Mike Mayock Gives Eye-Opening Comments About Raiders’ Draft Picks

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With the 2020 NFL Draft wrapped up, the Las Vegas Raiders now have to figure out how to utilize all of their fancy new toys. The most exciting player the team added was Alabama’s Henry Ruggs. He has got blistering speed and gives Las Vegas the deep threat they’ve been longing for. There were a lot of strong candidates at wide receiver for the Raiders to take in the first round, but general manager Mike Mayock valued Ruggs above all because of his speed.

“At the end of the day, Jon [Gruden] felt strongly—and I agreed with him—that we needed a different element, especially in our division,” Mayock said on Movin’ the Chains. “When you’re playing Kansas City twice a year—and you saw what Denver did, what the Chargers did—when you’re in our division, speed rules. The whole league is chasing the Kansas City Chiefs right now, and we just felt like getting the guy who runs 4.25 [in the 40-yard dash] changes us.”

While CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy were great prospects, neither could match the speed that Ruggs will bring to the table. He also excels in a number of other ways. He may not have been the safest choice, but the Raiders clearly feel like he was the best fit for the team.

Raiders Had Differing Combine Time for Damon Arnette

The Raiders made the first big surprise of the draft when they took cornerback Damon Arnette in the first round. The biggest knock on him is that his 40-yard dash time wasn’t particularly strong for a cornerback. However, Mayock revealed that they clocked him faster than the official time at the Combine.

“The slowest time we had on him from our scouts was 4.43 at the combine,” Mayock said. “He plays that way to us. That didn’t surprise me at all… we’re looking for competitive kids and when you put the tape on I defy you to find a more competitive corner anywhere in the country.”

NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter has also said that Arnette’s Combine time wasn’t indicative of how fast he actually is. If his time was better, he may not have been considered as much of a reach in the first round. Regardless, Arnette will have to prove himself early on or the team will be questioned about the decision.

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Mayock Had 2nd Round Grade on Bryan Edwards

The Raiders weren’t done adding wide receivers after they took Ruggs. They also landed South Carolina’s Bryan Edwards in the third round.

“Edwards, we had a second-round grade on him,” Mayock said. “We just thought the value was too good at [81] … so we love the kid. Big body, strong, started over 40 games in the SEC, the number receiver in the history of South Carolina, who’s turned out some pretty good wideouts.”

Had it not been for some injury concerns, Edwards would’ve likely been gone by the second round. He was very productive in college and his style is the opposite of how Ruggs plays. The two should complement each other very well.

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