Published On: Wed, Apr 24th, 2019

NFL Draft Rumors: Oakland Raiders Could Make ‘Some Sort Of Surprise Pick’ At No. 4, Per Ian Rapoport

Coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders have a talk during a game against the Miami Dolphins.

The Oakland Raiders will be entering the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday with three first-round picks, including the No. 4 overall selection. However, the team’s plans ahead of the draft have deliberately remained a mystery, and if a new rumor turns out to be accurate, the Raiders might use that No. 4 pick on someone draft experts aren’t expecting them to take.

As cited by CBS Sports, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported on Monday that the Raiders are planning to select “some sort of surprise pick” at the fourth overall spot, a draft pick whose selection would “necessitate absolute secrecy.” Given the Raiders’ attempts to keep their draft plans as quiet as possible, which reportedly required them to send all their scouts home last week, CBS Sports noted that Oakland could “go in a number of different directions” with all their first-round picks. Rapoport, however, speculated on a few unexpected fourth overall picks that the team could go with on Thursday.

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NFL Draft Rumors: Oakland Raiders Could Make ‘Some Sort Of Surprise Pick’ At No. 4, Per Ian Rapoport