Oakland Raiders were gearing up for their 50th season in the National Football League (NFL). They stood sixteenth in the American Football Conference (AFC) with just four wins in the season before. Seeking significant improvement for the 2019 season, Oakland Raiders came into the 2019 NFL draft and picked nine players in all- of which six players were on the defence, while three on the offence.
Here is the list of players picked by the Raiders in the 2019 draft-
First Round (No. 4 Overall) – Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
First Round (No. 27 Overall) – Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
Second Round (No. 40 Overall) – Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
Fourth Round (No.106 Overall) – Maxx Crosby, DE, Eastern Michigan
Fourth Round (No. 129 Overall) – Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston
Fourth Round (No. 137 Overall) – Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
Fifth Round (No. 149 Overall) – Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson
Seventh Round (No. 230 Overall) – Quinton Bell, DE, Prairie View A&M
The 2019 NFL Draft was the 84th meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible players was held on April 25–27 in Nashville, Tennessee. The first round was held on April 25, followed by the second and third rounds on April 26, and the rounds 4–7 on April 27.
The 2019 edition of the draft saw a record-high 40 trades were made during this draft, becoming the most ever in NFL Draft history, surpassing the 37 that were made in 2017. It also broke the viewership records with more than 600,000 people in attendance in the streets of Nashville, and 47.5 million viewers watching at home.
Though the Raiders picked 11 players in the 2019 Draft, their biggest addition was that of Antonio Brown, who was traded from Pittsburgh Steelers. However, Brown remained a controversial figure throughout his stay in Oakland. He initially refused to attend practice sessions. Later, he criticised the league for mandating new helmets, and even threatened to retire over the issue. He was then involved in a rift with the club’s staff, before eventually making a move to New England Patriots without featuring in a single game for the Raiders.