2019 NFL Mock Draft 8.0: Redskins land top quarterback, Raiders make surprise pick

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners finds running during the second half of the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 3, 2018 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech 51- 46. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners finds running during the second half of the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 3, 2018 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech 51- 46. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images) /
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JACKSONVILLE, FL – DECEMBER 30: Montez Sweat #9 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts after a tackle for loss against the Louisville Cardinals during the TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field on December 30, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bulldogs won 31-27. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL – DECEMBER 30: Montez Sweat #9 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts after a tackle for loss against the Louisville Cardinals during the TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field on December 30, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bulldogs won 31-27. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Montez Sweat. 24. player. 28. . Edge Rusher. Mississippi State

Montez Sweat is falling because of a medical issue revealed during testing at the combine. He’s definitely a top 10 player in this class, but he may not go in the first round because of that issue.

However, all it takes is for one team to clear Sweat medically and snag him. And the Raiders seem like the perfect candidate to do that. Just last year, they scooped up Maurice Hurst, who also was dealing with a heart condition, in the fifth round. Further back, they drafted D.J. Hayden in the first round despite the fact that he suffered a torn inferior vena cava in practice. So, they have a history of taking chances on players with medical risks.

It also helps that Sweat fills a massive need for the Raiders. Again, they only had 13 sacks last year and despite adding Ed Oliver, they need more pass rushing help. Sweat could be a double-digit sack artist in the NFL, so this would greatly improve the Raiders’ edge rush.

Other Raiders Draft Options

WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma. The Raiders could look to continue to add dynamic weapons to their offense, and they will probably have an interest in Marquise “Hollywood” Brown with one of their late first-round picks.

CB Greedy Williams, LSU. Williams could pique Jon Gruden’s interest, but he should be able to land either Rock Ya-Sin or Deandre Baker in Round 2.