The Las Vegas Raiders fought through a ton of adversity in the regular season in order to sneak their way into the playoffs. They battled until the final whistle before eventually falling to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Raiders' front office now heads into the offseason determined to upgrade this roster.
One way the Raiders can improve before kickoff next September is by making the right choice in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft. With that being said, here are three of the most likely draft targets for Las Vegas with the No. 22 overall pick.
Las Vegas Raiders NFL Draft
1. Kenyon Green, OL (Texas A&M)
The Raiders need to find a way to address their offensive line in the offseason. Quarterback Derek Carr was hit 40 times during the regular season, which tied for the 11th-highest mark in the NFL. Offensive lineman Kenyon Green can play multiple positions and has experience playing tough competition in the SEC. The Texas A&M standout is a two-time All-American and has the size (6-foot-4, 325 pounds) to match up against even the biggest defensive linemen. His ability to explode out of his stance makes it tough for opponents to get by him and into the backfield. Green has the skills to earn a starting spot in training camp.
2. Chris Olave, WR (Ohio State)
On the offensive side of the ball, Las Vegas lacks a down field threat after releasing Henry Ruggs back in early November. Hunter Renfrow remains Carr's go-to receiver in the flat, but adding Chris Olave to the mix would give the veteran QB a dynamic outside weapon. The 21-year-old racked up 2,702 yards and 35 touchdowns across three seasons at Ohio State (38 games). Olave also averaged an impressive 15.4 yards per reception and relies on his incredible burst to get by defenders at the line of scrimmage. He should have no trouble transitioning to the NFL and making an immediate impact.
3. Andrew Booth, CB (Clemson)
It's likely that the Raiders are going to attempt to bring back veteran cornerback Casey Heyward during free agency this offseason. However, drafting Andrew Booth could be another way to go if that doesn't work out. Las Vegas needs someone capable of shutting down receivers over the middle of the field. Booth broke up 5 passes this past fall to go along with 1 interception and 3 tackles for a loss. He has showcased exceptional ball awareness skills and regularly gets his arms up at the last second to deflect an incoming pass. Keep in kind the Raiders posted the 12th-worst pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL this year. Drafting Booth could be the first step in changing that.
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