The Oakland Raiders second first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft will come due to their trade of Khalil Mack prior to the 2018 NFL season. Mack, a generational edge rusher, was traded to Chicago for their 2019 and 2020 first round picks, and with this pick, Oakland should try to address the hole left by trading him.
Last season, Oakland was historically bad at getting after the quarterback, and it caused their whole defense to struggle. In 2019, they have done a nice job addressing a lot of the holes on their defense, but not so much the edge rusher spot, so using a first rounder on the position group makes a lot of sense.
Enter Clelin Ferrell, who is one of the better pure rushers in this draft class, and could end up being an absolute steal for Oakland at No. 24 overall. The Raiders would instantly insert him into the starting lineup opposite of Arden Key, who was the team’s third round pick in 2018, and showed flashes as a rookie.
Oakland will be a better team than they were a year ago, and they seem to have found a gem in first-year general manager Mike Mayock. After winning four games last season, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Oakland doubles that total in 2019, and flirts with a shot at a Wild Card berth.