For the second consecutive season, the
Oakland Las Vegas Raiders will have multiple first-round selections in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. It’ll happen right in the team’s new backyard along the famous Strip.
After a strong start, the Raiders faded in the second half of the 2019 season, finishing with a dismal 7-9 record. Where will general manager Mike Mayock allocate his precious draft picks come April?
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. released his first mock draft Friday and has the Raiders addressing both sides of the ball in the first round.
No. 12: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
As arguably the top receiver in this year’s draft class, this would be an absolute steal. Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams were expected to form a dynamic receiving duo for the Raiders in 2019, but Brown’s brief and bizarre tenure combined with Williams’ injury struggles left the team with few consistent targets on the outside.
Lamb is a big-time playmaker with great hands who will step in, catch a bunch of passes and score touchdowns.
Whether the Raiders have Derek Carr or another veteran quarterback under center next season, Lamb would provide an immediate No. 1 option to bring some much-needed balance to coach Jon Gruden’s offense.
After a dominant, three-touchdown performance against Texas this season, Lamb even shouted out a Raiders legend with his postgame ‘fit.
No. 19: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Murray is a chiseled, gifted talent with great athleticism for his size (6-foot-2, 240). He needs to improve in coverage, but he has the speed to match tight ends in space and is so fun to watch on tape as a tackler and penetrator.
With five linebackers set to hit free agency, this is a major position of need for the Raiders. Murray had 102 tackles and four sacks for Oklahoma in his final collegiate season.
Mel Kiper NFL mock draft 2020: Raiders pick two Oklahoma prospects originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area