvy and is most always is in position to make plays. He’s clutch on third down and in the red zone. Don’t break down his technique. Just appreciate that he’s most always open.
7. WR Tyrell Williams
The veteran receiver didn’t have a great first season with the Raiders because, as coach Jon Gruden put it, his feet were on fire. He’s a talented player with ideal size who isn’t just a deep threat. He has solid hands, is a good intermediate route runner and has more speed than people realize.
6. LG Richie Incognito
Incognito is 36 and kicked serious butt after a year away in retirement. He fit right in to the locker room, added a nastiness to the interior line and worked extremely well with left tackle Kolton Miller. He’s darn good, even after all these years.
5. QB Derek Carr
Carr has gotten better each year working under coach Jon Gruden and is poised for a big year with his supporting cast rock solid, especially if a top receiver comes in the NFL draft. Carr can make every throw at every level and has a far better deep ball that he gets credit for. His football smarts are sky high, and he’s an integral part of the run game with his pre-snap work.
Some Raiders fans simply don’t like Carr and never will, but he’s a damn good quarterback with some great moments in the clutch.
4. RT Trent Brown
When he’s healthy, Brown is an impenetrable force. He’s shockingly athletic for a mountain of a man and has the respect of many great edge rushers. He’s a challenge to beat one-on-one, which allows the Raiders to bring help elsewhere.
The Raiders paid him a ton in free agency at put him at right tackle, anchoring one flank as well as anyone in the league.
3. TE Darren Waller
The Raiders signed Waller off the Ravens practice squad, getting him for next to nothing, and then watched him start to realize vast potential. Let’s set aside for a second the fact he’s a great human being nearly three years clean and sober and focus on his elite talent.
Few tight ends are better in the pattern, and none are more athletic. Waller’s a willing run blocker who should be even better in the passing game next year if the Raiders have more receiving threats on the outside.
2. C Rodney Hudson
The Raiders have given Hudson two massive contracts. He’s worth every penny. Nobody works harder on the field and in the film room, with study habits a thing of legends in the Raiders facility. He doesn’t miss checks and is a great communicator on the line, but he doesn’t just get by on smarts.
Hudson is an excellent blocker in space and is as steady awesome a pass protector as there is. Jon Gruden loves Hudson. There are plenty of reasons why.
1. RB Josh Jacobs
Last year’s No. 24 overall pick is super talented, smart and tough. Jacobs is an elusive, yet physical runner who does most everything well. He’s a true feature back, capable of carrying a massive workload and should be a top tier running back for years to come.
There were some contenders for the top spot – you could make a case for anyone in the Top 5 – but Jacobs gets the nod as a truly complete package in the backfield.