4/26/19     By: Phillip Mueller
The Raiders had the 4th overall pick last night and drafted Clemson’s DE Clelin Ferrell, a player some projected to be a middle first round pick. The Raiders had the least amount of sacks in the league last season after trading Khalil Mack to the Bears a week before the season started. Ferrell is considered one the most a high character guys in this class. He was a red shirt his freshman year in due to a torn ACL sustained in high school. In his 3 years on the field, he did not miss a single game, and finished his Clemson career with 27 sacks with 11.5 of those coming in the 2018 National Championship run for Clemson. This may not be what Raiders fans want at the number 4 pick, but this may be what the team needs. He’s a good piece to help with sacks and a high character guy to collect the big pay check for a high first round pick. He shows no quit and had a good work ethic in college, and has a strong family with a military background. This type of behavior can be contagious in an NFL locker room. He was number #2 on the Raiders draft board 2nd to only Nick Bosa.
        With the 24th pick, the Raiders went offense. Following the recent retirement (again) of Marshawn Lynch, Oakland selected running back, Josh Jacobs form Alabama. He is tough player that played the majority of his sophomore year of college on a broken ankle. He was MVP of the SEC Championship game with 83 yards and 2 touchdowns. His work load at Alabama wasn’t too high, only running the ball 251 times for 1491 yards for a 5.9 yards per carry average. His final season he ran the ball 120 times for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jacobs can also catch the ball out of the backfield as he had 20 receptions for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jacobs should be another immediate impact player for the Raiders and another new weapon for Carr to utilize.
        The Raiders third and final pick of the first round, 27th overall, was safety, Johnathan Abram. He started off his career with the Georgia Bulldogs and transferred out his freshman year, eventually landing at Mississippi State He had an excellent senior season. In 13 games he had 53 solo tackles and 46 assisted tackles with 9 of those tackles being for a loss. Abram also had 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. He should be a good addition to a team the was the 3 worst when it came to stuffing the run.