ESPN points out alarming stat

ESPN released their “future rankings” for all 32 NFL teams this week, and the Raiders were ranked a porous 29th.

While you may be able to argue with some of the logic John Clayton and company used, but one glaring stat stands out, and it’s not a good one.

“General manager Reggie McKenzie has put together two solid drafts, but this is still a roster with plenty of holes,” analyst John Clayton says in his ESPN review. “The reason? Only three draftees remain from the 2011 and 2012 classes, and none are starters. In fact, the Raiders have given second contracts to only three draft choices since 2007. You'd expect that to change in the not-too-distant future: Mack and Cooper are two elite prospects, while Carr showed some promise as a rookie.”

Yes, you read that correctly. The Raiders have given second contracts to only three draft choices since 2007. That’s a remarkable stat given they’ve selected 62 players since 2007 (not including this year’s 10 picks). Granted, of the 62 picked, many are still on their rookie contract. But on the other side, it includes players like OT Jared Veldheer, DE Matt Shaugnesssy, and more.

It’s an interesting stat because it shows both the fact that the team has not drafted well, and they are always trying to fill holes due to their struggling youth.

Clayton is certainly right that it should change soon, especially with some young building blocks in Khalil Mack, Sio Moore, Amari Cooper and Derek Carr. Let’s just hope it doesn’t end with those names.


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