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3 Players the Raiders Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Pick

Devon Platana
3 Players the Raiders Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Pick
3 Players the Raiders Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Pick / Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
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Since making it to the Super Bowl in 2002, the Las Vegas Raiders have only made it back to the playoffs once since. Things didn't get much better last season, finishing 2020 with an 8-8 record.

While the Raiders have made some offseason moves so far, their next chance to bolster the roster comes at the 2021 NFL Draft. Las Vegas has the No. 17 pick in the first round and can't afford to make a bad decision with it.

Here's a look at three players that the Raiders should avoid using the No. 17 pick on.

1. Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

Elijah Moore, Greg Brooks Jr.
Mississippi v Arkansas / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

While it can be exciting and enticing when a highly-touted wide receiver is available for you in the draft, the Raiders can't afford to draft Elijah Moore in the first round. While Moore impressed with 1,193 yards and 8 touchdowns at Ole Miss last season, the Raiders need to address pretty much every defensive position. Moore could be one of the more talented players available when the Raiders are on the clock, but that doesn't mean he's the best fit.

2. Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

Trevon Moehrig, George Campbell
Trevon Moehrig is one of the top players at his position in the 2021 NFL Draft. / Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

While the Raiders' defense needs help all over, cornerback and defensive line seem to be the more pressing areas of need. There's a chance a guy like cornerback Jaycee Horn could be available at No. 17, who has the potential to be a true lockdown guy on the outside in the NFL, which provides more value than safety in the modern NFL. With two picks in the third round, the Raiders could use one of those picks to address safety, but grabbing a corner, or someone like Micah Parsons, who could be terrorizing up front, is probably a more prudent way to spend their first-round pick.

3. Teven Jenkins, OL, Oklahoma State

Teven Jenkins
Teven Jenkins against Boise State. / Brett Deering/Getty Images

Teven Jenkins has been a beast for Oklahoma State over the last three season. According to PFF, he's only allowed two sacks over that timespan. Jenkins is also a 2020 First-team All-Big 12 player. However, this draft is extremely deep for offensive lineman and if the Raiders want to address that, they can in a later round. Their primary need in the first round should be improving their defensive line or secondary in some capacity.


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