Defense is the priority for the Oakland Raiders in this year's NFL Draft, but the Raiders could spend a pick or two on the offensive side of the ball. One area the Raiders could add a young player is at wide receiver. Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper are a strong duo and they Raiders just signed Cordarelle Patterson to help on returns and in multiple wide out looks. Seth Roberts is the slot receiver, but the Raiders could look for an upgrade or just more depth. If the Raiders elect to target a WR, there are a few notable players they could take.
This list only includes realistic options. As great as it would be to land Mike Williams from Clemson, that's probably not going to happen. While there are more than just the four options, these are some of the top realistic ones. With that in mind, here are four WRs the Raiders could target in the NFL Draft.
4. Quincy Adeboyejo, Ole Miss
A 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine really helped Adeboyejo's stock. By checking in at 6-foot-3, 197-pounds, he's got the height and speed teams like. The Raiders also met with Adeboyejo at his pro day, a clear sign there's at least some interest. He could end up serving as a big, vertical slot receiver. That's a role the Raiders could use, if they are indeed looking for an upgrade over Ryan Switzer.
3. Ishmael Zamora, Baylor
Much like Adeboyejo, Zamora has the size (6-foot-4, 219-pounds) and the speed teams like. He could be a pretty good weapon in the NFL, but he's still raw in terms of route running, a direct result of playing at Baylor. There's also an off-the-field incident for Zamora, who was charged with animal abuse and suspended for three games after a video of him beating his dog with a belt. The Raiders met with Zamora during a pre-draft private visit. However, The presence of Cordarrelle Patterson might limit the Raiders' interest in Zamaora and Adeboyejo. Both players are likely Day 3 picks.
2. Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
If you're looking for that classic, undersized slot receiver: here's one of the top options. Switzer won't blow anyone away with his mesurables (he's short, with really short arms and not a great 40 time). But he's a really good route runner, is shifty and has quality hands. If the Raiders are ready to move on from Seth Roberts this year, Switzer early on Day 3 might be the best move they can make. He's one of my favorite prospects this year.
1. Trent Taylor, Louisiana Tech
Here's another Switzer type - short arms, lack of size and speed, but quick and a good route runner. He brings some punt return ability, but he's not the prospect Switzer is. As a result, he could slide until the latter part of Day 3. In that case, he could provide the Raiders with a player they can try to stash on the practice squad for a year, before he fully replaces Roberts.Back to the Oakland Raiders Newsfeed