The owner of the 2019 NFL Draft? Oakland, with rookie GM Mike Mayock, who counts Bill Belichick as one of his best friends in football.
The power broker, potentially, of the 2019 NFL Draft? New England, which will have the ammo to move up, down and sideways—and Belichick has always loved wheeling and dealing on draft weekend.
The Raiders have four picks in the top 35. The Patriots have one pick in the top 55. But that’s a misleading part of the story. There’s great depth in this draft from pick 25 to 100 and even deeper, some scouts at the Senior Bowl thought. So there could be fine value in the Patriot picks when they are slated to choose five times in a 45-pick span from 56 to 101.
Raiders and Patriots picks in the top 110 overall choices of the draft, as of today:
• New England: 1st round, 32nd overall; 2-56; 2-64; 3-73; 3-97^; 3-101^
• Oakland: 1st round, 4th overall; 1-24; 1-27; 2-35; 3-66; 4-106