Derek Carr named ‘best value pick’ by Raiders since 2006

Who is the best value draft pick by the #Raiders since 2006?

While the first round of the NFL Draft hasn’t been kind to the Raiders over the last two decades, they’ve hit big on several players later in the draft. Even in recent years, they’ve struck gold with Maxx Crosby, Hunter Renfrow, and Nate Hobbs, all of who were drafted on Day 3.

But which pick has been their best outside of Round 1 over the last 15 or 20 years? Well, that answer is pretty obvious.

In a recent article by Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus, he named each team’s best value selection since 2006. And for the Raiders, that was none other than Derek Carr in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Here is what Renner had to say about that selection:

Maxx Crosby could be a good pick here, as he was taken two rounds later, but Carr obviously plays the more valuable position. (Derek) Carr is one of only four quarterbacks who was drafted outside the first round in the PFF era and is currently being paid over $30 million per year (Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins and Prescott as well).

Finding a franchise quarterback at any point in the draft represents major value, but doing so in the second round is almost unheard of as Renner mentioned. He’s improved in each of the last three seasons and led the Raiders to the playoffs during the 2021 season.

We can debate if Derek Carr is a top-10 quarterback or not, but what we can’t even argue is that he was an amazing pick by the Raiders in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is among the best draft values in the league over the last few decades.

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Raiders select WR Michael Pittman Jr. over Henry Ruggs in 2020 NFL redraft

Who should the #Raiders have selected at No. 12 in the 2020 NFL Draft?

The 2019 draft was a bad one for the Raiders as they did not pick up any of the three fifth-year options for their first-round picks. However, they did get solid play out of Josh Jacobs and even Johnathan Abram has had his moments with the team.

The 2020 draft was far worse for the Raiders in Round 1 as both Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette were released midseason in 2021. Ruggs was charged with DUI resulting in death and Arnette had several incidents with the team on and off the field.

So who should the Raiders have selected with their first of two first-round picks in 2020?

In a recent article by Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus, he re-drafted the entire first round from that draft. For the Raiders at No. 12, he gave them USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. over Ruggs. Here is what he had to say about that selection:

“Pittman took a clear step forward in his second season out of USC last year for the Colts despite inconsistent play at the quarterback position, raising his PFF grade from 62.8 as a rookie to 79.9 in 2021.

He’s an impressive route runner — particularly for his size — and is coming off a season where he caught 64.3% of his contested targets (second among wide receivers with at least 25 contested targets).

Pittman might not be the vertical threat that Las Vegas was searching for with the Ruggs’ selection, but he has a case as the best receiver left on the board in a talented class.”

When the Raiders were on the clock at No. 12, they had their choice of any receiver in the class. But in this re-draft, Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb, and Tee Higgins were all drafted inside the top-10. Still, Linsey gave them a highly productive receiver in Pittman.

Pittman caught 88 passes during the 2021 season, totaling 1,082 yards and six touchdowns. He’s known as being one of the most physical receivers in the league and he could have a breakout season in 2022 with Matt Ryan now under center for the Colts.

With their other first-round pick, Linsey gave them Kristian Fulton from LSU. The Raiders really needed secondary help and many thought Fulton (or Trevon Diggs) would be options at No. 19. Instead, they reached on Arnette, who many viewed as a mid-Day 3 player.

Drafting is always easy in hindsight, but these were two picks that felt like major reaches at the time. And for very different reasons, neither ended up working out for the Raiders.

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Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow goes in the first round of 2019 NFL redraft

Where would Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow be selected in a redraft of the 2019 draft?

The Raiders recently gave Hunter Renfrow a contract extension as he is coming off the best season of his career. He caught over 100 passes, surpassing 1,000 receiving yards as he’s now widely viewed as one of the NFL’s best slot receivers.

The Raiders were able to snag Renfrow well into Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft and he has certainly outplayed that draft spot. But just how high should he have been selected?

In a recent article by Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus, he re-drafted the entire first round of the 2019 draft. In that redraft, Renfrow was selected at pick No. 28 to the Los Angeles Chargers. Here is what Sikkema had to say about the former Clemson star and now Pro Bowler:

“If you look at Renfrow’s pre-draft measurements and combine results, you’ll see why he wasn’t a first-round pick. On the other hand, his 1,038 receiving yards, nine receiving touchdowns and 82.3 receiving grade from this past season say otherwise. He sneaks into this re-draft, and I think it’s warranted for how reliable a slot receiver he is.”

Renfrow really is a valuable weapon in the slot as he is nearly impossible to defend one-on-one. He’s managed to improve his route running over the last few years, but his ability after the catch has steadily gotten better throughout his career.

With Davante Adams now on the outside and a healthy Darren Waller back in the lineup, Renfrow could be in for an even bigger season. He should see far fewer double teams and should remain one of Derek Carr’s favorite options on third down.

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Raiders select Maxx Crosby at No. 4 in 2019 NFL re-draft

Who should the #Raiders have drafted at No. 4 in the 2019 NFL Draft?

The 2019 NFL Draft will always be remembered as the draft in which the Raiders had three first-round picks and failed to pick up the fifth-year option on all three selections.

Holding the No. 4 pick, the Raiders “reached” for Clelin Ferrell. Ferrell was a borderline first-round pick, yet Jon Gruden decided to take him inside the top five. But who should have the Raiders selected with that pick in hindsight?

In a recent article by Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus, he re-drafted the entire first round of the 2019 draft. For the Raiders at pick No. 4, he gave them Maxx Crosby instead of Ferrell. Here was his explanation behind the new selection:

“The Raiders were on the right track with the selection of an edge rusher at No. 4, but of the many incredible players at the position this class produced, it was the one they chose in the fourth round who should have come off the board here.

Crosby’s 193 career pressures are the most of any player in this class, and his 100 pressures in 2021 were the most of any player in the NFL.”

One of the reasons it’s hard to be too upset with the 2019 draft class for the Raiders is due to their selections on Day 3. Crosby and Hunter Renfrow have both made the Pro Bowl and have received huge extensions from the team. Even Foster Moreau has played a ton of snaps for the Raiders over the last few years.

Crosby was the biggest steal of the 2019 draft and certainly makes up for the miss on Ferrell. You can even make a case that he should go higher, just behind Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa.

The first round of the 2019 draft certainly wasn’t a great one for the Raiders. But they ended up getting two franchise-changing players later in the draft. For that reason alone, it’s a win.

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Raiders sign 4th round DT Neil Farrell to get entire 2022 draft class under contract

Raiders have now locked in their entire 2022 draft class

And then there were none. None left still to sign, that is. The day after the Raiders wrapped up their mandatory minicamp, they signed fourth round DT Neil Farrell to his four-year rookie deal. He was the sixth and final Raiders draft pick to sign his deal.

The 6-4, 325-pound Farrell was selected at 126 overall in the fourth round out of LSU. He signs on to a four-year, $4.5 million deal. It carries a $916K cap charge for 2022, which falls below the top 51 so currently doesn’t count against the total cap number.

Fellow fourth round pick RB Zamir White were the final two drafted players yet to sign their deals. White signed his deal this week. The rest of the class had signed their rookie deals a few weeks ago. The order in which they sign doesn’t really matter. These days the deals are slotted with little in the way of wiggle room and so holdouts are rare.

Raiders sign 4th round RB Zamir White to 4-year deal

Just one Raiders unsigned after 4th round RB Zamir White signs his 4-year deal

While Zamir What wasn’t on the field for Raiders minicamp practice Wednesday, he was busy. At least for that moment when he was handed a pen and signed his first NFL contract.

Today the Raiders officially signed the fourth round rookie to a four-year deal. The deal is worth $4.53 million over four years with a 2022 cap figure of $923K, which means it doesn’t count against their total as it falls below the top 51.

The 122nd overall pick played in 38 games with 23 starts, totaling 382 carries for 2,043 rushing yards (5.3 avg.) and 25 TD’s over three seasons at Georgia. Including 856 rushing yards and 11 TD’s in 2021.

The 122nd overall pick out of Georgia joins a crowded backfield that includes Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake, Brandon Bolden, and Ameer Abdullah.

White is the fifth draft pick the Raiders have signed so far, leaving just fellow fourth round pick Neil Farrell as the lone remaining of their six draft picks yet to be signed. So, expect that signing to be forthcoming.

6 recent Raiders draft picks with opportunity to play more in 2022

6 recent Raiders draft picks with opportunity to play more in 2022

The Raiders have a new front office and coaching staff in place for the 2022 season. Usually, that means draft picks from the previous regime get pushed aside for other players brought in by the new management.

However, there are a handful of recent draft picks that could earn more snaps with Josh McDaniels now in charge.

Here are six recent draft selections with an opportunity to play more and provide a big impact for the Raiders in 2022:

PFF gives Raiders a grade of ‘B-‘ for 2018 draft class

How would you grade the 2018 draft class for the #Raiders?

They say you can never judge a draft until at least Year 3 or Year 4. The 2018 draft class for the Raiders is now going into Year 5 and we have a pretty good idea as to how to grade that class.

The first draft during the second Jon Gruden era with the Raiders was certainly an interesting one. They traded down from No. 10 to pick Kolton Miller, a developmental offensive tackle from UCLA. That pick worked out as he’s now one of the best pass-protecting offensive tackles in the NFL.

But what about the rest of the class? If you don’t remember, the Raiders selected P.J. Hall, Brandon Parker and Arden Key on Day 2. They were able to get solid production from Maurice Hurst on Day 3, but that was the about it.

So how would you grade the 2018 class for the Raiders? In a recent article by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus, he re-graded every team’s draft class from 2018 and gave the Raiders a B-. Here is what he had to say about their draft as a whole:

“The 2018 draft introduced us to the Raiders’ absurd draft strategies in the Jon Gruden era. Hall and Parker came straight out of left field when picked, and neither has looked better in the NFL.

Miller was a similar head-scratcher at the time; yet, he’ll go down as the lone Gruden “reach” who worked out. He’s improved considerably every single season, improving from a 49.6 grade as a rookie to 65.0 in Year 2, 73.0 in Year 3, and 84.0 in Year 4.”

P.J. Hall and Arden Key flamed out pretty quickly with the Raiders, but Miller and Parker could be their two starting tackles for the 2022 season. While Miller is clearly the better player, Parker has improved some over the last few years. He’s still better as a backup, but picking him in Round 3 still feels like a slight reach.

The Raiders have certainly had worse draft classes over the years, but this one isn’t fantastic either. Luckily, the selection of Kolton Miller at No. 15 has saved this class from being a failure. He’s only 26 years old and has quickly established himself as one of the best tackles in the NFL.

As a whole, a B- grade feels about right for this class.

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Look: First images of fourth-round RB Zamir White in full Raiders uniform

4th round RB Zamir White dons his full Raiders uniform for the first time

This past weekend was the NFLPA Rookie symposium. Where the NFLPA tells all the linemen and most of the defensive players that they are not marketable. Or at very least, considerably less marketable than any offensive skill position player, even day three picks and beyond.

Of the Raiders six 2022 draft picks, two are skill position players — both running backs. Zamir White, who was selected in the fourth round (122) out of Georgia was invited to the Rookie symposium, which means he becomes the first Raiders rookie to get to suit up in his full game day uniform to pose for photos.

And here he is in a group photo with the rest of the 42 invited rookies at this year’s symposium. Of which four are defenders and the other 38 are offensive skill position players.

The rest of the Raiders rookies will have to wait until August 4 when the team takes the field to open the preseason in the Hall of Fame game in Canton Ohio.

Raiders UDFA RB Sincere McCormick is a sleeper worth watching at training camp

Here is one UDFA RB that could sneak onto the 53-man roster for the Raiders

Every year, an undrafted free agent or two winds up making the 53-man roster. A few years ago, it was Alec Ingold and Andre James. Before that, it was Nicholas Morrow and Jalen Richard.

So who could be the next undrafted free agent who could surprise camp and make the 53-man roster?

In a recent article by Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report, he named every team’s undrafted free agent that could crack the 53-man roster for their respective squad.

For the Raiders, that was none other than former UTSA running back Sincere McCormick. Here is a snippet of Sobleksi’s thoughts on McCormick and his fit with the Raiders:

“McCormick is a talented runner who posted 3,929 rushing yards over the last three seasons, including more than 1,400 in each of the last two years. But he’s another typical story of not being big enough (5’8″, 204 pounds) or fast enough (4.6-second 40-yard dash) for teams’ liking.

McCormick is a tough and decisive runner who plays behind his pads. He may not wow in any certain area, but he’s already comfortable working as a third-down back”

The Raiders did add a bunch of running backs this offseason, including two in the NFL Draft. However, McCormick’s production and power could make him a candidate to sneak onto the roster over someone like Brandon Bolden.

If McCormick has a strong training camp and preseason, don’t rule him out finding a spot on the roster. Josh McDaniels has never been afraid to keep four or five running backs on the active roster, provided they can play on special teams. That’s where McCormick will have to make his money early in his NFL career.

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