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The Oakland Raiders had a resurgent 2016 campaign, and are looking to make some more noise in 2017.
After a solid haul at the 2017 NFL draft, NFL Network’s Elliot Harrison seems to believe the Raiders are one of the top-three teams in the league in his latest power rankings.
Harrison thinks the acquisition of former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch “is no small deal.” Despite Lynch’s age, “he is playing for love more than money” and that extra motivation should show itself on the field.
He even compared Lynch to “the modern-day John Riggins” and called the Oakland native one of “the best true power backs to ever live.”
Harrison, one of the few media analysts who liked the Raiders’ draft, “loved” the selection of former UConn safety Obi Melifonwu, but decided to hold judgment on former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley.
He concluded the draft deserved a “B to A-minus” grade, which is much better than the grades of other NFL experts, like ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.
Ultimately, Oakland had an excellent draft and signed some great pieces thru free agency to improve their already impressive offense. With that being said, the Raiders have earned their right at No. 3 in the latest power rankings.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.