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2019 NFL Mock Draft: Raiders replace Derek Carr, Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper with three first-round picks

The Raiders spent their reunion week looking forward to 2019 – and beyond. They traded the wide receiver Amari Cooper, the fourth overall pick in 2015, to the Cowboys for a first-round pick. As it stands, Oakland has now drafted three first-rounders next year. With the current NFL table over seven weeks, the Raiders have the # 4 (their original range), # 9 (from the Cowboys) and # 15 (from the Bears as part of the Khalil Mack trade).

Just as it is, the Raiders are 1-5, have a point differential of minus 66, which is the third worst in the league behind the Cardinals (minus 92) and the bills (minus 94). And as these teams, Oakland has virtually no chance to save the season, Jon Gruden is the first in the NFL since the 2008 season. That could mean he will spend the next 1

0 games evaluating the players that are currently on the list, and issue free agency and draft to put together his vision of what a profitable list looks like. At the top of the to-do list (in no particular order): replacing Mack, replacing Cooper, and determining if Derek Carr is the long-term answer for quarterback.

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Starting with Carr first, a quick glance at the stats and you might think that the quarterback in Fifth Year under Gruden really thrives. Carr finished 71.7 percent of his passes, which is eight percentage points higher than ever before in his career. But he also has eight interceptions – he was tied for the lead league in Week 7 – and only seven touchdowns. But the low came in the 6th week in London, when Carr was 23 out of 31, but managed only 142 passing yards and lost two fumbles. He had three multi-pick games and only once did not make any sales. And because he's not Gruden's, it's reasonable to think that he may not be in the new coach's long-term plans.

Replacing Mack and Cooper, though not easy, is certainly less complicated; The Raiders have seven sacks and three fumble recoveries this season. Mack, now in Chicago, has five and four. Cooper, meanwhile, averaged a low 12.7 yards per reception, but he ranked 25th in value per game, just ahead of Julio Jones and Alshon Jeffery. If the Raiders are anything but mediocre (or worse) – they've had exactly two winning seasons since Gruden last went to Oakland in 2002, most recently in 2016 when they went 12-4 – they'll need all three of their first rounds to nail.

If you're wondering, the following tips are sorted based on win percentage, playoff set, and the strength of the timeline (via Tankathon.com).

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1. San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State. He is the best player in the draft, though he has decided to leave the rest of his college season to recover from a muscle injury on September 20th. The 49ers used Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas in the first round of 2015-17 but none is as annoying as Bosa.

. 2 Arizona Cardinals

Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama The Cardinals' offensive line struggled to protect rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, and it was even worse for David Johnson to create careers. Some of them are systemic, which is why offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was fired and replaced by quarterback coach Byron Leftwich. However, the needs remain along the O-Line and Jonah Williams is the best in the field, though it is likely to have a range to finish second overall.

. 3 New York Giants

Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon . Until the Giants have a viable option at quarterback that is not Eli Manning, Herbert remains the choice here. CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday that Herbert could decide to return to school which would be devastating for the Giants. One option : New York could focus on a short-term solution such as Joe Flacco until they could find their next franchise passer.

. 4 Oakland Raiders

Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. Oliver is one of the two best players in the country and the Raiders would be happy to find him here. The only downside for him is that he is short on defensive tackle standards, but watch him. He has a non-stop engine and is damn near unblockable. He will not replace Khalil Mack, but he will immediately improve this defense.

. 5 Indianapolis Colts

Brian Burns, DE, Florida State. The Colts defensive has evolved from one of the league's worst units in 2017 to a backup team starting the game on Sunday. And there is no faster way to get better than to find elite pass rushers. Burns was dominant this season and could be one of the first in a deep class of Edge Rushers.

. 6 Buffalo Bills

Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State. That's probably too high to take a broad receiver, especially now that we do not know when Ole Miss & # 39; D.K. Metcalf will return from the injury. But Harmon is the second-best recipient in this class, and although he has a tough game against Clemson behind him, his ability to enter and exit during breaks creates a tug-of-war and makes controversial catches that need just that lazy Bills check offense.

. 7 Atlanta Falcons

Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama. How deep is Alabama's Bank? Williams played behind Da & # 39; Ron Payne and the Redshirt student has opened his eyes with his play in the first half of the college season. In related news, the Falcon's defense line is among the worst in the league – against the run and pass – and the drafting Williams would solve many of these problems.

. 8 Cleveland Browns

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. To hear Hue Jackson say the offense needs his help. But this unit has many young playmakers who only have to grow into their roles. A broad receiver is an obvious need, but not so high. Cleveland, instead, continues to assemble the league's best young stable of defensive talent; a year after adding the best cornerback in the 2017 draft, they double and get Williams the best cornerback in the & # 39; 18 draft class.

. 9 Oakland Raiders (via Cowboys)

Drew Lock, QB, Missouri . Lock looks like an NFL quarterback and can do all the litters. His decision can get him in trouble, but that would be Jon Gruden's quarterback to shape him to his liking. With the fire sale in Oakland Derek Carrs days could be counted.

10th Tennessee Titans

Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson . We know how awkward the Titans' offensive can be, but it's too high to be an Interior Lineman, a broad receiver, or a tight end. Plus, the defense has not set the world on fire – especially the pass defense rank 23, according to Football Outsiders. Adding Ferrell and pairing him with 2017 second round pick Harold Landry seems like a breeze

11. Jacksonville Jaguars

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford The Jaguars urgently need to get away from Blake Bortles, but with two quarterbacks from the board and little depth in the position in this class, the team turns its attention to occupying the offensive with playmakers can help whoever replaces Bortles.

12th New York Jets

Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State. The Jets defense line was a substitute plane against the barrel and the pass, and the defense has 15 sacks in seven games. Sweat, which has a fantastic college season, can be a difference-maker in pass-rushing situations.

. 13 Philadelphia Eagles

Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama. Malcolm Jenkins is 30, Corey Graham is 33, and Thompson is the best safety in college football and it's not even close. This team has other needs as well, but upgrading secondary education remains a priority, and it's hard to be better than Thompson.

fourteenth Denver Broncos

David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin. The Broncos have a need for up and down – especially at quarterback – but they take Edwards here, one of the best players in the school, about whom few speak. Incredibly consistent, Edwards could immediately begin to anchor the right side of the line.

15th Oakland Raiders (about bears)

A.J. Brown, WR Ole Miss. Al Davis would love this selection. Brown is a burner, though he mostly plays out of the slot, which fits better for Gruend's version of the West Coast offensive, which now includes quarterback Drew Lock (six picks earlier, courtesy of the Amari Cooper trade with the Cowboys). We also looked at a pass ruster here, but Oakland's offensive is too weak not to talk twice in the first round.

sixteenth Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jeffery Simmons, DT, State of Mississippi . The Bucs entered the NFL's worst defense in Week 7, and the line of defense was 27th on quarterback's rushing. Simmons is one of the fastest defensive tackles in college football and would be a welcome addition to a unit that includes Gerald McCoy, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Vinny Curry.

17th Seattle Seahawks

Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia. The line of attack needs to be improved. That's not news. Yes, the group played better than expected, but there is no reason that the offense should consist of Russell Wilson who runs for most of his life.

18th Detroit Lions

Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan. Is he a defensive attack or a defensive end? Gary has not released any stinging statistics this season, but he's a versatile player who fits any pattern Matt Patricia can think of.

19th Miami Dolphins

Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson If there ever was an advertisement for why your line of defense should be better at the point of attack, then that is:

Lawrence is a 340 pound bowling ball, strong as an ox and fast as a cat.

20th Baltimore Ravens

Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama C.J. Mosley could play free agency after the season and Wilson would switch seamlessly to the role.

21st Houston Texans

Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State . Quarterback Deshaun Watson has beaten this season. (To the extent that he had to take a bus to Jacksonville because he feared that his partially collapsed lung would not cope with the air pressure when he flew to the game with the rest of the team.) Risner is tough and consistently reliable, which Houston's offensive line needs more.

22nd Cincinnati Bengals

Kris Boyd, CB, Texas. The Bengals love cornering in the first round and Boyd has opened his eyes with a good season for the Longhorns.

23rd Green Bay Packers

Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky. Allen was very hot this season and registered eight sacks for the Wildcats, including five in his last three games. He would reinforce the Packers' Pass Rush, which has 18 sacks in six games.

24th Minnesota Vikings

Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College. According to Football Outsiders, the Vikings are ranked 24th in run-blocking and 29th in runs in the middle. If they get better in advance and make Dalvin Cook healthy, this offense could not be stopped.

25th Pittsburgh Steelers

Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida The Steelers need help with linebackers and cornerbacks, but Polite was a scare for the Gators this season. And an effective pass rush can hide other defense issues.

26th Washington Redskins

Ryan Finley, QB, N.C. State. Finley comes out of his worst game of the season, but his way of playing – getting the ball out fast, looking ahead, the lack of a strong arm – reminds us of Kirk Cousins ​​the Redskins miss the trade The 34- year old Alex Smith. Finley would not be ready for a starting position in 2019, but he could be the team's quarterback in 2020 and beyond.

27th Carolina Panthers

Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford . Smith is an athletic down-the-field pass-catcher in the shape of Greg Olsen, who turns 34 next year.

28th Los Angeles Chargers

Devin White, LB, LSU. Like last week. Denzel Perryman is in the final year of his rookie deal, and while White is not as consistent as Mack Wilson this season, he tests all the boxes for what NFL teams are looking for in their mid-linebacks in today's game.

29th New England Patriots

Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. Rob Gronkowski has suggested retiring, but even if he stayed for a few more years, the Patriots would have another weapon in midfield to defend themselves with.

30th Green Bay Packers (about saints)

Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame. The Packers have invested a lot of new draft picks in support of the Secondary and now they are trying their second round choice to repair their Run Defense, which was suspect in the first half of the season.

31st Kansas City Chiefs

Michael Jackson, CB, Miami. If the chiefs can craft a defense on a substitute level, they are a true Super Bowl contender for the next 2-3 years.

32nd Los Angeles Rams

Te & # 39; s by Coney, LB, Notre Dame. If there's a weakness in this Rams team, it's Linebacker. The defensive was average this season and the run game is rank 26. Coney had an outstanding senior season in Notre Dame and he would immediately appreciate the middle of this D.

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