With the twenty-fourth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select…
24. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs RB | Alabama
I didn’t want to mock a running back in the first round because I frankly don’t think there is one worth taking. That being said, I don’t get paid to write these blog posts and the guys who do have Alabama running back Josh Jacobs as a top 15 overall prospect in this year’s draft class. Recent rumors suggest this could be the sweet spot for Jacobs, with Oakland, Philly and Indianapolis all as potential suitors. The Raiders received this pick as part of the Khalil Mack trade with Chicago. I’ll be brief since we covered the Raiders in depth at pick #4, and even briefer when we’re back on the clock at pick #27.
Oakland is still looking for help on defense and if they don’t take a pass rusher at four, then they will be itching to with one of these two later first round picks. The Raiders could also look to upgrade at cornerback where former 2017 first round pick, Gareon Conley, is the only notable name on this roster at the position. Any one of LSU’s Greedy Williams, Washington’s Byron Murphy or Georgia’s Deandre Baker could be in play here. If I’m the Raiders, I’m personally going defense with all three of my first round draft picks, which means they’ll probably end up trading them all to go get Kyler Murray. So dumb. I’ll hold off though on addressing another defensive position of need until pick #27. I just mentioned earlier that the two teams picking after Oakland here (and before they are on the clock again), want this dude Jacobs, so if the Raiders are serious about him too, then they’ll have to pull the plug at #24.
Oakland went on a spending spree in free agency, which included bringing in running back Isaiah Crowell. He is on a one-year deal though and could barely make it through a season with the Jets last year before being shown the door. He’s also no Marshawn Lynch. Oakland finished 25th in rushing a season ago, leaning on the veteran Lynch and the “muscle hamster,” Doug Martin. They could certainly use more depth at the running back position to improve those numbers, as well as help take some pressure off of Derek Carr. We’ve seen what some of these stud young running backs have been able to do for their teams over the last few years and the Raiders are a team sorely lacking in that department as it stands. Jacobs it is.