During their bye week, the Oakland Raiders decided to shed more of the talent off their roster, as they traded away two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys. In exchange for Cooper, who is only 24-years old, the Raiders received the Cowboys 2019 first round draft pick, which would be the No. 12 overall pick if the season ended today.
With that pick, the Raiders have to get better at linebacker, especially if they decide to go with a defensive linemen early in the 2019 NFL Draft. One of the more impressive linebackers in college football this season has been Devin White, who is a big reason why the LSU Tigers are the No. 4 ranked team in the country right now.
With the Raiders, White would instantly become a starter in Paul Guenther’s 4-3 scheme, as their whole linebacker group is either inexperienced, too old, or just underachieving. They may want to clean house for next season, and White is a guy who could lead the group over the next five seasons.
Oakland has a lot of work to do, but luckily for them, they have a lot of draft capital in 2019. The smart money is on them spending all three of their first round picks on the defense next year, because the offense looked very good on Sunday, and if they keep Derek Carr, they will have the franchise quarterback they need to lead the team over the next couple of seasons.