Former NFL Network host and draft guru Mike Mayock was hired in 2018 to be the general manager of the now-Las Vegas Raiders. Since then, Mayock has received heat by the media and fans alike for his past drafts.
But Las Vegas’ problems started long before Mayock.
The team didn’t have a first- or second-round pick in 2012 but has drafted 32 players in the first three rounds since 2013, including:
That’s nine players drafted by the Raiders who start for the team.
Not bad, right?
But that means a whopping 18 players drafted in the first three rounds are no longer with the team.
The years 2013 through 2017 were particularly rough for the Raiders, with only Carr still on the team out of 15 players drafted in the first three rounds.
By comparison, Tampa Bay has drafted 30 players in the first three rounds since 2013. Of that total, 11 players start, while 19 are still with the team.
The Raiders’ most successful draft since 2013? That would be 2018, when Las Vegas selected Jacobs, Abram, Mullen and fourth-rounder Crosby. Keep in mind, though, that Ferrell was the No. 4 overall pick, and Abram has played in only 16 of a possible 34 games due to injuries.
With the 2022 NFL draft still seven months away, Mayock and the Raiders have plenty of time to right the ship and make a playoff run. At this point, it looks like Las Vegas may need help along both sides of the line and at linebacker.
Here are three players to watch:
So far, Texas A&M OL Kenyon Green #55 has looked great in his transition from guard to right tackle.
His balance before and after contact is outstanding. Needs to clean things up in the run game but his pass pro has been great. Eager to see him vs. SEC schedule. pic.twitter.com/YGS93sPKr4
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) September 16, 2021
STRIP! SCOOP! AND SCORE!
Zach Harrison knocks the ball out, Haskell Garrett picks it up and takes it to the house!!! And Ohio State extends its lead over Minnesota to 31-21! pic.twitter.com/OEyS5cRWms
— WinGive (@WinGiveApp) September 3, 2021
2/19) First guy is mike backer Henry To'oto'o. Florida faced him at UT but now he's on a defense with a whole different talent level. Smart, fast and physical. Line let's him fly around and make plays. Watch him fit this gap on the right side. pic.twitter.com/IayXrSgHfN
— Jake Hitt (@jake_hitt06) September 18, 2021