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3 First-Round Picks the Raiders Should Target in the 2020 NFL Draft

Tristan Jung
Head coach Jon Gruden will have tough decisions to make in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Head coach Jon Gruden will have tough decisions to make in the 2020 NFL Draft. / Harry How/Getty Images
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Barring a miracle on Sunday, the Oakland Raiders will miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Ahead of their first season in Las Vegas, they will have two first-round picks in the 14-18 range for the 2020 NFL Draft — their original pick and one acquired from the Chicago Bears in the Khalil Mack trade.

It's a good thing they have two first-rounders, because they have plenty of holes to fill on their roster. The Raiders' leading receiver, Hunter Renfrow, has caught just 43 passes this season. Their abysmal defense (31st in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric) could also use significant help. Oakland had a decent defensive line in 2019, but every position on the defense could use more depth.

With that in mind, here are three prospects the Raiders should target in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.

1. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Tee Higgins makes a catch against Virginia.
Tee Higgins makes a catch against Virginia. / Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Oakland would be wise to take the best wide receiver on the board on draft night. With Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb likely to be gone by the 14th pick, Oakland could turn to Tee Higgins, who was Pro Football Focus' highest-rated wide receiver in college football in 2019. Thus far, Higgins has caught 52 passes for 1,082 yards and 13 touchdowns for Clemson. An all-around receiver with size and speed, Higgins would be an instant upgrade for Oakland.

2. Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

Kenneth Murray prepares for a game against Texas Tech.
Kenneth Murray prepares for a game against Texas Tech. / Brett Deering/Getty Images

Kenneth Murray is the No. 1 linebacker on plenty of draft boards this year, which makes him a solid option for a Raiders team that desperately needs stability at the position. Murray is coming off two brilliant seasons at Oklahoma. Even though the rest of the Sooners' defense had some issues, Murray had 71 solo tackles in 14 games in 2018. He repeated those numbers in 2019, totaling 65 solo tackles in 13 games. Murray would be a great addition to the Raiders' struggling defense.

3. Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina

Javon Kinlaw is honored before a game against Appalachian State.
Javon Kinlaw is honored before a game against Appalachian State. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Javon Kinlaw is one of the best athletes at his position, and his addition would help solidify the Raiders' defensive line into an even stronger unit. The Raiders' pass rush improved this year, but they jumped from dead-last in 2018 to a still-underwhelming 26th in sacks in 2019. Kinlaw is an excellent run-stuffer who also tallied 6 sacks for South Carolina in 2019.


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Tristan Jung is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Tristan Jung also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username tristan1117. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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