The Raiders came out of the 2019 NFL Draft with three first-round picks and addressed several needs.
But how much talent did they reall 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 to 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.
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.