Raiders GM Mike Mayock scouted the NCAA championship game when a friend and colleague staff performed a topic he loathes: Draft characters. This friend mentioned Mayock's first NFL draft would get a B-plus if he only took players from the title at Levi's Stadium.
Mayock gave it a try, which was more random than not with four of his nine selections from Clemson or Alabama.
He still has no interest in giving the Raiders 2019 draft class a B-plus or another letter quality. He believed that they were insane during his previous performance as NFL Media's prominent analyst draft. He doesn't think they belong near his draft class now.
"At the NFL network, they used to make me class draft, and I used to say it was unfair," Mayock said Friday. "I want to tell you what I think is an exciting draft. I will tell you what I think is interesting. But I would never even characterize when I was in the media because you will not know in a few years anyway … … everyone is excited about their drafts and it has to play. "
That's because teams choose the best players available on their draft board, generally on high-demand posts. Sorry always exists at the end of a draft when coveted players go earlier than preferred, but teams generally feel good about who they get.
They would distribute A's all around after a three-day selection process, but you won & # 39; t find letter grades. When draftniks go nuts over evaluation after draft, we can use some Mayock-ian terms to look at this Raiders class. And no, we won't mention oily hips here today.
Let's call it an exciting high floor draft that contains a good mix of character feathers with strong leadership competence. Some later elections have serious upside and Mayock's strong day 3 acquisitions. It's also pretty safe without a red flag.
It was done by design to facilitate the transition to Las Vegas and it is inherent temptation.
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Mayock told the truth Saturday that he is proud of the class he and Jon Gruden put together. Here are all nine choices:
Raiders 2019 draft class
1. (4) DE Clelin Ferrell
1 (24) RB Josh Jacobs
1. (27) S Johnathan Abram
2. (40) CB Trayvon Mullen
4. (106) DE Maxx Crosby
4. (129) CB Isaiah Johnson
4. (135) TE FosterMoreau
5. (149) WR Hunter Renfrow
7. (230) DE Quinton Bell
– Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) April 27, 2019
Let's hand out a few themes from the class to the selection:
The eyebrow tongue (in the first place)
Most surprised when Clelin Ferrell was taken on # 4 overall, count Clemson's defensive end in this crew. Doesn't make a bad choice, questioning Thursday's first round does not mean it was the wrong way to go. The logic took a second to process. e Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams. Couldn't get them. Ferrell was up next time and they made the selection. It left some questioning the total value at # 4. They did not question the player much. It's hard to do. Ferrell could be an excellent passport driver right away.
Obviously, he is a hard worker and squeaky clean prospects, which must be a solid leader in the closet. He was incredibly productive in college, and Raiders took the best 4-3 defensive end they could get on the spot where they could get him.
It is easy to say that they should have acted, but you must have a dance partner, and then you run the risk that Ferrell will not be there in your new place. They felt secure with the selection to get a pro pro who knows how to come after the quarterback.
"I heard a quote, perhaps after Clelin was taken, to be a safe setup in the fairway," said hunter Renfrow, Ferrell teammate by clemson "You don't have to drive a good drive or have to do all this but if you just hit a smooth iron or what is not in the middle of the fairway, that's what Clelin is. He goes as easily as it gets. You get a leader who is a really good player for one, but so good For a player he is, he is a better person out of the field. I want all the teams I have been on and the teams that succeeded have the right people first, if you can get it and people who invested and committed and ready to do their work and worry about their teammates, and do not want to drop them on Sunday, then you get what it takes, and Clelin are all those things. "
It's hard to argue with the value base of many other choices that seemed to fit in with Raiders' schemes and offerings value where they were selected.
Raiders wanted a leader in the secondary, and enforcers who could be a tone-set in a defensive backfield become younger by the draft. Gruden gave Abram No. 24 a message that he would have great demands on Mississippi State alum. He made a good first impression on Friday at his introductory press conference and had to compete for an important role right away in the security team.
Raidersne also added cornerbacks Trayvon Mullen (Clemson) and Isaiah Johnson (Houston), boys who are long, long athletic former recipients who understand routes and can make games on the ball. Both men need some spice, but they will push to play opposite Gareon Conley in the long run. Daryl Worley and Nevin Lawson will see significant snaps, but young players should be part of the team's long-term plan if they move on.
"They are perfect in what we do. We are a press corner team," Mayock said. "Jim O & # 39; Neil, our defensive back coach, was as happy as I have ever seen him. Now we have some long press corners to join Gareon, Worley and all our guys."
Pressure Pack  Raiders only had 13 bags as a team last year with a sharp weakness that created pressure from the edge. They did not take a position on the position much in the free agency – the price was soaring after so many top rushers were franchised – but added three defensive ends to the draft. Ferrell would expect to be a three-down player, and Crosby will push Arden Key to play time in passing situations.
Crosby has great speed and energy from the edge and can be an excellent player if he gets strength and a little emphasis on matching this Raiders chart.
Raiders feel better about where they are after the draft, with a frontline player and some development opportunities that could pay dividends.
Raiders snagged defensive than Quinton Bell in the seventh round, a freak athlete with only one year's experience. He was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and Raiders was on his day, where he was fantastic. He ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash there at 240 pounds. He is raw as a passport rusher after three college seasons as a recipient, but he could be an excellent workout graduate who develops into a legitimate NFL player with some strength and weight gain.
"Teddy Atlas, one of our scouts, kept bringing him up and bringing him up," Mayock said. "I earmarked him back in my mind after we saw his (proday) number as a late seventh round selector. There would have been 20 teams after him in the free office so we took him off the table instead."
Alabama typically carries the backs. It didn't happen to Josh Jacobs. He didn't have a ton carrier, but averaged 5.9 yards a day. Carry on 251 rushes in an effective college career.
He was not designed to play another violin. He will be the Raiders feature back in time and could be the primary back and a true three-down talent. Isaiah Crowell will help him out this year. It will also Jalen Richard. But Jacobs should be a featured player in Jon Gruden's offense and could have big numbers running and receiving.
Jacobs vows that he is ready for everything that works as a do-it-all player who can produce shocks.
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"I'm absolutely eager to prove not only to myself but to everyone that I can be a three-down back, "Jacobs said. "Yeah, I think it was a blessing how it played out. I feel that everything plays out how it should. Since I don't have that much on the tires or anything, I'm so healthy, I think it gets huge, especially for my position. It will be interesting. "