The NFL did that last year in Philadelphia with its most memorable draft to date.
He can play off the ball or on the line if need be. He has the ability to run to the football and make plays. He will be a three-down player. The Raiders could certainly use one of those kind of players.
DB, Alabama Safety might not be an area of need, but if the incredibly versatile Fitzpatrick somehow falls to No. 10 — something I don’t think will happen — the Raiders need to consider pulling the trigger on a player who will transform their defense. Fitzpatrick isn’t ranked No. 1 because of the Raiders’ glaring needs, but he should still be considered if he drops. That’s how good of a prospect he is.
Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama OK, but if the Raiders do find a willing trade partner, they could trade back a few spots and fix their defensive tackle problem with Payne, who might be a reach at No. 10, but would definitely be worth it in the teens.
Zierlein even compared him to Ndamukong Suh — you know, the superstar defensive tackle who was supposed to visit Oakland in free agency, but ended up skipping his visit before signing with the Rams. In this scenario, the Raiders trade down to get some more picks and then grab Payne. 7. Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan Pretty much the same scenario with a different player. Taking Hurst at No. 10 might be a reach, but he’d be good value in the early 20s. Payne is probably the better player, so Hurst is better suited for a scenario that sees the Raiders either trading back twice or trading down farther than expected.
O’Reilly told co-host Gil Brandt and me Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. The league’s first draft held outdoors was a smashing success; the three-day crowd of 250,000 not only provided a far more spirited environment than the sterile theater-style setting at which the event was held in New York City and Chicago from 1965 to 2016.
It also unfolded with surprising efficiency and order. No arrests were reported amid the fan frivolity. Maybe Cheap Basketball Jerseys the NFL would have returned to Philly in 2018 had it known the Cheap Authentic Jerseys Eagles would win their first Super Bowl last season.