Answering Your Las Vegas Raiders Questions and Emails

Sports Illustrated's Raider Maven Publisher Hondo S. Carpenter, answers the Silver and Black fans' questions each week in our weekly mailbag
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Henderson, Nev.--There is no fan base in the National Football League hungrier for information on their team than the Raider Nation. That is why each week, we offer a buffet of Silver and Black information as we answer your questions and emails as it pertains to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Hondo, I understand this is not a Raiders question, but in talking to your NFL buddies, which QB projected in the first round has enormous bust potential? --Mike Clarke

No question, Justin Fields. One of my friends told me, "There is a reason those teams pick at the top.  We don't have Fields as a first-round grade."

Hondo, you talked about a lack of first-round depth at offensive tackle. Where is the most talent you are hearing about, and is there another position lacking? Thank you for your excellent coverage. --Tina Viejo

Tight ends are lacking. Ironically, nearly all of my friends are saying that Kyle Pitts is a can't miss prospect. But, after him, they think the depth of tight ends takes a massive hit. One is telling me, "I don't see a tight end grade about a late second round, and we have Pitts as a top-five." As far as the most depth, it is wide receiver. According to one friend, "I think there are a legitimate 30 guys in this pick at wide receiver who can play and start in this league."

Hondo, am I wrong to think that Kenyan Drake will make the Raiders more of an up-tempo type offense? Maybe like Baylor when Art Briles was the coach? --P.L.

No, not like Baylor back in the day. More up-tempo. Without a doubt. Jacobs is the No. 1 running back, but Drake will now be all over the field.  While different, he becomes the Silver and Blacks, Alvin Kamara.

Hey Hondo, I found it fascinating when you talked on the radio about a lack of first-round grade offensive tackles. Is there a deep position that might surprise some people? I love the site and the radio show. --Nathan Galloway

Yes, interior offensive lineman is looking to be profound, which isn't a spot you would typically see.

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