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What other NFL executives thought of Raiders' three first-round draft picks

What other NFL executives thought of Raiders' three first-round draft picks

The Raiders came out of the 2019 NFL Draft with three first-round picks and addressed several needs. 

But how much talent did they really bring to their roster in defensive end Clelin Ferrell, running back Josh Jacobs and safety Johnathan Abram? Anonymous NFL executives and evaluators offered their opinions to ESPN, and they don't seem too impressed with the haul from Year 1 of Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock running the show. 

No. 4: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

The decision to draft Ferrell with the No. 4 pick sent shockwaves throughout Twitter. NFL Network's Mike Silver even reported that Mayock had Ferrell available at the No. 13 pick in a recent mock-draft exercise.

"Oakland drafted Ferrell with the fourth pick and there are quarterbacks who are not blazers that are faster than him," one exec said to ESPN.

Ferrell did not run a 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine or the Clemson Pro Day. 

"The Clemson guy is consistent and good at every area without standing out in any," a different evaluator said.

No. 24: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

"The running back [Josh Jacobs] is probably the best of the lot, and he didn't even start at Alabama," one evaluator said.

Jacobs split time at Alabama between Damien Harris, who was drafted in the third round by the Patriots, and former Antioch High School star Najee Harris. Oakland's second pick had the second-most rushing attempts and third-most yards on the Crimson Tide last year. 

As a rookie, Jacobs is expected to be the Raiders' every-down back, especially after Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles' tendon.

No. 27: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State 

"The safety [Johnathan Abram] is physical but not great in coverage." 

Abram's skills are similar to former first-round pick Karl Joseph. Both players are hard-hitting safeties that have more of a nose for the ball as a tackler than snatching interceptions. That would explain why the Raiders reportedly will not exercise Joseph's fifth-year option.

A third evaluator says the draft for the Raiders, and for every team this year, was more about fit than finding stars. 

"This was a quantity draft more than a quality draft, not just for the Raiders but overall," the evaluator said.

Raiders begin UNLV turf installation to play on at Allegiant Stadium

Raiders begin UNLV turf installation to play on at Allegiant Stadium

Two weeks after the Raiders’ natural grass turf was laid out, it’s UNLV football’s turn to get in on the action at Allegiant Stadium.

Crews on Tuesday began installing the artificial turf UNLV will play its home games on inside of the $2 billion, 65,000-seat stadium.

Photos show crews got the installation of the turf underway in the north end of the stadium. The turf is being installed in sections and already has field lines painted on the surface.

UNLV is slated to play six home games at Allegiant Stadium. The Rebels and the Raiders worked out a deal for UNLV’s Oct. 24 game versus Colorado State to be moved to Oct. 23 to have the Sept. 12 game versus Arizona State be played at Allegiant, as opposed to Sam Boyd Stadium.

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NFL rumors: Raiders considering moving 2020 training camp to Nevada

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NFL rumors: Raiders considering moving 2020 training camp to Nevada

The Raiders’ arrival in Las Vegas could come sooner than anticipated.

The team is seriously considering moving its training camp from Napa, California, to its new headquarters in Henderson. According to a person close to the team who was not authorized to speak on the record, training camp at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center is a viable option.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, team headquarters across the NFL have been entirely or partially closed since March. That has forced teams to conduct offseason programs virtually rather than at their practice facilities.

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