The Oakland Raiders selected Eastern Michigan defensive end Maxx Crosby (fourth round), Houston cornerback Isaiah Johnson (fourth round), LSU tight end Foster Moreau (fourth round), Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (fifth round) and Prairie View A&M defensive end Quinton Bell (seventh round) on Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft.
They join Clelin Ferrell, Josh Jacobs, Johnathan Abram and Trayvon Mullen to complete the Raiders’ 2019 draft class.
Crosby should join Ferrell to help improve a Raiders pass rush that was the worst in football a season ago. He had 41 tackles for loss and 20 sacks in three seasons at Eastern Michigan, including 19 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in 2018.
Johnson became the third defensive back that Oakland picked in the draft this season along with Abram and Mullen. Many experts are touting him as a potential steal of the draft.
Most of his playing time at Houston came in the last two seasons when he had a combined four interceptions, 12 passes defended and 115 total tackles. He brings some size to the tackle at 6-feet, 4-inches and 203 lbs.
With Jared Cook departing in free agency, Moreau will help fill his void at tight end. He had a total of 52 catches for 629 yards and six touchdowns in four seasons at LSU.
Renfrow is a well-known name after how well he performed at Clemson over the last four years, which included catching the game-winning pass in the 2017 National Championship Game against Alabama.
The slot receiver had 186 total catches for 2,133 yards and 15 touchdowns in his four years. Included in that was 49 catches for 544 yards and one touchdown in 2018.
Bell, the final pick the Raiders made, is another defensive end that can get after the quarterback for Oakland. The former wide receiver had 10 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks this past season.
Changing the culture is something that head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock set out to do during this year’s draft, and now it is up to the players to follow through with that.