2017 Raiders Draft: Examining WR Talent

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JuJu Smith-Schuster WR, USC
Oct 8, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) is pursued by Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon (23) in the fourth quarter during a NCAA football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Colorado 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree give the Oakland Raiders both a legit and dangerous one-two combo at wide receiver. However, outside those two options, quarterback Derek Carr is without a premiere third option at wideout. Sure, Seth Roberts made some plays. Yet, adequate is not good enough. No worries.

There are a number of options in the upcoming draft, if Oakland were to choose to take one.

John Ross, Washington

Based on speed alone, Ross is an Al Davis pick. A slight 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, Ross is an ultimate lid breaker with his blazing wheels. “I just think he’s an edgy player. He’s competitive and shows it. You’ll take some attitude when a guy scores as many touchdowns as he does,” an NFC scout said of Ross.

Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington

At 6’2″ and with the production (117 catches for 1,700 yards with 17 touchdowns) to back it up, Kupp is the definition of slot specialist with reliable hands. “If he gets to a team with a good quarterback, watch out. In 2014, he handled both Marcus Peters and Sidney Jones when he took on Washington. Two first-round talents. You tell me if he’s going to be a starter,” noted an AFC scout.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC

Built at 6’1″ and 215 pounds, JuJu is a very physical receiver who tracks the ball well and has sound hands to boot. While he won’t separate and get open with speed, he can bully DBs. His physicality would add teeth to any receiving corps. For example:

 

Curtis Samuel, Ohio State

Yard after catch and deep speed are the 5’11”, 188-pound versatile athlete’s calling card. Route running needs work but speed cannot be denied. Can also carry rock as a running back. But, he’s a jack of all trades and a master of none.

Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

A pure slot receiver at 5’8″, 180 pounds. Has the shiftiness and elusiveness to wreak havoc underneath. Best served as a volume catcher than a breakaway guy. Although Switzer ranks higher on one or two boards, those in the know see him as a mid to late-round prospect. The Raiders seem intrigued with shifty slot receivers.

Damore’ea Stringfellow, Mississippi

Uses his size (6’2″, 212 pounds) to the max as he is a great high-pitched catcher with impressive body control. Long speed remains a question mark are as his hands which are inconsistent.

While the Raiders appear stacked at receiver, injuries and lack of production loom.

 


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