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By Marc Lawrence — With the final outline assessment of our look into each team’s needs in the 2020 NFL Draft, courtesy of The Athletic, we close out with the AFC West where the Las Vegas Raiders – somehow the name has the ring of a minor league team, doesn’t it – are front and center with the two biggest needs undoubtedly for Vegas being wide receiver and cornerback. After the Antonio Brown debacle and an injury to Tyrell Williams, Derek Carr didn’t have many targets to throw to on the outside in 2019. Even with Williams back healthy, the Raiders will be receiver shopping early in a draft loaded with dynamic options. Raiders general manager Mike Mayock showed with his pick of Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 that he isn’t going to let conventional draft wisdom dictate who he picks when he knows the player he wants. So that makes it tougher to predict what he’ll do with No. 12. The easy choice would be to just grab Jerry Jeudy or fellow Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs III. With three picks in the third round, the Raiders should be looking for the best-on-the-board, which may mean at least one more receiver. For a complete review of each AFC West team’s needs in this draft click here.

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From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 53-1 SU in his career with the Crimson Tide versus .500 or fewer opponents, including 51 wins in a row.

Grinding Out The Profits

One of my favorite props in tomorrow’s first round of the 2020 NFL draft is this one posted at Draft Kings – The total wide receivers drafted in the first round: Under 5.5 +160. Remember, wide receiver is a glamour position in the NFL these days and with it the betting public loves betting ‘OVER’ on NFL props. Going back to 2000, there have been a total of 73 wide receivers selected in the first round, or an average 3.65 per round. In only four of those drafts have 6 or more WRs been selected. With a deep array of wide receivers this year, NFL squads know there will be an abundcance of talent still to be had in the second-round. Plenty of value here to go under this lofty total.
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