It's a new year with the same problems for the Las Vegas Raiders. Instead of competing for the franchise's first Super Bowl in nearly 40 years, a 6-11 record has the Raiders on the outside looking in when it comes to the NFL postseason for the 18th time in the last 20 seasons.
The one positive is that the Raiders' poor play has resulted in their holding the seventh overall pick at the 2023 NFL Draft. There's no doubt that there will be several players available at that spot that can help Las Vegas both in the present and future, meaning general manager Dave Ziegler can't afford to miss with this pick.
Here are the three most like draft targets for the Raiders with the seventh overall pick.
Raiders Draft Rumors
1. Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
With all signs pointing to the Derek Carr era coming to a close, the Raiders need to find their quarterback of the future. Fortunately, the 2023 draft is filled with promising arms, including Kentucky's Will Levis. The Newton, MA native has looked great since joining the Wildcats in 2021, tallying 5,876 passing yards with 46 touchdowns to 25 interceptions in 14 games. He also hasn't shied away from moving his feet, scoring 11 rushing TDs in that span. Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels likely wants a QB to mould into his vision and Levis would be the perfect candidate. With weapons like Davante Adams, Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs (if he's re-signed) around him, Levis could be something special in Vegas.
2. Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
An underperforming offensive line was one of the key reasons behind the Raiders' struggles. Ziegler didn't like the unit he inherited, evident by his releasing 2021 first-round pick Alex Leatherwood before the season began. That's why I wouldn't be shocked if Las Vegas selected Peter Skoronski with the No. 7 pick. Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 315 pounds, the Northwestern offensive tackle has great hands and feet for a man of his size. Not only can Skoronski protect whoever is under center, but he's also proficient at clearing paths in the run game. Scouts and experts alike are labelling him as an instant starter, which is exactly what the Raiders need if they want to return to the playoffs next season. He's also versatile, having the ability to play guard if needed.
3. Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
Not only is Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. one of the best at his position in the class, but he's also exactly what the Raiders need. Las Vegas' secondary was horrendous in 2022, allowing 242.9 passing yards (No. 29) on 23.5 completions per game (No. 27). A first-team All-Big Ten defender, Porter's presence would lead to some major improvements. He recorded the third-most broken-up passes (11) in the conference this season while opposing QBs only had a 63.6 rating when targeting him. He also has excellent speed and football IQ that'll help him transition to the NFL without much issue. Assuming he can live up to the hype, opposing teams would have to think twice before passing against the Raiders.
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