2022 NFL Power Rankings: Las Vegas Raiders
Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.
Here is where the Las Vegas Raiders rank in terms of average, best and worst:
- Average ranking: 12.8 (13th)
- Best ranking: 10 (NFL.com)
- Worst ranking: 17 (CBS Sports)
Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 17
Player who benefited most from draft: QB Derek Carr
Well for one, the Raiders did not draft his replacement. But for another, the new regime did add some depth to protect him with a pair of versatile offensive linemen in Dylan Parham and Thayer Munford. Now, neither guy jumps off the page immediately, but they do make a suspect O-line better in terms of competition, right? And in May, that's all you can really hope for when you don't make your first selection until late in the third round of the draft. Plus, the Raiders did use those first two picks to get wide receiver Davante Adams for Carr in trade, yes? Yes. -- Paul Gutierrez
NFL.com -- Rank: 13
Anybody else hyper impressed with Derek Carr's new haircut? Carr's gone on quite the lettuce journey during his NFL career, but the modified faux-hawk debuted at the start of the draft is an ace look that will only endear him further with the beautiful lunatics of the Black Hole. Meanwhile, the Raiders' draft class was significantly downsized by the Davante Adams trade, something Silver & Black fans can surely live with. The biggest news before the draft revolved around the announcement that the team would not be picking up the fifth-year option on any of its three first-round picks from 2019. It's actually impressive the Raiders are in such a solid position despite that hat trick of personnel misses.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 10
The new regime has done some really good things so far, but playing in the AFC West will make it a real challenge to get back to the playoffs. The passing game will be fun with Davante Adams on board.
USA Today -- Rank: 13
If the trade for Adams wasn't reminder enough, their decision to decline fifth-year options on all three of their 2019 first-rounders was a clear signal that the Silver and Black are under new management. Look for Round 4 RB Zamir "Zeus" White to eat into Josh Jacobs' touches.
The Athletic -- Rank: 17
The big trade for Davante Adams and signing of quarterback Derek Carr to an extension are indications the new regime believes the Raiders are ready to be serious competitors right away. Our panel clearly still has questions, picking the Raiders fourth among the AFC West teams.
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