Raiders affirm unprecedented drafting ineptitude with newest roster transfer
With the discharge of Jonathan Abram, the Las Vegas Raiders formally accomplished a stretch of traditionally unhealthy drafting.
From 2019-21, the Las Vegas Raiders picked a number of of what they thought on the time had been franchise-changing high quality faculty soccer gamers.
They had been high quality gamers, once more, for the faculty stage. Nonetheless, within the execs, it was a distinct sport, and now, with the discharge of security Jonathan Abram, the 5 key gamers from the 2019-2021 drafts for the Raiders are both off the workforce or not receiving a second contract.
#Raiders first-round picks from 2019-2021:
2021: Alex Leatherwood: Lower
2020: Henry Ruggs III: Lower
2020: Damon Arnette: Lower
2019: Johnathan Abram: Lower
2019: Josh Jacobs: fifth 12 months declined.
2019: Clelin Ferrell: fifth 12 months declined.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 8, 2022
2019 was unhealthy. The membership chosen defensive finish Clelin Ferrell 4th total, one spot forward of linebacker Devin White. Whereas White has been dreadful just lately, he’s nonetheless an excellent participant and made a game-sealing interception within the Tremendous Bowl, serving to out a man named Brady.
The brand new two picks had been courtesy of trades with the Bears and Cowboys for Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. The Raiders selected working again Josh Jacobs and Abram. Jacobs had his moments, however he’s plateaued.
2020 was past scary—vast receiver Henry Ruggs III and cornerback Damon Arnette. The previous is in jail. The latter? Who is aware of the place he’s now? Lengthy story quick, ouch. 2021 was not as terrifying a blow, however an enormous mistake in offensive sort out Alex Leatherwood. The best concept to guard your quarterback and get him assist, however the incorrect participant on the incorrect time. Now, Leatherwood is making an attempt to work his means with Chicago.
The Las Vegas Raiders had a horrifically unhealthy stretch of drafts
What’s the widespread denominator? Should you research intently, most of those guys got here from Alabama. One Clemson, One Ohio State, after which Mississippi State. All got here from outstanding faculty applications and had been anticipated to deliver that stage of success to the Raiders. It didn’t work out. The Raiders additionally drafted Trayvon Mullen out of Clemson in 2019, however he’s been shipped off to Arizona for a late decide.
There’s purpose to consider that former head coach Jon Gruden and former basic supervisor Mike Mayock had a fetish for Alabama and Clemson gamers throughout their tenures. On the intense aspect, that fetish was justified as a result of there have been causes to be optimistic.
That’s not like the fetish that Rex Ryan has. Whoops, can’t say that. Would possibly as nicely put a foot within the mouth for doing that.
However again to the story. The Raiders screwed the pooch many instances, and even with the brand new regime, it’s not wanting good. The silver of the silver and black is dulling with every incorrect determination, and at this level, it would take a miracle to wash up this mess.