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2019 NFL Draft rumors: Raiders are expected to plan to make a surprising choice at No. 4

Last week, Raiders all sent their scouts home in an attempt to protect their draft plans from a leak . While Raider's plans are still completely unknown – with three first rounds they could really go in a number of different directions – it sounds like they are planning something completely unexpected for the NFL's 2019 draft. On Monday, the NFL network reported Ian Rapoport to "Raiders are watching … some sort of surprise choice at No. 4 that would require absolute secret." "That's what I understand: a pick at No. 4 that we don't expect," he said. "So what it really is, I don't know." Rapoport continued to propose a few ideas, for example Raiders who took line-maker Devin White, quarterback Dwayne Haskins or Kyler Murray, or an offensive line man with fourth overall choice, all of whom would surely be varying degrees of surprises. "It's a choice that should surprise us four," repeated Rapoport It's really not surprising to hear that Raiders will surprise us on Thursday, as well as holding a ton of draft ammunition due to their decision to trade both Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper last season, the raids will also come into the draft With a large number of needs, it gives them the luxury of being flexible, and it also puts even greater pressure on their picks. They need a new long-term quarterback Take with you to Las Vegas After losing Jared Cook in the free agency, the tight end is an immediate…

Last week, Raiders all sent their scouts home in an attempt to protect their draft plans from a leak . While Raider’s plans are still completely unknown – with three first rounds they could really go in a number of different directions – it sounds like they are planning something completely unexpected for the NFL’s 2019 draft.

On Monday, the NFL network reported Ian Rapoport to “Raiders are watching … some sort of surprise choice at No. 4 that would require absolute secret.”

“That’s what I understand: a pick at No. 4 that we don’t expect,” he said. “So what it really is, I don’t know.”

Rapoport continued to propose a few ideas, for example Raiders who took line-maker Devin White, quarterback Dwayne Haskins or Kyler Murray, or an offensive line man with fourth overall choice, all of whom would surely be varying degrees of surprises.

“It’s a choice that should surprise us four,” repeated Rapoport

It’s really not surprising to hear that Raiders will surprise us on Thursday, as well as holding a ton of draft ammunition due to their decision to trade both Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper last season, the raids will also come into the draft With a large number of needs, it gives them the luxury of being flexible, and it also puts even greater pressure on their picks.

They need a new long-term quarterback Take with you to Las Vegas After losing Jared Cook in the free agency, the tight end is an immediate need. The offensive line can be strengthened. A springback can be in play in the first round. Passport speed is still a concern, as are almost all other areas of defense. Raiders is a bad football team with lots of draft picks, a Jon Gruden coach who is not afraid to make bold moves and a first-time general manager of Mike Mayock. And so, Raiders are both the most important and mysterious team in this year’s draft.

Rapoport already mentioned some potential surprises, but the one I floated last week remains at the top of my list. What if Raiders decide they want to take Murray and then make a cardinal trade to move to the top of the table? It may explain why Raiders are so worried about their plans leaking. Should Raiders fail to complete a deal with the Cardinals, they would not want the current quarterback Derek Carr find out they were actively trying to replace him. Then the Raiders cleaned the room and made sure that the scouts &#821

1; remnants of the former regime that are not expected to continue working with the team after the draft – cannot leak their plans.

Maybe Raiders should just try to move up a spot to No. 3 for a non-Murray player. The Jets are interested in trading down from the third overall pick and Raiders love defensive ruler Ed Oliver, according to The Athletics Connor Hughes. Maybe Raiders will stay at No. 4 and make Oliver their choice even with someone crossing Russia’s Josh Allen available.

In his seven-year suede, Ryan Wilson explored another possible surprise choice at no. 4: Rashan Gary, defensive linear from Michigan, instead of Quinnen Williams.

Stick with us here. Gary busted out a 4.58 40 in combining, confirming his status as a freakish athlete among some of the most freakishly athletic actors on the planet. Yes, it would be difficult for Raiders to pass on Quinnen Williams here, but in terms of height / weight / speed, Gary checks all boxes. He can play anywhere on the defensive line, but his speed as an edge rusher could make him unbeatable at the next level.

There is no way to know for sure what the Raiders are planning. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait long to find out. The first round starts on Thursday.

Throughout the draft we will get you live coverage here at CBS Sports HQ, where we analyze all the picks. You can also download the CBS Sports app for free on a mobile or connected TV device.

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