The NFL draft is all about acquiring talent, especially for teams like the Raiders who are in the middle of a rebuild.
After general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden assembled a pristine draft class last year, they now are tasked with following that up.
But while collecting talent is paramount, fit is equally important.
As the Raiders collect their intel at the NFL Scouting Combine, let's look at some players who would be good fits with the Raiders. (Yes, players like Joe Burrow, Isaiah Simmons, Jeffrey Okudah and Justin Herbert would be great fits, but I approached this under the impression the Raiders would not be trading up for any of those players in the first round.)
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Let's get the easy one out of the way.
The Raiders need wide receiver help and Jeudy is one of the two best in the class along with CeeDee Lamb.
Jeudy is the best route-runner in the class and has the ability to go outside his body to haul in off-target passes. He's also an absolute problem with the ball in his hands. His polished route-running and ability to create separation absolutely would appeal to Gruden.
Already did this for @AlabamaFTBL. 👀— NFL (@NFL) February 27, 2020
What will @jerryjeudy do today at the #NFLCombine?
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Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
There's a big hole in the middle of the Raiders' defense. Getting safety Johnathan Abram back will help, but they still need to revamp their linebacking corps.
Queen was a key piece to LSU's title run, making a number of big plays in the title game against Clemson.
He's a little undersized at 6-foot-1, but he has great coverage ability and the athleticism to track tight ends, running backs and slot receivers make him the perfect versatile piece for the modern NFL.
Here are some of LSU LB Patrick Queen's best plays vs. Oklahoma: pic.twitter.com/qJZ2qP1z4R— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) February 23, 2020
Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
The Raiders have three third-round picks and it wouldn't be surprising to see them use one on Jalen Hurts.
Hurts has a laundry list of skills that are ideal for the new RPO-centric era of the NFL.
He has great pocket awareness, thrives at extending plays and beating teams with his legs and has the arm strength to make NFL throws. He's a smart football player who has been around a lot of winning during his college career.
One of the best evaded sacks turned into a play I've seen pic.twitter.com/vwbzhubk3O— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) October 14, 2019
Drafting and developing Hurts might be the proper way for the Raiders to address their quarterback conundrum.
Kyle Dugger, S, Lenior-Rhyne
A Division-II diamond in the rough. Dugger is shooting up draft boards and might not be around on Day 2 when the Raiders go on the clock.
But if he is, it wouldn't be surprising to see Gruden and Mayock tab the Lenior-Rhyne product.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s Kyle Dugger is putting on a show. pic.twitter.com/3REKmo4Aw7— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 25, 2020
Dugger is one of the best athletes in the class. He has great burst, speed and a long wingspan. He was a cut above the competition at the D-II level, so it remains to be seen how his coverage skills will translate at the NFL level.
Right now, Dugger might be better suited for a linebacker role but he projects as a safety once he's a polished product. Much like Queen, Dugger's ability to play in the box or deep should make him a good fit as the Raiders look to reshape their defense.
Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame
The Raiders' secondary needs some work. Pride shined at the Senior Bowl and is a guy the Raiders should look at on Day 2 in order to bolster their secondary.
Pride is a high-IQ corner who has good man-coverage skills and is solid in zone. He needs to work on his tackling and run support, but has decent ball skills and thrives when he's able to key in on the quarterback.
Notre Dame CB Troy Pride, Jr. is a physical player with good tackling skills. He's given up some plays this year (like all CBs) but is willing to battle until the end (see bottom of the screen). #SnapScout pic.twitter.com/OCepV34OWT— Chad Reuter (@chad_reuter) December 2, 2019
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Trevon Hill, EDGE, Miami
Another Day 2/3 guy, Hill is a guy with innate pass-rush ability who can help the Raiders immediately as a situational guy,
He has a nose for the quarterback, powerful hands and the athleticism to drop into coverage.
Hill doesn't have the overall athleticism that will jump off the screen, but he'll have a place in the NFL.
When MIA EDGE Trevon Hill wants to be physical, as he is on this clip, he will affect plays despite not having a lot of sand in his pants. He could thrive in subpackages at the next level. #SnapScout pic.twitter.com/6TeM0uDTZu— Chad Reuter (@chad_reuter) November 16, 2019