The Las Vegas Raiders are set to add a variety of players with their draft picks in 2022. As they will essentially host the 2022 NFL Draft in April, where do they currently stand in the event? What picks do they have and who could they potentially grab? Here is the current slate of draft picks for the Las Vegas Raiders as the new league year starts.
Las Vegas Raiders draft picks in 2022
- Round 3 | Pick 90 (from TEN)
Dylan Parham, C, Memphis
- Round 4 | Pick 122 (from IND via MIN)
Zamir White, RB, Georgia
- Round 4 | Pick 126 (from LV via MIN)
Neil Farrell Jr., DT, LSU
- Round 5 | Pick 175 (from LAR)
Matthew Butler, DT, Tennessee
- Round 7 | Pick 238 (from MIA via LAR)
Thayer Munford, G, Ohio State
- Round 7 | Pick 250 (from SF via DEN and MIN)
Brittain Brown, RB, UCLA
The Las Vegas Raiders own just five picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. They haven’t gone about it the usual route. They traded their first-rounder to the Packers for Davante Adams, along with their second-rounder. Their highest pick is in Round 3, at 86th overall. Additionally, they have a mix of multiple fifth-rounders and a seventh-rounder that isn’t their own.
The Raiders received New England’s fifth-round pick in the trade exchange for Trent Brown. They also sent their own seventh-round selection to the Patriots in the same trade. Las Vegas owns Carolina’s seventh-round pick in the deal that brought in LB Denzel Perryman. The Raiders shipped their original sixth-round pick to the Panthers in that deal as well.
Las Vegas Raiders 2022 NFL Draft team needs
As it stands now, the Raiders agreed to terms with Chandler Jones, filling a need for a top pass rusher. However, as Jones continues to get long in the tooth, don’t rule out an eventual replacement for the future Hall of Famer. With that in mind, drafting an edge defender was never really their top need anyway.
Securing the fate of their interior defensive line is a must in the 2022 NFL Draft. Grabbing valuable players in a projected stacked class at the top may be difficult but right around pick No. 22 could be where the Georgia duo of Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt could be selected. Signing Bilal Nichols in free agency will help, but they need more there.
Outside of defensive tackle, adding playmakers at both cornerback and wide receiver are vital, even if they add either one of those positions in free agency. Luckily for the Raiders, trading for Davante Adams and Rock Ya-Sin accomplished a lot at both positions. Here are their top current needs as explained by the Pro Football Network Draft Team:
- Defensive Tackle
- Offensive Tackle
- Wide Receiver
- Edge Defender