NFL Draft 2020: Five risky prospects Raiders must avoid
Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
The Raiders are not going to take a quarterback in the first round. But because Jon Gruden loves talking with and about quarterbacks, people will continue to think the Silver and Black could take their next signal-caller in the first round.
Love is 6-foot-4 with a rocket arm. He showed well at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he took a giant step back in 2019. He turned the ball over at an alarming clip. His accuracy fell off and he time between when he would see and man was open and would throw the ball was alarming.
He's got the tools, but he's way too risky.
Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
This wide receiver class is loaded, and the Colorado product has seen his stock take a hit from the beginning of the season.
Shenault is electric with the ball in his hands, of that there is no doubt. But he's a sloppy route-runner and too often has poor releases. He's going to have to go to the perfect NFL home to hit his ceiling.
There are too many other talented receiving prospects for the Raiders to gamble on Shenault.
K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, LSU
The Raiders added Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby as edge rushers in last year's draft and signed Carl Nassib to join the party. But athletic edge rushers who can get to the quarterback can entice even the most disciplined front offices.
Chaisson is athletic, bendy and the highights show a guy who could develop into a top-tier edge rusher in the NFL. But there's too many moments where he disappears during games. The motor is suspect and he too often relies on his speed to get by blockers. WIth a limited array of pass-rush moves, he'll need to better coaching if he's going to stick in the league and not get cast aside.
K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
I like Hamler and I even suggested him as a Day 2 target for the Raiders.
That speed, agility and burst is going to be so, so tempting. It's hard for guys with his athletic profile to not be successful in the NFL, but Hamler's hands aren't great which makes him seem more like Nelson Agholor than a surefire electric slot receiver.
With a smaller catch radius than Agholor and questionable hands, Hamler is far from a sure thing.
Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Delpit was seen as a sure thing coming into the season.
But his big weakness was exposed even further during the 2019 season. Delpit is not a good tackler. While he was hampered with injuries this season, his upright running style and lack of density means he often hits without packing the necessary punch.
Delpit has to become a better tackler or else he will be a complete liabiltiy in the backend and his NFL career could end before it truly begins.