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Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins impresses Mike Mayock: 'He put on a show'

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins impresses Mike Mayock: 'He put on a show'

The Raiders have kept a close eye on Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. They like his ability as a smart, powerful passer, and are getting to know him during this pre-draft process.

They met with him at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. Mike Mayock and other Raiders staff were at Ohio State’s Pro Day on Wednesday morning to gain insight on Haskins, top edge rusher Nick Bosa, though he didn’t work out, and several other draft-worthy Buckeyes.

Most thought Haskins had a good day. Mayock, in particular, came away impressed.

“He threw really well,” Mayock told NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco after Ohio State’s Pro Day. “I thought he put on a show. I thought his receivers put on a show. That’s typical for Ohio State. They did a great job.”

Mayock has seen tons of Haskins tape already, but he considers it important to watch signal callers throw in person.

“Sometimes you just want to see kids live,” Mayock said. “I especially believe that with quarterbacks. You can watch every throw a guy makes, but you have to see it come out of his hands. It was fun to watch Haskins today.”

It won’t be the last time before the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Raiders have scheduled a private workout with Haskins on Ohio State’s campus, according to ESPN. The Miami Dolphins will do the same, and he’s also set to meet Denver, Washington and the New York Giants down the road.

The Raiders are doing intensive quarterback evaluation, as Jon Gruden previously said they would. They got a good look at Missouri’s Drew Lock, Duke’s Daniel Jones and North Carolina State’s Ryan Finley – put a star by that name – while coaching the Senior Bowl.

They met with Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray at the combine, and offensive coordinator Greg Olson was at his pro day. A private workout with Murray is reportedly in the cards as well.

Putting Haskins under a microscope could be part of due diligence evaluating quarterbacks, but he could be available when the Raiders select at No. 4 overall unless there’s a super-early quarterback run as in years past.

It’s tough to tell exactly, especially during a time where teams put up smokescreens to cover true draft intentions.

The Raiders are expected to address their defensive line at No. 4 and again later in the NFL draft – that’s by far the team’s biggest need -- but nothing’s ever certain with Gruden making final decisions.

Gruden and Mayock have praised Derek Carr at most every turn, and at this stage the expectation remains that he’ll be the team’s starting quarterback in 2019. It’s a prove it year for Carr, who must show growth within Gruden’s scheme and production with Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams leading the receiver corps.

Haskins is an intriguing prospect with a cannon arm and fearless play. He had 4,831 passing yards (!) and 50 touchdowns (!) last season for Ohio State.

He should go early in the NFL draft and the Raiders are in a position where taking him is possible. It’s an option that simply can’t be ruled out right now, especially as the Raiders continue getting to know him better.

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Mayock kept a close eye on several Buckeyes, including receivers Terry McLaurin – the Raiders coached him during his impressive Senior Bowl week -- and Parris Campbell. Campbell could be a first-or-second-round pick and pulled out of pro day work after suffering an injury.

“They did a great job. They fly,” Mayock said. “I felt bad for Parris Campbell pulled up and couldn’t go, but all of their wideouts really helped themselves throughout the process. McLaurin ran 4.35. Campbell ran 4.31 The (Johnnie) Dixon kid ran in the 4.4s. There’s a lot of speed.”

NFL rumors: Jets 'determined' to trade down from No. 3 pick in draft

NFL rumors: Jets 'determined' to trade down from No. 3 pick in draft

The 2019 NFL Draft is only days away. Between now and Thursday, plenty of things can change. 

There reportedly could be a shaker in the draft sitting between the 49ers and Raiders. Sources told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that the Jets are "determined" to trade down from the No. 3 pick in the draft. 

"They seem to really, really want to move down," one NFL executive said to Vacchiano. "Maybe they're just keeping their options open, but it sure seems like that No. 3 pick is for sale."

This could affect the 49ers and Raiders in opposite ways. 

Starting with the 49ers, they can use this information to their advantage. If the 49ers decide to move down and add more draft assets, their price for the No. 2 pick has increased. 

In the case that quarterback-needy teams want to move up, 49ers general manager John Lynch can pick up the phone and start demanding a megadeal for his top pick. For the Raiders, however, this could be bad news. 

Raiders GM Mike Mayock has been very protective of his big board and how he sees this draft playing out. But now a team could possibly jump Oakland for the exact prospect the Silver and Black has their eyes on. 

One recent mock draft even has the Raiders trading with the 49ers to get the No. 2 pick and draft ... quarterback Drew Lock. Hey, crazier things have happened. 

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Perhaps more than any other team, however, the Raiders have the greatest package with three first-round picks to move up and select exactly who they want. 

Phones will be ringing on draft day, and the order is sure to change in one way or another.

2019 NFL Draft: Five players Raiders could target at No. 35 on Day 2

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2019 NFL Draft: Five players Raiders could target at No. 35 on Day 2

The Raiders will be the NFL draft’s main attraction on Thursday night. They have three first-round draft picks available for use as scheduled or in trades up or down the draft board.

That trio isn’t the only valued piece of the Raiders’ cache. They also own the No. 35 overall pick, coming just three picks into the second round, where the Raiders can select someone considered a top talent.

They don’t have another pick slated for the draft’s second day, though general manager Mike Mayock said he wouldn’t mind getting back into the Day 2 action with an early trade down to accumulate more picks.

“I just think we have a lot of holes that need to be filled,” Mayock said at his pre-draft presser. “I think that’s a really good place to go fishing. If we can, we can.”

That attempt won’t happen until later. Right now there’s only one pick earmarked for the Raiders at No. 35. Let’s take a closer look at five players who might fit the Raiders at that spot, where you’ll see several guys the Raiders are familiar with after working with them at the Senior Bowl.

OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

This might be a great place to grab an offensive guard, one that could play right away and complete an offensive line restructure. There’s a hole at one guard spot with Kelechi Osemele traded to the New York Jets. The side will depend on whether Gabe Jackson stays on the right or returns to a left guard spot he has manned most of his athletic life.

Lindstrom is a good one, a nasty player and athlete who can stand in and protect or make downfield blocks in space. He might be gone at this stage, but he would be a welcome addition at No. 35 and add security to the interior offensive line that was a team strength in recent seasons.

OL Dalton Risner, Kansas State

Like Lindstrom, Risner impressed the Raiders during Senior Bowl week. He’s tenacious, tough, coachable and versatile, a trait the Raiders prize. He could compete to play inside right away, and become an option outside if that’s required down the line. He has played center as well, giving the Raiders plenty of options to find quality starters and backups at each spot. Risner has a mean streak that would be a welcome drive no matter where he played.

DE L.J. Collier, TCU

Catching a Senior Bowl theme here? It’s pretty obvious at this stage. While that college all-star game didn’t have elite prospects, there were plenty worthy of selection in this second-round range. Collier might fit a small trade down from No. 35, he’s a scheme fit at end and could be a solid backup plan on the strong side if there’s a massive run on edge rushers in the first round. He could even be an option if the Raiders get one early, especially an athletic type better suited for the other side. Collier is a strong, nasty bull rusher who could fit into a rotation early and grow with quality coaching a development.

S Darnell Savage, Maryland

Savage is another player the Raiders liked coming into the Senior Bowl. They left with a higher opinion of him. Analysts have called him a Lamarcus Joyner clone, and they could use someone like him to work in when Joyner moves to the slot. He could back Joyner up inside as well or even compete with Karl Joseph to play next to him in time. Savage is a smart, yet aggressive player with good vision – and he ran a 4.36 40-yard dash -- who could fit into a secondary in need of one more key component.

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CB Justin Layne, Michigan State

This is a prospect Mayock may be able to grab later in the round, but since they don’t have another draft pick until the fourth round, the Raiders GM takes a player he likes at the spot where he has a selection to grab him. He has a good feel for what receivers are trying to do, and has solid ball skills to make plays downfield.