Daniel Jeremiah 2022 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Raiders select Ohio State WR Chris Olave

Raiders select Ohio State WR Chris Olave in Daniel Jeremiah’s Mock Draft 1.0

One of the more anticipated mock drafts each offseason comes from NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah. The Network’s resident draft guru took over for Mike Mayock three years ago when Mayock became the Raiders General Manager.

Jeremiah put out his first Mock Draft for the 2022 NFL Draft today. And like several others, he has the Raiders going wide receiver with their selection at 22 overall. He has them going with Ohio State wide out Chris Olave.

Olave is going to run REALLY fast. The Raiders have had an obvious need for that element in their passing game since Henry Ruggs’ release in November. DeSean Jackson was a short-term fix.

Hard to call Jackson a “fix” of any kind, short-term or otherwise.

Ruggs was the team’s top pick in the 2020 draft and he was coming into his own early this past season, looking like the deep threat the offense needed. With him in prison on charges of DUI resulting in death, the Raiders must replace his role in the offense.

Jeremiah has Olave as the fourth receiver taken in his Mock Draft behind Treylon Burks, Drake London, and Garrett Wilson.

Olave has caught 175 passes for 2702 yards and 35 touchdowns over four seasons at Ohio State.

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What is the biggest draft need for the Raiders in 2022?

What is the bigger need for the Raiders in 2022? Offensive Line or Wide Receiver?

The Raiders tried to accomplish something this offseason that is rarely done; rebuild the entire offensive line in just one year. Outside of Kolton Miller, the team had four new starters in Week 1 and continued to move around pieces as the year went on.

While someone like Andre James (center) did show promise, they still need to reinforce the unit this offseason. The hope is that Alex Leatherwood can improve in Year 2, but that might be at guard rather than tackle.

In a recent article by Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus, he broke down every team’s biggest draft need going into the 2022 offseason. For the Raiders, that was the offensive line. Specifically, the right side of the offensive line. Here is a snippet of his thoughts on the unit going into the offseason:

“Las Vegas needs improvement from that right side of the offensive line, if nothing else. The Raiders’ right guard and right tackle positions combined to allow 124 pressures over the course of the regular season. That was 17 more than any other team in the NFL.

Leatherwood, Las Vegas’ first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, was responsible for a league-high 65 of those pressures. He had positive moments in the run game and should improve after a rookie season that involved a mid-year position change from right tackle to right guard, but four of the five starting spots could at least use some new competition entering 2022.”

If the Raiders could find a long-term solution at right tackle in either free agency or the draft, that would solve a lot of their problems. They might also consider looking for a dominant guard as they could then move Denzelle Good back to right tackle.

No matter how the Raiders try to fix their offensive line this offseason, it has to be their No. 1 priority. If this unit can improve in 2022, there is really no reason why the Raiders couldn’t be a dramatically better offense next year.

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PODCAST: The case for and against retaining Rich Bisaccia as head coach of the Raiders

PODCAST: Should Rich Bisaccia be the head coach of the Raiders in 2022?

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In this episode of the Raiders Wire Podcast, Marcus Mosher and Ryan O’Leary discuss the playoff loss to the Bengals. What went wrong and how close were they to defeating the Bengals? They debate the final sequence, the spike on first down and so much more!

Plus, they give the pros and cons to Rich Bisaccia staying on as the head coach in 2022, was this considered a successful season and will Derek Carr be back next year as the starting quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders? All that and so much more in this episode of the show!

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Mel Kiper Mock Draft 1.0: See who the Raiders select in Round 1

Raiders pick Clemson cornerback in Mel Kiper Jr.’s first mock draft of the year

You know it is draft season when the godfather, Mel Kiper Jr, releases his first mock draft of the year. As always, there are a number of surprising picks and matches in the first round.

So who does Kiper have the Raiders picking in the first round? Well, he has them going with another Clemson cornerback in Andrew Booth Jr. at pick No. 22. Here is why Kiper believes that could be a perfect pick for the Raiders in Round 1.

“This is another tough pick to figure out, with general manager Mike Mayock out and the Raiders now searching for someone to run their football operations. The Las Vegas roster has some issues, particularly along the right side of its offensive line and in the secondary, so I went with the top cornerback left on my board.

Fifth-round pick Nate Hobbs was a nice find in last year’s draft, but this defense could use Booth, a 6-foot press-coverage corner who allowed only one completion of more than 20 yards in 2021. He was extremely consistent over the past two seasons, locking down receivers. The Raiders ranked 27th in QBR allowed (51.4) this season; taking Booth would address a weakness.”

The Raiders could use another outside cornerback even if Casey Hayward Jr. returns in free agency. Trayvon Mullen is entering the final year of his contract and has struggled to stay healthy. When he is healthy, he is a quality cornerback. But they need more depth and Booth could help them in that area.

If the Raiders decide to grab a cornerback in the back-end of Round 1, Booth would be a fantastic option. However, there are several options that would make sense in that spot, including Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Trent McDuffie, etc. Cornerback, along with wide receiver, seem like the most likely options for the Raiders in Round 1.

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Dane Brugler’s first 2022 mock draft: See who the Raiders select in Round 1

Raiders go with size over speed at wide receiver in latest mock draft by Dane Brugler

It’s officially that time of year again as “Mock Draft Season” is here. Several of the top draft analysts released their first mock draft of the year now that the order of the first 24 picks has been decided.

A common theme you are likely to see from mock drafts this offseason is the Raiders addressing their wide receiver need in the first round. Out of the dozens of mocks we’ve seen lately, almost all of them have the Raiders going wide receiver in Round 1.

Let’s take a look at Dane Brugler from The Athletic’s first mock draft of the year, which has the Raiders selecting USC wide receiver Drake London. Here is why Brugler believes he could be a great fit with Derek Carr and the Raiders:

“Derek Carr was playing well enough for the Raiders to make a postseason run, but he needed another playmaker in the playoff loss to the Bengals. London, who was averaging 11 catches and 135.5 yards per game before his injury, has the basketball athleticism to play above the rim and be a chain-mover.”

London is a massive receiver, measuring in at 6’5, 209 pounds. And as Brugler mentioned, he was one of the most productive players in college football last season despite missing several games with an injury.

If the Raiders are looking to add size and physicality on the outside, London would be a good option at pick No. 22. But does have the elite speed to take the top off the defense? That’s more of a question mark in his game.

London could very well be the first receiver off the board in April’s draft. But don’t be surprised if the Raiders are searching for an outside receiver with more speed and quickness than London.

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PODCAST: Why the Raiders got their best-case playoff scenario with date in Cincinnati

PODCAST: Why the Raiders got their best-case playoff scenario with date in Cincinnati

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In this episode of the Raiders Wire Podcast, Marcus Mosher and Ryan O’Leary discuss the Week 18 win over the Chargers and explain why the Raiders weren’t interested in a tie. Plus, they discuss the wild events that led to the Raiders making the playoffs and their chances of competing in the AFC.

They also preview the Round 1 matchup against the Bengals and discuss how they can steal this game in Cincinnati. All that and so much more in this episode of the show!

Enjoy the show with the player at the top of the page and make sure to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast platform. You can also follow Marcus on Twitter @Marcus_Mosher and Ryan O’Leary, host of the Raiders Wire Podcast at @RyanOLearySMG.

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Raiders add talented Clemson cornerback in latest PFF mock draft

PFF Mock Draft: See who the Raiders grab at pick No. 23 in the first round

For the last several months, most 2022 mock drafts had the Raiders picking somewhere in the middle of the round. Occasionally, you would see them drafting inside of the top-12 and certainly never outside of the top-15 picks.

But now, the Raiders are guaranteed to have a selection in the 20s in this April’s draft. After winning four straight games to finish the season, they have made the playoffs and thus, their draft spot will be lower.

However, there are still a bunch of talented players that could be available for the Raiders in the latter part of the first round. One such player is Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth, who Pro Football Focus has the Raiders drafting at pick No. 23.

Here is why they believe would be a perfect fit in Gus Bradley’s defense in 2022:

“With Damon Arnette gone and Trayvon Mullen banged up, the Raiders need to address the cornerback position once again. Booth has serious ball skills for a corner and finished the season on a tear.”

The Raiders have their slot cornerback of the future in Nate Hobbs and the hope is that the team can bring back Casey Hayward Jr. in free agency. However, the overall cornerback depth on this team is not great and needs an influx of talent.

Booth is one of the most gifted cornerbacks in the class and could be available late in Round 1. Don’t be surprised if Booth is among the final considerations for the Raiders in the first round come April.

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PODCAST: How can you not appreciate the resilience of this Raiders team?

PODCAST: Can the Raiders actually pull off the upset against the Chargers and make the playoffs?

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In this episode of the Raiders Wire Podcast, Marcus Mosher and Ryan O’Leary discuss the Week 17 win over the Colts and how this team has been able to bounce back with a three-game winning streak. Plus, they talk about their playoff chances and what needs to happen to get into the tournament.

Finally, they talk about the Week 18 matchup against the Chargers and can the Raiders pull off the upset and finally make the playoffs? Plus, they touch on all of the latest news surrounding Nate Hobbs and his status for Sunday night. All that and so much more in this episode of the show!

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Raiders add Ohio State WR Chris Olave in latest PFF mock draft

PFF 2022 Mock Draft: See who the Raiders select in Round 1

Heading into the 2022 offseason, the Raiders have to find a wide receiver to complement Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller. While both of those players have been excellent over the last few seasons, this team needs a bonafide outside receiver that can win one-on-one matchups.

That is why the Raiders are expected to look to the draft to solve this issue. Could that be in the first round? If the answer is yes, they will have plenty of options.

One such option is former Ohio State receiver Chris Olave, who has declared for the 2022 NFL Draft. In a recent article by Pro Football Focus, they mocked Olave to the Raiders in the middle of Round 1. Here is what they had to say about the potential pairing:

“Olave is a seasoned route-runner, just like teammate Garrett Wilson. Since 2019, Olave has come down with 53 10-plus-yard receptions that have come with at least two steps of separation, the most in the Power Five by 12. His wheels have also led to 19 deep touchdowns over the last three years, the most in the Power Five by five.”

Olave might not be the most dynamic or exciting receiver prospect, but he is effective. In an offense that relies on timing and precision, Olave would make a lot of sense with Derek Carr and the Raiders.

We will continue to monitor the status of Olave throughout the draft process as he could be a Round 1 selection for the Raiders.

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2022 CBS Sports Mock Draft: Find out which WR the Raiders grab in Round 1

Which speed WR could the Raiders add in Round 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft?

Going into the 2022 offseason, the Raiders are going to have the same goal they always do; add more speed to both sides of the ball. And one position that desperately needs a speed infusion is at wide receiver.

Hunter Renfrow is having a career year with the Raiders, but his game isn’t built on speed. Bryan Edwards is a big, physical outside receiver. But he certainly isn’t a burner. They need someone who can stretch the field and keep the safeties back from the line of scrimmage.

In a recent mock draft by Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports, he has the Raiders selecting Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson in Round 1 to help address their speed deficiency. Here is what he had to say about the potential first-round pairing:

“Wilson’s film is an absolute blast because of his athleticism and speed downfield. The Raiders could use another weapon for Derek Carr.”

Wilson opted out of the Rose Bowl and will enter the 2022 NFL Draft. He had a monster 2021 season, catching 70 passes for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 11 games. He doesn’t have elite size, but his speed and athleticism are what would make him attractive for the Raiders.

The 2022 wide receiver class is pretty deep and Wilson could be the first player selected at his position. Don’t be surprised if the Raiders show a ton of interest in the former Buckeye receiver in April.

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