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The Oakland Raiders are reportedly planning on making a “surprise” selection with the fourth-overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft Thursday night.
On Friday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden had “sent their scouts home for the weekend and they are not expected to return by draft time,” and the “the belief is they don’t know who to trust and wanted to clear the room.”
Rapoport offered an explanation Monday for why the Raiders made this unconventional move just a week before the draft.
“From what I understand what the Raiders are looking at is some sort of surprise pick at No. 4 that would necessitate absolute secrecy,” Rapoport said on NFL Network. “That is what I understand. A pick at No. 4 that we are not expecting.”
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As for who the Raiders are planning on drafting? Rapoport says that part is still unclear, but fans should expect a “surprise.”
“So what that actually is, I do not know,” he said.” I have some thoughts. Maybe that’s Devin White. Maybe it’s a quarterback like Dwayne Haskins or Kyler Murray if he’s there. Maybe it’s an offensive lineman. No one has mocked them there— a tackle perhaps. But from what I understand it is a pick that should surprise us at four.”
The Raiders have met with quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray, but Gruden said a few weeks ago the Raiders are still committed to Derek Carr at the position. Linebacker Devin White would fill a need for the Raiders, but top-five selections have rarely been used on inside linebackers in recent years.
Oakland is armed with three first-round picks on account of the Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades, so the team will have ammunition to trade up if they want to do so, as well.
The first round of the NFL Draft begins Thursday night at 5 p.m.
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