The Las Vegas Raiders are among the teams in the NFL that are heading into the 2020 NFL Draft with multiple first-round selections. As the team relocates to a new city next season, the Raiders should take Jerry Jeudy with the No. 12 pick in the NFL Draft.
Last offseason, the Raiders thought they hit the jackpot when they made a blockbuster trade to acquire Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the Raiders quickly found out why the Steelers were willing to part ways with him for just a third and fifth-round pick.
After a failed relationship with Brown, Las Vegas is in the market to add another receiver to the offense. At the least, the Raiders did receive a good bit of production from Tyrell Williams; who they signed in free agency last offseason.
In addition, Darren Waller emerged as a viable target at tight end in 2019. However, even with the emergence of Waller and Williams, Las Vegas is undoubtedly looking to add some more weapons to the team’s aerial attack.
Fortunately for the Raiders, this year’s draft is littered with talented wide receiver prospects. Due to his production in college, Jeudy is regarded by many as the most surefire receiver in this year’s draft.
When watching Jeudy, it’s immediately evident that he is a route-running tactician. In light of that, creating separation from defenders at the next level shouldn’t be an issue for Jeudy.
Over his last two seasons at Alabama, Jeudy perfected his craft and developed into a well-rounded receiver. The Florida native notched 145 receptions, 2,478 yards, and 24 touchdowns in his final two seasons at Alabama.
At 6-foot-1, 193 pounds, Jeudy was able to run a 4.45 40-yard dash at this year’s NFL Combine. Also, besides his otherwordly route-running ability, Jeudy has strong hands at the point of attack. Regardless of who is under center for the Raiders next season, Jeudy would be a valuable weapon in the offense.
There’s no doubt that Jon Gruden would be ecstatic to add a receiver like Jeudy to the offense. However, Las Vegas has to hope that Jeudy is still on the board by the time they are on the clock.
Despite having needs at other positions as well, the Raiders aren’t going to find a safer pick than Jeudy. Of course, Las Vegas also possesses the No. 19 pick and could address another need on the roster.
Besides Williams, the Raiders lack consistent production at the wide receiver position. With that being said, Las Vegas shouldn’t overthink it and just select Jeudy with the No. 12 pick in the first round. When it’s all said and done, Jeudy could be the best receiver that came from the 2020 NFL Draft.