Speculation continues to circulate that the Las Vegas Raiders plan to release wide receiver Tyrell Williams at the start of the new league year.
Raider Maven publisher Hondo S. Carpenter Sr. has said the move is, "Expected," by NFL management around the league.
It would be the end of an injury-plagued two years for Williams, who only played 14 out of a possible 32 games as a Raider.
What is interesting to think about though is how this move would impact the Raiders' draft plans this year.
Releasing Williams could mean the Raiders have a good idea that Nelson Agholor will be coming back.
It could also mean that they have a good shot to get a free agent like Juju Smith-Schuster.
One or even both of them combined with young receivers Henry Ruggs III, Hunter Renfrow, and Bryan Edwards should have the Raiders receiving corps set.
Williams has a cap-heavy deal and cutting him brings instant relief.
With that in mind, it seems more and more likely that the Raiders will do as the majority of fans want them to do and focus on defense.
We’ve already gone over the majority of first-round defensive prospects the Raiders could pick already, and any one of them could be in play at pick No. 17 in the first round.
The only offensive position that this writer could see the Raiders going to in the first round is the offensive line.
Even then, virtually any mock draft out there has the Raiders going to defensive line and linebacker in the first round.
In any case, though, don’t expect General Manager Mike Mayock to pull a Matt Millen and draft a receiver in the first round two years in a row.
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