Raiders general manager Mike Mayock made no secret of his desire to add selections during the NFL draft’s second day. They don’t have a pick beyond No. 35 overall after standing pat Thursday night and making three first-round selections as scheduled.
This early second-round pick is the last chance to add to the Day 2 total without giving up later or future picks, and there’s a real chance the Raiders will move down to try and add selections in a deep portion of the draft.
The Raiders are considering a trade at this stage, though nothing will be decided until Friday.
“We’ve already had a couple offers for that pick,” Mayock said after the first round’s conclusion. “I had two offers for that pick before New England finished the draft. We pick third tomorrow. We turned down those offers because we think we’re going to have some more tomorrow.
"We can either sit there at 35 and take a player we love — we think one or two of them are going to be on the board — or we can move back down and pick up an extra pick. We love the 35th pick in this draft.”
The Raiders have quality available if they select there, or if they trade down a bit. The cornerback and receiver position groups are virtually intact, with several good interior offensive linemen also left.
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Quarterbacks drive up the price even in the second round, and a team going after Drew Lock might want an early crack at him before the Missouri signal-caller goes off the board.
Let’s look at some options for the Raiders at No. 35, or a bit later in the second round:
TE Irv Smith, Alabama: The Raiders need a versatile tight end, and he’s the best option left. It might take the 35th pick to get him. Smith won’t last long.
DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech: A productive small-school edge rusher has some question marks, but he could be a quality pickup for a Raiders team needing another defensive end.
OL Dalton Risner, Kansas State: This versatile offensive lineman could be an immediate answer at guard and a backup option at tackle. He wowed Raiders coaches at the Senior Bowl, and has a nasty streak they like.
QB Drew Lock, Missouri: The Raiders weren’t on the prowl for a quarterback in the first round, but Lock might present value if he remains on the board long enough. He also could be a tool to help the Raiders acquire extra picks.
CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple: A tough cover man with great ball skills remains available, and would fit well with how the Raiders like to play in the secondary.
CB Justin Layne, Michigan State: The Raiders like this former Spartan, who is a big cornerback with a good understanding of how receivers run routes.
Guard Connor McGovern, Penn State: The physical interior lineman visited the Raiders’ facility before the draft. He could be a candidate if they trade down.
CB Greedy Williams, LSU: He’s fast and offers sticky coverage, but being a lackluster tackler and having inconsistent drive sent him down the draft board.
WR Parris Campbell, Ohio State: The Raiders already have plenty at receiver, but another speed demon couldn’t hurt.
OL Cody Ford, Oklahoma: This lineman was considered a first-round pick by some analysts, but he remains available. The Raiders could play him inside and add a physical presence in the run game with proper coaching.