Thanks to the trade they made with the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, the Oakland Raiders will also have the No. 9 overall pick in next April’s NFL Draft if the season ended tomorrow. The Raiders should use their first of two top-10 picks on the edge rusher position, but adding an elite safety should be the way to go with pick No. 2.
Currently, the Raiders are trotting out guys like Reggie Nelson and Marcus Gilchrist at the safety position, and have completely turned away from 2016 first rounder Karl Joseph. That has left the position as a whole as a big liability, and one that should be addressed with the selection they got from the Cowboys.
When it comes to the safeties entering the 2019 NFL Draft, Alabama’s Deionte Thompson has to be considered the cream of the crop. Thompson is a guy who can not only make the right play in coverage, but also come up and make the big hits, which is something this Raiders team has been missing from the safety position for some time.
It is clear the Raiders are in a full rebuild, so Jon Gruden and company better hit on all three of their first round picks next year. They traded away not only Cooper, but also Khalil Mack to get this extra draft capital, and best case scenario would be getting two players of their caliber back in return, which is a tough thing to do.