• Free agency recap: The Raiders traded long-time QB Derek Carr to the Saints, replacing him with free-agent signing Jimmy Garoppolo.
• Best move of the offseason: Edge defender Tyree Wilson could have been selected as high as No. 2 or No. 3 overall if not for concerns over his foot injury, so the Raiders were lucky to get strong value with their first selection.
• Outlook for 2023: The Raiders do have a deep and diverse group of offensive skill players, and if the pass-rush talent plays up to their capabilities, this team is capable of stealing more games than one would think.
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LAS VEGAS RAIDERS OFFSEASON GRADE: B-
2023 NFL Free Agency
|FA signings||FA losses|
|WR Jakobi Meyers||CB Rock Ya-Sin (BLT)|
|RB Josh Jacobs||LB Denzel Perryman (HST)|
|QB Jimmy Garoppolo||TE Foster Moreau (NO)|
|OT Jermaine Eluemunor||S Duron Harmon (FA)|
|TE Austin Hooper||WR Mack Hollins (ATL)|
|S Marcus Epps||DI Andrew Billings (CHI)|
|DI Jerry Tillery|
|CB David Long|
|CB Duke Shelley|
Free agency recap
The Raiders traded long-time QB Derek Carr to the Saints, replacing him with free-agent signing Jimmy Garoppolo. Their other big splash was signing receiver Jakobi Meyers, who was PFF’s seventh-ranked free agent.
Las Vegas also re-signed tackle Jermaine Eluemunor and star running back Josh Jacobs, who enjoyed a breakout 2022 campaign as PFF’s top-rated running back in PFF WAR.
2023 Draft class
R1 (7): EDGE Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech
R2 (35): TE Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
R3 (70): DI Byron Young, Alabama
R3 (100): WR Tre Tucker, Cincinnati
R4 (104): CB Jakorian Bennett, Maryland
R4 (135): QB Aidan O’Connell, Purdue
R5 (170): S Christopher Smith, Georgia
R6 (203): LB Amari Burney, Florida
R7 (231): DI Nesta Jade Silvera, Arizona State
2023 NFL Draft recap
Edge defender Tyree Wilson could have been selected as high as No. 2 or No. 3 overall if not for concerns over his foot injury, so the Raiders were lucky to get strong value with their first selection. The Texas Tech product possesses a prototypical NFL frame and the heavy hands to match, and his win rate of 37.1% on true pass sets in 2022 ranked third in the class.
Purdue QB Aidan O’Connell headlined Las Vegas’ Day 3 haul, as he has the all-around skill set as a passer to at least be a quality career backup.
Best move of the offseason: Drafting Tyree Wilson
I’m bullish on Wilson’s talents, largely because I see his physical traits translating well to the NFL level. His win rate at Texas Tech was outstanding, and his combination of length and physicality should eventually result in him becoming a strong run defender, as well.
Veteran edge rusher Maxx Crosby is the one clear star on the Las Vegas defense, and I love the concept of making him even better by drafting a stud to play on the opposite side.
Remaining team needs: Center
Andre James was just OK in his first season as a full-time starter in 2022, as he posted a 62.8 overall grade while allowing 26 total pressures. Behind him is Hroniss Grasu, who played just 68 snaps last season and has struggled to stay healthy and effective on the field throughout his career.
Early position battle to watch: DI Jerry Tillery vs DI BYRON YOUNG
The Raiders re-signed Jerry Tillery this offseason, but he has played at a replacement level each of the past four seasons. Las Vegas should be looking to get Young significant snaps immediately.
At Alabama last season, Young racked up 16 run stops and seven tackles for loss or no gain on run plays to go with 33 total QB pressures.
The Raiders look to be a team in transition. Garoppolo looks like a stopgap at QB, and whether O’Connell is the heir apparent or they look to next year’s draft for a long-term option remains to be seen.
With this being said, the Raiders do have a deep and diverse group of offensive skill players, and if the pass-rush talent plays up to their capabilities, this team is capable of stealing more games than one would think by looking at the names on the existing roster.