Raiders third-round possibilities, part one
After trading their first- and second-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft for wide receiver Davante Adams, the Las Vegas Raiders need to focus more on finding a diamond in the rough than top prospects.
That will start in the third round of the draft, pick No. 86, where the Raiders could still find a player who can help immediately this season.
The wide receiver might not seem like a big need now, but good offenses can never have too many options, and North Dakota State’s Christian Watson could be an intriguing target for the Raiders.
At 6-foot-5, 208 pounds with a sub-4.40 gear, Watson was able to be a downhill terror during his college career.
Watson averaged over 20 yards per catch twice and had 43 catches for 801 yards and seven touchdowns.
He’s a good road runner who will look to go as far as he can in every game and has experience throughout the lineup.
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Watson has struggled with drops, and tracking deep passes can be difficult for him at times.
His tools, however, suggest he could be a powerful deep threat in the NFL, with the size and speed to dominate any game.
Watson will need refinement, but on an offense as loaded as the Raidershe will have the luxury of not needing to be the main guy right away.
It takes a big offense to win in the NFL today, and Watson could be the piece that gives the Raiders an even bigger advantage to put them over the top.
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