The Cardinals hope they found their next all-pro cornerback with the selection of Jaycee Horn at 16. The athletic, physical DB will try to fill Patrick Peterson’s shoes and should fit well in Vance Joseph’s scheme. This is Arizona’s second defensive first-round pick in a row after they selected Isaiah Simmons from Clemson in 2020. Together, they hope these two can grow to form a fearsome defense to accompany Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins on offense.
The Raiders are up next at 17 and are in need of offensive line help. It would not be a surprise to see the Raiders trade up in this draft if the board falls this way, as the top tackles are already gone. The Raiders traded away three of their starting linemen this offseason in Rodney Hudson, Trent Brown, and Gabe Jackson. They will be desperate to add some beef upfront to protect Derek Carr and give Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake room to operate. On the other side of the ball, the Raiders could still use a dominant edge rusher to replace Khalil Mack’s production. Maxx Crosby has been great, but Clelin Ferrell may be limited as a pass rusher. Because defensive coordinator Gus Bradley likes to bring pressure with just 4 guys, it won’t be a surprise to see Vegas try to add to their defensive line here. Let’s check out the previous picks before running down the Raiders’ options.
- Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
- New York Jets - Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
- San Francisco 49ers - Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
- Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
- Cincinnati Bengals - Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
- Miami Dolphins - Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
- Detroit Lions - DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
- Carolina Panthers - Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
- Denver Broncos - Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
- Dallas Cowboys - Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama
- New York Giants - Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
- Philadelphia Eagles - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
- Los Angeles Chargers - Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
- Minnesota Vikings - Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
- New England Patriots - Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
- Arizona Cardinals - Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
What are the Raiders’ best options at 17?
Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
Think Rashan Gary 2.0. Paye is almost as impressive an athlete as Gary was coming out in 2019, though Paye is a bit smaller at 6-foot-2-½ and 261 pounds to Gary’s 6-foot-4, 277-pound frame. Still, the two players share similarities in that they both had production that did not quite live up to their pro projections, with Paye’s 2020 limited to four games by injury and the COVID pandemic. Still, Paye averaged one TFL per game over his last two seasons and posted 8.5 sacks in his last 16 games, and it’s not hard to imagine a team falling in love with his tools the way the Packers did with Gary.
Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
One of the most physically imposing edge defenders in this draft class, Phillips had a very good junior year in 2020 after sitting out 2019 following his transfer from UCLA to Miami. Phillips posted eight sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in the fall, then posted a very good workout at Miami’s Pro Day. However, Phillips’ big questions will be on the medical side, after missing most of his sophomore season to injuries, including multiple concussions. To make matters worse, Phillips missed the pre-draft medical re-checks in Indianapolis due to a positive COVID test.
Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
A 4 year starter at Oklahoma State, Jenkins was first-team All-Big 12 in 2020. He has experience at both tackle spots as well as a few starts at guard in his time at OSU. He has great football instincts and all the tools to succeed at the next level. With excellent upper body power and the ability to truck his blockers in the run game, Jenkins can be an early starter. However, there are questions about his short arms translating to the league as longer linemen are able to take advantage of him at times. He will need to rely on his excellent instincts and athleticism to succeed at tackle in the NFL.
With the 17th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders select…
Who will the Raiders select with the 17th pick?
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