2020 NFL Power Rankings: Las Vegas Raiders
Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.
Here is where the Las Vegas Raiders rank in terms of average, best and worst:
- Average ranking: 21.8 (21st)
- Best ranking: 20th (Multiple)
- Worst ranking: 27th (USA Today)
Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 20
Last time, we wrote that we were waiting to see if the Raiders could land a big-time wide receiver in the draft. And what do you know, the Raiders had their pick of the class and took the burner, Henry Ruggs III. It's a move that would have made Al Davis proud. Now we get to wonder exactly how the Raiders will use him, since we have yet to see Gruden's offense with an elite wide receiver.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 20
They've added some good players in the offseason, and first-round receiver Henry Ruggs will be fun. But is Derek Carr really the answer? Or will they play Marcus Mariota?
USA Today -- Rank: 27
Hard to quibble with GM Mike Mayock's eye for talent. But club that doesn't know its way to stadium seems to be falling behind in AFC West.
ESPN -- Rank: 22
Player who benefited: QB Derek Carr. Though that also means there are no more excuses to fall back on, should the Raiders quarterback falter this season. Carr averaged a league-low 6.2 air yards per attempt in 2019, and the Raiders never truly recovered from the Antonio Brown misadventure (even if RB Josh Jacobs, TE Darren Waller and slot receiver Hunter Renfrow were revelations). So by giving Carr the fastest player in the draft (WR Henry Ruggs III) and the most versatile (RB/WR/QB Lynn Bowden Jr.), as well as a big, physical, red zone threat (WR Bryan Edwards), the bar is raised. -- Paul Gutierrez
NFL.com -- Rank: 20
The Raiders knew they had to get more explosive on offense, and they didn't mess around at the top of their 2020 draft class. Las Vegas had five selections in the first 100 picks of the draft, and they used three of their first four on wide receiver. Enter Henry Ruggs III (12th overall), Lynn Bowden Jr. (80th) and Bryan Edwards (81st), additions that give the Raiders' attack an immediate shot in the arm. Ruggs -- a speedster with superstar potential -- joins running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller to form a dynamic core around Derek Carr. Speaking of Carr, this offseason couldn't be going any better. The team punted on a Tom Brady pursuit, signed middling Marcus Mariota as his new competition, then used the draft to add weapons around him. The question now becomes whether the notoriously conservative Carr can cut loose and make the most of his spoils.
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