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NFL mock draft 2020: Todd McShay has Raiders picking QB Justin Herbert

NFL mock draft 2020: Todd McShay has Raiders picking QB Justin Herbert

The closer we got to the 2019 NFL Draft, the more rumors we heard about the Raiders taking a quarterback. But that never happened, however, and Derek Carr is still the man under center for the Silver and Black. 

But that might not last much longer. 

Carr and the Raiders went just 4-12 in his first season working with head coach Jon Gruden. Another down year could spell the end of Carr's tenure with the team that took him in the second round of the 2014 draft. 

With this year's draft one week old, ESPN's Todd McShay is already looking ahead to 2020. And with the first of the Raiders' two first-round picks, McShay is giving Gruden a new quarterback to work with. 

No. 5: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon 

Draft order is generated by Football Outsiders' model for early projected records for the 2019 season. In this scenario, the Raiders would have a down year in their last season in Oakland, likely meaning it's time to move on from Carr. 

If Herbert entered the 2019 draft, he likely would have been a first-round pick -- maybe even No. 1 overall. But the Eugene native went back to Oregon for his senior season and is headed to Sin City in McShay's mock draft. 

"The 6-6, 233-pound quarterback has a good combination of arm strength and touch," McShay wrote. "He is also mobile and can run when he needs to." 

Herbert threw for 3,151 yards and 29 passing touchdowns with eight interceptions as a junior, while completing 59.4 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 166 yards and two more scores. 

The Raiders will want to compete right away when they move to Las Vegas, and Herbert could be the man they turn to. 

No. 13: Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson

This pick comes via the Bears in the Khalil Mack trade. Simmons is a different player than Mack -- most people are -- but could be a great find with the 13th pick. 

"A converted safety, Simmons is all over the field for Clemson," McShay wrote. 

That he is. Simmons, 6-3, 225 pounds, had 88 tackles (nine for loss), two sacks, one pick-six, six passes defensed, and three forced fumbles as a sophomore. 

Simmons could be the perfect hybrid defender for Paul Guenther's defense in 2020.

NFL mock draft 2020: Todd McShay has 49ers picking cornerback CJ Henderson

NFL mock draft 2020: Todd McShay has 49ers picking cornerback CJ Henderson

The 49ers had a glaring need to upgrade their secondary in the 2019 NFL Draft, and yet they waited until the sixth round to select a defensive back. 

Cornerback Tim Harris, who spent six seasons in college and used two medical redshirts, is the lone addition from the rookie class to a secondary that only had two interceptions last season. When looking at the 2020 NFL Draft class, ESPN's Todd McShay is making sure the 49ers don't wait to find a ballhawk. 

This year's draft is one week old, so naturally, it's time to move on to 2020. McShay released his first mock draft on Thursday and have the 49ers taking Florida cornerback CJ Henderson with the No. 11 overall pick. Draft order is generated by Football Outsiders' model for early projected records for the 2019 season.

"Henderson has six interceptions in two seasons with the Gators. And the Niners need options at defensive back," McShay wrote. 

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Henderson, 6-foot-1 and 191 pounds, also has nine passes defensed and 60 tackles (five for loss) in his college career. He even recorded three sacks and two forced fumbles last season.

In high school, he was also a star running back and ESPN ranked him the No. 10 athlete in the class of 2017. They also have him timed as running a blazing 4.35 40-yard dash. Here he is catching 49ers second-round draft pick Deebo Samuel from behind. 

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The 49ers have to create more turnovers on defense, and Henderson looks like he could be a top target in next year's draft.

NFL Draft 2019: Johnathan Abram best Raiders value pick, Todd McShay says

NFL Draft 2019: Johnathan Abram best Raiders value pick, Todd McShay says

The Raiders picked three times in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and it's the last of the trio that ESPN's Todd McShay favors the most

With the No. 27 pick in the draft, the Raiders selected Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram. McShay calls Abram a "human torpedo," and he was the draft analyst's top safety in the draft. 

"The hard-hitting safety brings a lot of energy to the secondary and can be a defensive leader for this rebuilding defense," McShay wrote on Saturday.

Abram, 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, is known for his aggressive style. He totaled 195 tackles in three years in college -- 15.5 for loss -- and added five sacks. He has closing speed and ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at NFL Scouting Combine. 

Most importantly, he fits exactly what head coach Jon Gruden wants on his defense. 

"He's a competitor and fits what Jon Gruden is looking for in defensive assets," McShay wrote. "My top safety is going to be a very good NFL player." 

Gruden respects Abram's game so much he's already giving him a prestigious jersey number in Raiders history. When he toured the Raiders' locker room before his introductory press conference, a helmet with a No. 24 decal was waiting for the rookie.

The number has been worn by the likes of Fred Williamson, Willie Brown, Charles Woodson and most recently, Marshawn Lynch. 

“That means the world to me,” Abram said in a 1-on-1 interview with NBC Sports Bay Area on Friday. “I know I have big shoes to fill. There have been a lot of greats wearing that number like Charles Woodson and even Marshawn Lynch. He’s going down as one of the greatest running backs to ever play.

“The standard has been set. I have to uphold that standard.”

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Abram joins a group of Karl Joseph, Lamarcus Joyner and Erik Harris looking for playing time at safety. The tenacity that Gruden and McShay saw should get him on the field sooner than later.