Holding eight selections in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders have quite a few holes on their roster that they need to fill. Needing to address their offensive line and defensive secondary the most, general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden will have their hands full.
This was a strange offseason for the Raiders, as they set out to disassemble their starting OL, having sent tackle Gabe Jackson to the Seattle Seahawks, center Rodney Hudson to the Arizona Cardinals, and tackle Trent Brown to the New England Patriots. With this going from one of their strongest to one of their weakest roster areas, the front office will likely look to address it early and often over the seven rounds.
With that and other needs in mind, here are three perfect options for the Raiders in the first round, sitting at 17th overall.
Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
With Damon Arnette and Trayvon Mullen looking like two of the better cornerback options that are on the Raiders roster, they desperately need a solid CB option–which is what makes South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn such an important addition if he is still on the board at 17.
The 6-foot-1 junior was a mainstay for the Gamecock defense, manning the boundary and helping shut down opposing wide receivers with his physicality and ball skills. While his physicality may translate into being a little flag-happy early in his career, Horn profiles right alongside the likes of both Patrick Surtain II and Caleb Farley for the cream of the CB crop.