With the fourth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select…
4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams DT | Alabama
I literally just got done writing about how the Jets dropped stacks in free agency this year and now you want me to talk about the Raiders? The Raiders entered the offseason with over $70 million in cap space themselves, and were one of, if not the, most active team in free agency. You know what, it’s getting late, how about I go speed round like Mark Wahlberg in Ted and rattle some of these names off for ya. Sound good? Cool, leggo: Quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Landry Jones, wide receivers Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, and J.J. Nelson, kick returner Dwayne Harris, running back Isaiah Crowell, offensive tackle Trent Brown, linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Brandon Marshall, cornerback Nevin Lawson, safeties Lamarcus Joyner and Curtis Riley. Whew! In summary, the 2019-20 Oakland Raiders roster looks nothing like the Raider team of last season that finished a measly 4-12. Whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen. Regardless, the Raiders possess 3 picks in the first round of this year’s draft and are looking to make a splash.
Of all those names I just spit out, none of those guys plays on the defensive line. Oakland finished dead last in sacks last year with 13. 13!! I’ve said it before and I’m going to keep saying it, this draft class is loaded with defensive talent, especially in the front seven. That is not the only need that the Raiders have though. Offensively, they are going to need to replace Jared Cook at tight end after he went ahead and signed with the New Orleans Saints. I’m also not totally sold on Isaiah Crowell as my lead running back. Defensively, in addition to d-line, the Raiders could use an upgrade at corner opposite Gareon Conley. The nice thing is the Raiders can address those needs with their other two first round picks later in the draft. With Nick Bosa and Josh Allen already off the board, the Raiders could look at Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary or Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat. The best player still on the board though, and maybe the best player in the draft, is Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Maurice Hurst was a steal last year for the Raiders in the 5th round and is already penciled in at one defensive tackle spot with the other being manned by a washed-up Johnathan Hankins. I think it’s safe to say they can use an upgrade here. Williams has the size and skill set to rush the passer from the interior while fighting through double teams, which is exactly what teams are looking for these days from that position.
This is the Raiders though, so don’t be surprised if they opt to go with Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver over Williams after his pro day workout. Then of course there’s Mississippi wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, whose 6’3” 228 lbs frame and 4.33 40 yard dash probably has Al Davis touching himself in his grave. The wildcard here of course is the quarterback position, where rumors have it Jon Gruden is crushing hard on this quarterback class, especially Kyler Murray and Drew Lock. Would the Raiders really use all the draft capital they compiled to trade up and draft one of these quarterbacks this year? The Raiders didn’t hesitate to ship Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper out of town, so Derek Carr better look out. More to come on the Raiders at picks #24 and #27 so stay tuned.