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Linebacker has been a need for the Raiders long before Gruden’s second stint at Head Coach.Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther has been quoted saying he thinks he can develop a day 3 linebacker into a starting caliber player. There are a few linebackers Womens Antonio Brown Jersey , however, who could change the dynamic of this defense and with 3 first round draft picks to work with, this could be the draft to use an early pick on this position.The 2019 NFL Draft Superlatives continues at the linebacker position.Here are a few players who stood out in the following categories.Body beautifulTerrill Hanks, OLB, New Mexico StateNot often on twitter do you see so many draft writers collectively develop a crush on a player. But after the Senior Bowl weigh-in “Terrill Hanks shirtless” was probably trending on social media.The senior linebacker stands at 6’2 234lbs with an 80.5 inch wingspan.He is considered a project at linebacker but has the athleticism and body type that you can’t coach.Highest skillDrue Tranquill, OLB, Notre DameTranquill’s teammate Te’von Coney at Notre Dame is getting more draft buzz and when you watch the tape both are clearly very coached up.Tranquill however is better in coverage;the play above shows him carrying the TE vertical before turning and locating the ball for a PBU something that he did frequently in college.Tranquill also excelled against the run and rarely takes false steps or makes eye violations.An ACL tear in 2015 could make teams pause but if his medical checks out, Tranquill will be defensive coordinator’s favorite new player.Most athleticDevin Bush, ILB, MichiganAt 5’11 225lbsDevin Bush doesn’t have the prototypical size of an NFL linebacker. Players shorter of stature who succeed in the NFL are often superior athletes at their position. This is the case for Bush who hits like a truck but moves like a sports car.Bush’s change of direction ability pops off the tape and he made more sideline to sideline plays in 2018 than any other player on this list.Bush will likely dominate the combine athletic testing— which will go a long way for him before NFL teams decide if they draft a linebacker under 6’0.StrongestDevin White, ILB, LSURunning into Devin White is like crashing your car into a fire hydrant.Out of all the linebackers in this class White was consistently the strongest at the point of attack.White is considered the best linebacker in the class because he makes plays all over the field with ferocious tenacity. Some of his footwork and eye discipline will need to improve but the violence he plays with is an NFL quality already.Highest UpsideMack Wilson, ILB, AlabamaThe complete package at linebacker. Wilson has size, movement skills, ability to diagnose blocking schemes and route combination in spades.However Wilson struggled to remain consistent as the Alabama season came to a close and draft writers are doing their best to find flaws in his game.No need to second guess this one—Wilson can make plays that few NFL linebackers can and if he gets more consistent he should be the best linebacker drafted in 2019.Most UnderratedGermaine Pratt, OLB, NC StatePratt experienced a huge surge in production in his final season at NC State.He was a tackling machine who showcased the ability to get off blocks and be a stout run defender.Against the pass Pratt was used as an off-ball blitzer and generated tons of pressure.As a result of being blitzed so often Pratt is probably the least polished in coverage on this list. He might need to fit into a certain scheme to maximize his talents but put him on the field at any position and watch him hunt.Honorable MentionsTe’von Coney, ILB, Notre Dame: Highest SkillBobby Okereke, ILB, Stanford: Body BeautifulChase Hansen, OLB, Utah: Most UnderratedVosean Joseph, OLB, Florida: Most AthleticDeshaun Davis, ILB, Auburn: StrongestBen Burr-Kiven, OLB, Boise State: Highest SkillKhalil Hodge Antonio Brown Jersey White , ILB, Buffalo: Most UnderratedTJ Edwards, ILB, Wisconsin: Highest SkillJon Gruden says he does not regret trading Khalil Mack, hopes to prove long term Raiders ‘did the right thing’ It’s been a little over two weeks since the Raiders unexpectedly traded star pass rusher Khalil Mack, but for Jon Gruden the questions just keep on coming.Standing at the podium after a heart-breaking 20-19 loss to the Broncos, Jon Gruden was asked what the Raiders have to do to get a pass rush going. After a long pause, with a blank stare Gruden responded, “We gotta do something.”Meeting with members of the media in his usual Monday press conference, Gruden was once again asked if he had any regrets on the trade, considering the lack of pass rush in both games.“No, it doesn’t make me regret,” said Gruden. “We made the trade, we may the trade. There is going to be some hindsight, 50-50, all that stuff. We would have loved to have him here and I’m not going to keep rehashing this. I would have loved to coach him, loved to have him here, but he’s not. Somebody’s got to step up.”After two weeks, it’s hard to believe Gruden doesn’t regret the move on some level.The Raiders have generated next to no pass rush, registering only two sacks.When the game was on the line and the defense needed someone to step up and make a play, nobody was to be found. The decision to trade Mack was made with the hopes that the strong training camp and preseason by rookies Maurice Hurst, PJ Hall, and Arden Key would show up during the season.Now two weeks into the season things haven’t looked quite as promising.PJ Hall missed Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle, and according to Gruden is doubtful for week three.Arden Key, who was drafted as a situational rusher has been forced to play far more snaps that initially thought.“We got to keep building our football team and that’s what we are going to do,” Gruden continued. “Hopefully, we see more from Arden Key. Hopefully, we see more from PJ Hall when he gets healthy. Hopefully, we prove that in the long term we did the right thing.”It may not be fair to judge the outcome of the trade solely on two games or even one season. And the trade being for future draft picks including first rounders in 2019 and 2020 means the Raiders won’t see the return on the trade until next season and beyond.