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Just one more day until the NFL Draft and for the Oakland Raiders to make three first-round selections.

Unless they trade away first-round picks, of course.

As of now, the Raiders have picks Nos. 4, 24 and 27.

Who will they pick when the first round unfolds Thursday in Nashville? If Raider Nation were in the Raiders’ war room, they have an idea who they want.

The Bee ran a one-day poll of who their preference is and the favorite is defensive tackle Quinnen Williams of Alabama should he be available. Coming in second is former Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen, with “other reply” coming in third.

Fans chimed in on who else they want.

Mike Mayock, who for many years was the NFL Network analyst during the draft, transitions into the Raiders’ war room as the general manager.

The Raiders reportedly ran through a series of exercises to prepare Mayock for the draft, according to NFL Network’s Michael Silver.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden and Mayock and other personnel will make the calls from the team’s Alameda headquarters.

Oakland stockpiled the first-rounders in trades with the Chicago Bears for Khalil Mack (netting the 24th pick) and with the Dallas Cowboys for Amari Cooper (27th). Oakland’s 4-12 finish in 2018 gave it the fourth overall pick.

“We have three awesome opportunities,” Mayock said at the team’s pre-draft news conference. “I happen to think in most drafts, I happen to like 20 through 60. I always have. I think there’s a lot of guys that love the game and are safer picks, sometimes, than top-10 picks. So, I look at those picks in there. You’re constantly, constantly just playing games with which 23 names are going to be off the board. Or we’re going to get to 24 and what clump of guys are going to be there and if that clump is there, which ones would you take? Which one would you say, ‘I think he might get to 35 or 27.’ I think the more you do that and challenge yourself and challenge the people you work with to do that, the more familiar you will be on draft night.”

Lucky 7 between Raiders and Fresno State?

The Raiders have selected 532 players from 191 schools since the common draft was adopted in 1967.

Seventeen came from USC, the most of any school, followed by Nebraska’s 14.

The Raiders’ most recent selection from USC was tight end David Ausberry of Lemoore High who went in the seventh round in 2011.

The Raiders have picked seven players from Fresno State, tying with other schools such as Cal, Florida and Michigan. The last Fresno State player drafted by the Raiders was quarterback Derek Carr in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Former Fresno State players wide receiver KeeSean Johnson, safety Mike Bell Jr. and linebacker Jeff Allison are on the board this year.

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.


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