With the Raiders in the market for a receiver, they were in position to choose the one they preferred most, as the consensus top three of CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III were all still on the board by the 12th pick.
They opted for the fastest, and they're not afraid to admit it. Al Davis would be proud to see Ruggs in silver and black.
"All three wide receivers we felt were diverse and would bring different things to the Raiders and I feel like Coach [Jon] Gruden and that offensive staff is so good they could have gotten the most out of all three of them," Raiders general manager Mike Mayock told reporters, per the team website. "However, the distinguishing factor really was his speed, his explosion and his work ethic."
Picking Ruggs was so Raiders, what with their long history of coveting quickness and the Alabama product recently clocking the best 40 at the combine (4.27). For longtime fans of the franchise, the hope is he's more Cliff Branch than Darrius Heyward-Bey.