NFL Mock Draft 7.0: Giants, Patriots trade up; Redskins land defensive help
The Raiders have changed up their receiving corps a lot this offseason. They traded for Antonio Brown, signed Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson in free agency, and they cut Jordy Nelson who eventually retired. Though they have made sweeping changes, they may not be done yet.
With their third first-round pick, the Raiders could be tempted to take one of the best receivers left on the board. Jon Gruden may end up like Marquise Brown who, despite being undersized, has the burning speed that could make him a great threat, especially as a No. 2 or slot option.
I recently ranked Brown as the fourth option on my wide receiver big board. I gave the following analysis of his abilities and why he could end up sneaking into the end of the first round.
"[Brown’s] skill set is reminiscent of T.Y. Hilton’s, and if he bulks up and becomes a strong route runner, he could emerge as a No. 1 receiver. Not many receivers in this class have that type of upside. And if Brown hadn’t got hurt and performed in the combine, I imagine he would have done a lot to improve his stock at that event. He’s just so explosive and if he can stay healthy, he could be a perfect speed threat who can be paired with a possession-based receiver."
Brown could end up finding a role as a slot receiver or as the Z in the Raiders’ offense. He has the speed needed to make plays downfield and if brought in motion, he could be really dangerous. Gruden may not be able to pass on him and could build a formidable receiving corps with the two Browns, Williams, and Nelson.