Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow participates in first round of 2019 NFL overhaul

The Raiders recently granted Hunter Renfrow a contract extension as he is coming off the best season of his career. He caught over 100 passes, topping 1,000 receiving yards, as he is now widely regarded as one of the best slot receivers in the NFL.

The Raiders were able to snag Renfrow well on Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft and he certainly topped that draft spot. But how high should he have been selected?

In a recent article by Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus, he revamped the entire first round of the 2019 draft. In this new draft, Renfrow was selected as the No. 28 pick of the Los Angeles Chargers. Here’s what Sikkema had to say about the former Clemson star and now Pro Bowler:

“If you look at Renfrow’s pre-draft metrics and combine the results, you’ll understand why he wasn’t a first-round pick. On the other hand, his 1,038 receiving yards, nine receiving touchdowns and 82.3 receiving rating last season say otherwise. It sneaks in this redesign, and I think it’s justified for its reliability as a slots receiver.

Renfrow is truly a valuable weapon in the slot as it is nearly impossible to defend one-on-one. He has managed to improve his run over the past few years, but his post-catch ability has steadily improved throughout his career.

With Davante Adams now on the outside and a healthy Darren Waller back in the lineup, Renfrow could be in for an even bigger season. He should see far fewer double teams and should remain one of Derek Carr’s preferred options on third down.

Helen L. Cuellar