Davante Adams among five WR1s who need most help from 2024 NFL Draft

No player accounted for a higher percentage of his team’s targets last season than Davante Adams, who garnered 33 percent of the Raiders’ targets. The three-time All-Pro had the second-most targets (175) in the NFL in 2023, yet he only recorded 1,144 receiving yards. That output marked his fewest receiving yards per game (67.3) since 2017 and fewest yards per reception (11.1) since 2015. No doubt the Raiders’ quarterback play contributed to his lack of efficiency, but it seems the limited weapons surrounding him also played a large part. Per PFF, Adams was double-teamed on 148 receiving snaps (third-most in the NFL) and was targeted a league-high 35 times in tight coverage in 2023. 

The Raiders lack speed on offense, which showed up in the way that they finished with the fifth-fewest deep receiving yards last year, per Next Gen Stats. They need to add speed to help stretch the field, which in turn should give Adams a lot more space to be increase his efficiency over the back end of his career. 

Best fit: Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon (Draft projection: Round 2)

Franklin provides the Raiders the best of both worlds when it comes to speed (4.41 40 time) and length (6-2). One of the best deep receivers in this draft class, Franklin logged 15 receptions of 30-plus yards (tied for second-most in the FBS) and was one of two players in the FBS to record 1,300-plus receiving yards and 14-plus TDs in 2023. Joining him was LSU’s Malik Nabers, a consensus top-two receiver in this very deep draft class. 

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