Las Vegas Raiders review: Hunter Renfrow

When wide receiver Hunter Renfrow was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Las Vegas Raiders, expectations were probably low at best.

While he’d had a productive career at Clemson University, we didn’t think he’d be an exciting pro, but oh how wrong those thoughts were.

Renfrow had a massive breakthrough in 2021, going from a dependable lunge receiver and third gun to the Raiders’ go-to option and one of the NFL’s best road runners.

This was necessary, because after the team released wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, there was a hole at the top of the Raiders’ receiving depth chart that needed to be filled.

renfrow was able to do that and more, finishing with 103 catches for 1,038 yards and nine touchdowns.

He became the third Raider player to have 100 or more receptions in a season, joining teammate Darren Waller and Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown.

In the big moments, there was no doubt who quarterback Derek Carr was going to go with the football.

Renfrow’s reception total was top 10 in the league, and his immaculate ability to shake up defenders on the roads made national hits and led to a ton of yards after catch.

Perhaps most impressive was his consistency, as Renfrow finished with an 80.5% catch rate.

Renfrow had just three drops all season on 128 targets, a big reason the Raiders quarterbacks had a 120.6 rating looking his way.

As a late round pick, Renfrow has already given the Raiders incredible value and plans to do so in the future.

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