Raiders Offseason Recap

by The_LamparT | 4 months ago | 0 Comments |

Raiders went into the offseason with many holes still in their team, but had 2 main aspects they felt they had to address. Those 2 things were suring up the pass defense and finding a running back of the future, and they did both. Starting in free agency, they were extremly agressive and put bids in for William Jackson, Earl Thomas, Malcolm Jenkins and DJ Swearinger. They were only able to get 1 of them, but it was one of the top guys on their board in DJ Swearinger. He can do a bit of everything, he can cover man and zone and hits as hard as anyone in the league. Next they focused on running back. They went all in for a young power back named Kerryon Johnson. They ended up with him on a 4 year deal and he looks to help the raiders transition away from an air raid attack. They also added TE Devon Cajuste who is the fastest TE in the league. This is a good add to the passing game as Jared Cook is getting to the final years of his career. 

Entering the draft they wanted to fill specific holes more than taking BPA. Surprisingly, the number 1 guy on their board also fell to them at 16. Quan Holland a FS out of Auburn. He is one of the fastest safties in the league already and has the ability to play corner and saftey. 

Next pick they had at 24 they selected the best coverage linebacker in the draft in Shawn Beck. He is not the tallest or fastest but he completes the linebacking core that they started to build last draft. 

They did not have a 2nd round pick due to the Mack trade. but in the 3rd round they took a project center Lance Nienhuis that has much to improve on. 

With their second pick in round 3 the raiders selected 6 foot 1 flyer Griffen Meyer. They needed a wr and they ended up taking a project wr that has all the tools to be elite. He has already made great impressios with the coching staff.

In the 4th round they took a slow corner that has great coverage stats. Thomas Tate should be able to stick to corner for now but he is limited with his speed to only play slot corner. 

In the 6th round they took a FB to add to the power run game. 

In the 7th they added a 3rd string qb qho can run faster than he can throw the ball to end their draft. 

All in all the offseason was a sucsessful one. They had needs and they addressed them for sure. The defensive backs are much improved and they have a RB. It is going to be a tough season with how good the division is but the Raiders are ready for the challenge.