As is likely to attract help as dinky-to-no surprise, the absence of Khalil Mack unruffled looms super over the Oakland Raiders.
With Raiders coach Jon Gruden and his employees helming the North squad in nowadays’s Senior Bowl in Cell, Ala., sizing up likely draft additions to include the aforementioned pass-rushing void is paramount.
“Are we focused in on defensive ends at [the Senior Bowl]? Unnecessary to order,” Raiders frequent manager Mike Mayock said via NBC Sports Bay Location’s Scott Blair. “We would be boring if we weren’t. But we need slightly phenomenal all the pieces on protection. We’re each and each keep.”
Whereas Mack, who used to be traded by the Raiders sooner than the season, used to be off in Chicago helping the Bears to a NFC North championship, the Raiders went 4-12 with a horrendous pass bustle. In total, the Raiders had entirely 13 sacks. Mack had 12.5 all by his lonesome — and he missed two video games.
Even extra problematic, the Raiders’ leading sacker used to be defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, as Oakland’s rigidity off the edge used to be borderline non-existent.
“We have some guys who we’re staring at, guys who we’re moving around in the road,” Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said via Bay Location Sports. “Completely different physique of workers has some if truth be told inviting guys who may perhaps presumably presumably stride in the tip half of of the draft.”
Oakland has three first-round picks this spring. At the present, its focus is on the edge rushers in Alabama, which contains the North’s Charles Omenihu (Texas), Zach Allen (Boston College) and Jalen Jelks (Oregon) and the South’s Montez Sweat (Mississippi Declare), Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech) and Oshane Ximines (Broken-down Dominion).
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks’ mock draft has the Raiders taking edge rusher Rashan Gary, a junior out of Michigan, with the fourth-total rob.