Current suspect tackle duo looking like the plan for Raiders heading into regular season Two weeks ago , Donald Penn returned to the field after missing most of camp rehabbing from a foot surgery. But when he hit the field, it wasn’t at his usual left tackle spot. He was lining up at right tackle while rookie top pick Kolton Miller stayed as the first team left tackle.At that time, Penn said he didn’t know if the move was permanent. That the team said they were just trying it out to see how it goes. At the time the move was by necessity, in part because Breno Giacomini — who had been the first team right tackle all offseason — was out with a knee injury. Monday Giacomini was released. And as scary as it might be to put a rookie at left tackle and a career left tackle at right tackle, the depth on this team is scarier.Neither Miller nor Penn dressed in the team’s second preseason game, so the first time we got to see them on the field at the bookend tackle spots was last Friday when the team faced the Packers. It didn’t go all that well.The first drive saw both Miller and Penn give up multiple pressures, ending with Penn giving up a strip sack on Derek Carr. Despite that scary drive, it sounds like Jon Gruden is determined to make this arrangement work.“He did some good things. He had the obvious fumble play. I’m sure people will point to that and say it wasn’t a good performance, but I thought for his first time back on the field in a long time, going against the first team of the Packers, I thought he did some good things.”Penn doesn’t have as much confidence in his performance as Gruden claims to have.“Very rusty. I got a lot of work ahead of myself. I knew that going into the game. I knew that going into that week, I know that going into this week. Something that I knew going into that game that was going to be tough on me. I was excited to get out there and try it live. It’s a different speed in practice than it is in the game. I wish I could’ve did some things a lot better than I did. I saw some things I need to fix and some things I need to work on. The biggest part of it was my confidence. I’m trying to get some confidence in this foot and pushing off on it and planting and sustaining against the other big guys going into me. That was the biggest part.”Penn has said that everything is backward for him on the right side and that’s tough to switch around on such short notice. He said that when he returned to camp two weeks ago. He sounds pretty similar with how he discusses it now.“Playing left tackle for so long, I don’t have to think about it sometimes. I just know. Right tackle Cheap Jordy Nelson Jersey , now I got to think about this depth, I got to flip the play in my head. There’s a lot of stuff that goes into it,” said Penn.Each day Penn has been working with offensive line coach Tom Cable after practice. He feels like “time is on my side” being that there are exactly two weeks until the team opens the season and added “I feel like I’ll definitely be ready by September 10th.”As for Kolton Miller, some point to the fact that he held up better after the first drive. True, he did, but the first drive is when the first team defense was on the field. Clay Matthews played just one series after that. How that gives Gruden the confidence to throw the rookie out there against the likes of Von Miller, Justin Houston, Melvin Ingram, and Joey Bosa is beyond me, but that sounds like what he plans to do.When asked if he’s confident Miller will start at left tackle come the season, Gruden said “Yeah, I am. I think he’s improving every week. He’s going to have his hands full all year. Just like every left tackle does, especially every rookie left tackle Cheap Derek Carrier Jersey , but we are really, really excited about the man from UCLA. He’s got a great future in this league.”Gruden said there won’t be many veterans playing in the final preseason game. We don’t yet know if that includes Penn or even Miller because he’s a starter. It was surprising when Gruden sat Miller for the Rams game, so I won’t be surprised this time if he does it again despite the kid’s need for reps.Cue, Dark Knight Joker “Here. We. Go.” GIFs. The Draft Prospect Superlatives series moves to the offensive side of the ball after highlighting edge rushers last time.Derek Carr needs a top tier NFL wide receiver to throw the ball after TE Jared Cook and RB Jalen Richard were his most reliable targets in 2018.In the absence of Amari Cooper none of the Raiders wide receivers were able to step up and be that guy for the Silver and Black.Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have multiple first round picks so don’t be surprised if one of them turns out to be a WR. This wide receiver class is packed full of talent and the mid rounds will have quite a few players who could make an impact as well.Here are a few who stood out in areas of interest for talent evaluators.Body beautifulJerome Miron-USA TODAY SportsJalen Hurd, BaylorJalen Hurd started his career as a running back at Tennessee before transferring to Baylor to play wide receiver in his final year of eligibility.If that doesn’t make you blink it will when you find out Hurd stands at 6’5 230lbs with a 77+ inch wingspan.Talent evaluators might take a pause when considering his skill set to be a pass catcher but his stature will be a coveted trait.Hurd’s size is enough for him to get drafted.He needs to learn to play the position so perhaps he ends up a day 3 pick.His measurables however are elite for the wide receiver position.Highest skillHunter Renfrow, ClemsonHunter Renfrow should be the most skilled receiver entering the draft considering he’s played at Clemson for over 17 years. Jokes aside, Renfrow has competed at a high level on 3 different championship quality teams and made clutch plays each and every time.Renfrow has the quick feet to get open against man coverage and the savvy to sit in open areas against zone.Watching his tape you’ll see an NFL ready player who varies his releases and sets up defensive backs all game long.He’s also a reliable target who catches with his hands away from his body.He’s not flashy and he has the hairline of a 37 year old man, but a team who needs an upgrade in the slot could do much worse.Most athleticDeebo Samuel, South CarolinaThe hype train started rolling for Deebo Samuel in 2016 due to the big plays he made that would end up on ESPN.A true human highlight reel Samuel put together his best and most consistent season as a senior weapon for the Gamecocks.Samuel put on a clinic at the senior bowl with staggeringly quick releases against press coverage.He has an interesting body type standing just shy of 6’0 but weighing close to 220lbs.He’s a wide receiver in a runningback body and it carries over tothe pinball style he plays with on gameday.Samuel’s catch and run above showcases those abilities; great stop and start acceleration combined with the power and balance to break 9 tackles against the eventual national champions.StrongestHakeem Butler, Iowa StateImagine trying to tackle a horse.That must be what it felt like to bring down Hakeem Butler for Big 12 defenders this season.Butler looked like the big brother who came to play backyard football against kids much younger than himself for much of the 2018 season.He has elite NFL size and more speed than given credit for, but his ability to win contested catches will turn the most heads.Butler routinely showcased the balance and concentration to adjust his catch radius while a defender was draped all over him.He finished most of those catches with elite strength and should be a day 1 red zone target for a team in need of a pass catcher who plays above the rim. Highest upsideDK Metcalf, Ole MissThe top wideout on most draftnik’s boards, Metcalf comes from a long line of NFL talent. Grandfather Terry Metcalf was a Pro Bowl Runningback for the then St. Louis Cardinals in the late 70s. His Uncle Eric Metcalf was an All-Pro return specialist for the Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers. His father Terry Metcalf Jr was an offensive lineman for 9 years mostly with the Chicago Bears.Metcalf is a freak who not only has great NFL size but elite athleticism to go along with it.Many detractors point out he wasn’t even the most productive receiver at Ole Miss and he basically only ran 3 routes in his college offense.That’s why he gets the highest upside award.Possessing attributes most could only dream of—Metcalf is a ball of clay that a great team could mold into a premier NFL receiver before his rookie contract expires.Most underratedTroy Babbitt-USA TODAY SportsJohn Ursua Cheap Gareon Conley Jersey , HawaiiFew draft eligible receivers posted the production that John Ursua was able to while at Hawaii in 2018.Ursua finished in the top 10 of every statistical category for pass catchers including leading the FBS with 16 touchdown receptions.Andy Isabella from UMass and Antoine Wesley from Texas Tech are getting pre draft hype but somehow it stops short for Ursua.Ursua wins with outstanding quickness and NFL ready route running similar to those wide receivers.He might now wow anyone with his athleticism at his pro day but a team who needs competition in the slot will get a day 3 pick who has the ability to play better than his draft position.Honorable MentionsN’Keal Harry, Arizona State: Highest UpsideKelvin Harmon, NC State: StrongestAJ Brown, Ole Miss: Highest SkillMarquis Brown, Oklahoma: Most AthleticAndy Isabella, UMass: Highest SkillMecole Hardman, Georgia: Most AthleticJJ Arceaga-Whiteside, Stanford: StrongestKeeSean Johnson: Fresno State: Most UnderratedTerry McLaurin, Ohio State: Most AthleticAnthony Johnson, Buffalo: Most UnderratedCollin Johnson, Texas: Strongest

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