After two trades back in the first round, the Oak... Las Vegas Raiders chose LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels. In a mock draft shocker, the Raiders pull off a wildly savvy move, trading back to the Dolphins No. 31 and getting the quarterback everyone was looking for them to grab at 11.
Jayden Daniels can thread the needle with his passes, reading the defense and quickly finding the open man. He has a natural feel for the game and can easily make intermediate throws. His quick feet and elusiveness help him create throwing lanes even under pressure. His release is sharp, and he has a strong vision when running with the ball, making him a constant big-play threat. His lateral agility is explosive, and he can quickly make defenders miss.
Daniels has achieved a remarkable 69 percent completion rate on passes of 20 yards or longer and a 40:4 TD-INT ratio, the highest in college football. He is well known for his GOAT scrambler status in LSU's history due to his knack for evading defenders and keeping the ball in motion.
His playing style is similar to a combination of Anthony Richardson and Trevor Lawrence. Furthermore, his stats are impressive as he has maintained a 71.4 percent completion rate with 3812 passing yards while adding 1134 rushing yards with ten rushing TDs. However, his 50 total TDs and phenomenal decision-making during crucial times make him stand out and a strong contender for the Heisman trophy.
The Raiders get a big arm, big presence in the pocket QB who can move the chains with his legs. The Jimmy G experiment is over; it's the Gruden/Daniels' time in Vegas. Josh Jacob's, Davante Adams, Michael Mayer and Renfro, with a cannon-armed, tush-pushing king, Daniels, at the helm, will be fun times in the desert.
Follow along to see what the Raiders can do with those two additional second-rounders to set Daniels up in our NFL Mocks Midseason mock draft for the AFC West Day 2 picks.