The Oakland Raiders caught a break when Cody Parkey had his field goal blocked by former Raider Trayvon Hester in the Wild Card Round on Sunday night. With the Chicago Bears loss, the Raiders locked in the No. 24 overall pick next April, a selection that could have been a lot later in round one.
If the draft played out the way it is mocked here, and the Raiders take Quinnen Williams at No. 4 overall, they are still going to need to address the edge rusher spot in round one. That would mean they could go for a guy like Montez Sweat from Mississippi State with the No. 24 overall pick, the selection they got for former star defensive end Khalil Mack.
In Sweat, they would be getting a player who can flat out get after the quarterback, and who has the speed, and power to equate that fact at the next level. Mack was a once in a lifetime selection for Oakland, so they cannot go into the draft thinking he can be replaced by another in this class.
Last year, Oakland tabbed Arden Key in the third round, and he showed promise as a rookie. Teaming him with Sweat would give the Raiders two very young, very strong edge rusher, and with Williams and Maurice Hurst on the inside, all of a sudden the front four is one of the best in the division.