Few NFL franchises have made more surprising first round picks over the last decade-plus than the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders took Darrius Heyward-Bey, a speedy wide receiver out of Maryland, with the No. 7 overall pick in 2009. That selection is, arguably, the most-surprising pick in recent NFL Draft history.
Is another stunning selection coming this year?
Ian Rapoport, an NFL Network insider, reported this afternoon that the Raiders’ pick could be a “big surprise.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 22, 2019
“That is what I understand. A pick at No. 4 that we are not expecting,” Rapoport said. “So what that actually is, I do not know. I have some thoughts. Maybe that’s Devin White. Maybe it’s a quarterback like Dwayne Haskins or Kyler Murray if he’s there. Maybe it’s an offensive lineman. No one has mocked them there — a tackle perhaps. But from what I understand it is a pick that should surprise us at 4.”
There’s a ton of information being put out in the days leading up to the NFL Draft – with some of it being true and some of it being misdirection – but it won’t be surprising if the Raiders shock the football community at No. 4.
We’ll find out for sure shortly.
The 2019 NFL Draft begins on Thursday at 8 p.m. E.T.