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How the Raiders Can Draft a Star Receiver Outside the First Round

Jason Schandl
The Raiders could make a trade to land a star receiver outside  the first round in the NFL Draft.
The Raiders could make a trade to land a star receiver outside the first round in the NFL Draft. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
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It's no secret that the Las Vegas Raiders need wide receiver help, and that has them generally projected to be pulling the trigger on either CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy with the No. 12 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

They're picking behind another WR-needy team in the New York Jets, though, and reports have emerged that the Denver Broncos may be trading up for a wideout. That means the two top options may not be available for Vegas at 12. Instead of reaching for Henry Ruggs III, here's how they could get better value on a potential star receiver in the second round.

The Raiders are flush with draft capital, and that extends beyond their pair of first-round picks. Vegas is also set to select three times in Round 3 (No. 80, 81 and 91), and that gives the team the kind of ammunition it would need to trade up into the second round, where the Raiders don't currently own a pick.

The second round could also be the sweet spot for wide receiver value this year. Outside of Jeudy, Lamb and (to a lesser extent) Ruggs, the group of top wideouts is fairly nebulous. There is a ton of talent, but there are a ton of players with similar outlooks, which means that there are going to be some steals to be had toward the back-end.

Players like Baylor's Denzel Mims, TCU's Jalen Reagor, LSU's Justin Jefferson and Clemson's Tee Higgins all have the potential to be stars.

Raiders fans would surely be disappointed to come away without Lamb or Jeudy in Round 1, but if those two are both off the board by 12, moving up to the second round to grab a discounted potential star could prove to be a very wise move.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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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