I enter the 2019 #NFLUKMOCK for the third years as the GM for the Oakland Raiders. Last year’s #nflukmock draft class turned out pretty well for me as my 2 first round picks performed well for their real life teams, – I traded back in for a second pick – Darron Payne and Tremaine Edmunds would have made great Raiders and looked good in the Black and Gold. In fact imagine that world for a moment, a D with Mack, Payne and Edmunds in the front seven!
Also selected were corners Isaac Yiadom and JC Jackson, While Yiadom had plenty of snaps for the Broncos and played injured he looks to have some learning to do in his second year, on the plus side I got him in the 6th where in real life he was a 3rd. JC Jackson my 5th round corner, though bullied a little by quality quarterbacks in the playoffs became a starter in the Patriots secondary. My third round tight end Mark Andrews appears another quality pick and I still have high hopes for Micah Kiser and Joseph Noteboom both of whom may end up starters for the Rams in 2019 replacing Mark Barron and Roger Saffold. I am pleased with my 2018 class.
On to real life 2019 and there have been so many changes in Oakland. Mack and Cooper have moved on and I find myself with 3 first round picks and an early second with which to build a roster. I could get 3 real game changing starters with those picks but there are so many holes on a depleted roster. Priorities appear to be at tight end, running back, D end, linebacker and corner, with some help brought in through free agency at tackle and receiver, my work is cut out for me.
Lesser known second year players like tackle Brandon Parker, running back Chris Warren, receiver Marcel Ateman, D –tackle PJ Hall, corner Nick Nelson and linebacker Jason Cabinda have quietly looked like they could be starters for the Raiders, along with more household names like Maurice Hurst and Arden Key, if they can offer what some suspect they can they could make all the difference in building a decent team for 2019.
My first move as Raiders GM however takes place now, more than a month before the draft, I’m firing the awful offensive line coach Tom Cable before last year’s first rounder Kolton Miller is completely ruined, his offensive lines offer about as much protection as Alan Partridge playing left guard!
Bring on the draft!