The Raiders have tough choices after a solid 2020 NFL Draft
The Las Vegas Raiders are building something special with head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock. For the second consecutive off-season, the Raiders have added an abundance of talent. Mayock has also been very specific in the types of players he drafts. It is no secret how much he loves to bring in players from the Clemson pipeline, especially players deemed as “High character guys”. The 2020 NFL Draft was no different.
Coach Gruden has been adamant about having leaders on his roster, which is why it isn’t surprising that they brought in Jason Witten, a long time staple of the Dallas Cowboys locker room. Leadership is high on the Raiders’ wish list, evident by some of their draft picks that many would consider “reaches”.
The way the Raiders like to build is very clear. They like to eliminate a team weakness immediately by investing heavily in it in one off-season. In 2018, the Raiders were dead last in generating pressure, finishing with a league worst 13 sacks. They attacked this need by spending draft picks on edge rushers Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby.
After attacking more needs in 2020, the Raiders have some veterans that find themselves on the roster bubble during training camp. The Raiders are investing in young players, meaning that some veterans that have been key parts of their team during the second Gruden era could be cut come week one. Here are a few names to watch in July and August.