And with the #4 pick of the 2015 NFL draft, the Raiders take [drum roll] Amari Cooper.
While it was no surprise that Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota went 1-2, thus pre-empting the need for the Eagles or Browns to trade up to Oakland for that #4 pick, it was something of a surprise that Leonard Williams was available, and the Raiders still went for Cooper.
Williams ended up falling to #6, where he was snapped up by the Jets, to add to what is already one of the best d-lines in the league. While it’s curious that USC alum and defensive guru Jack Del Rio passed on Williams, that’s probably just an indication that the Raiders felt an additional urgency to get Derek Carr a reliable weapon that he can work with for the years to come.
Williams was certainly a favorite for most of the fan comments I’ve seen at a variety of forums, but Cooper is a promising talent who flourished in a pro-style offense with mostly average quarterbacking. He already improves an offense that was historically bad last season, and with even an average running game, in a division where all three opponents have quarterbacks in the late stages of their careers, Oakland could be on the rise again.