Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Trevon Moehrig was the Raiders No.43 pick out of the NFL Draft on Friday night he comes to the Raiders out of TCU (@CBSSportsHQ photo)
By Barbara Mason
One thing that I have learned is not to predict what the Raiders will do in just about any situation. The NFL draft has always been one of those venues. On rare occasions we can predict who this team will pick when it comes to the draft, but more often than not it remains a mystery until the final hour.
On Day Two the Las Vegas Raiders traded up to the 43rd pick. They traded with the San Francisco Forty Niners. With that pick they went with DE Trevon Moehrig out of TCU. This is a great pick, a pick that makes a lot of sense. It was surprising to see that Moehrig was still available at No. 43.
One reason could be the injury that he sustained while training which may have hurt his stock. MRI revealed some issues which were not stated but it clearly hurt his value but may have cleared the way for the Las Vegas pick at 43.
It was thought that the Dallas Cowboys might pull the trigger and trade up to get Moehrig who they were very high on but in the end it was Las Vegas who came away with this guy.
Moehrig comes in at 6’1” and 202 lbs. He can fill one of the things that the Raiders desperately need right now and that is at safety. He was one of the top safeties in 2019. This guy brings so many strengths which include the ability to read the quarterbacks intentions from deep safety, forceful strikes to dislodge catches and a talented ball tracker. He is a true leader who is football smart.
So now the Raiders have filled two glaring needs one at right tackle and the other at free safety. Their first two picks have taken care of those needs with a whole lot of draft to go.
In round three the Raiders had the 79th and 80th pick. Their pick at No. 79 was Malcolm Koonce defensive end out of Buffalo
At No. 80 the Raiders pick was Divine Deablo a safety out of Virginia Tech. This guy is 6’3” and 220 and he plays with urgency and he is speedy. The Raiders now have some great possibility in the secondary.
We are halfway there. Today was a great day for the Las Vegas Raiders with some very impressive picks. Tomorrow we will see who they will pick in rounds 4-7. Can they finish the way they finished today? The Raiders have four picks in the final day of the draft. They have picks 121, 162,167 and finally pick 200.
The draft will begin Saturday at 9:00 PT.