2013 Oakland Raiders Mock Draft
The Oakland Raiders are going through their growing pains this year.
The loss of owner Al Davis was very difficult for the Raider Nation, as was a host of other changes and obstacles.
Bringing in a new general manager. Bringing in a new coaching staff. Being in salary cap purgatory. Releasing players and not having quality draft picks. The injuries did not help much either.
Reggie McKenzie and staff will have to hit a home run with this draft. Lets get started.
The Raiders should trade the third and 163rd picks to the Arizona Cardinals for the fifth and 37th picks.
Reggie and company would make a smart move to get things started by moving down two spots and picking up a second-round pick. They know they have a lot of holes to fill and make a move to do so.
1st Round: Damontre Moore, (6’4”, 250) OLB/DE, Texas A&M
The Raiders had to move down to acquire extra picks because their defense is beyond bad.
The Raiders pass rush, in particular, is absolutely HORRIBLE!!!
They have 17 sacks as a team and Alden Smith of the San Francisco 49ers has 19.5. That says it all. Moore will give them a huge upgrade in that department. He is also very good against the run. Moore is also versatile and can play end in a 4-3 and OLB in a 3-4.
The rebuilding begins.
Second Round: David Amerson, (6’2”, 200), CB, North Carolina State
David Amerson is a ball-hawking cornerback who led the nation in 2011 with 13 interceptions.
In 2012 he has five interceptions because a lot of teams have just stayed away from him. The only reason he falls into the second round is because of his speed concerns and a horrible game against Tennessee.
In the Raiders zone- and man-coverage scheme, he should be a stud. The secondary is an area the Raiders must improve, and Amerson is a great start.
Third Round: Kevin Minter, (6’1”, 250), MLB, LSU
The Rolando McClain saga is a shame. The Raiders have to find a replacement if he is not retained. Minter was a flat out beast for LSU this year and could be plugged right in at MLB. Minter has 90 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, five passes defensed, an interception and a forced fumble.
Minter is a good tackler with instincts. He also is a hard hitter and never hesitates to get physical. That is something the Raiders are lacking.
He plain and simple is a football player and a very good one.
Third Round: Kyle Long, (6’7”, 315), OT, Oregon
There is NO WAY the Raiders can spend another year with Khalif Barnes at right tackle and expect to win. Long is the son of former Raider great Howie Long and the brother of the Rams' Chris Long.
Kyle Long is an outstanding athlete, able to play both guard and tackle.
He is still a bit raw, but according to his father and brother, Kyle was blessed with the most natural talent of the three, and the Raiders will love his upside.
The Raiders struck gold with another legacy in Stefen Wisniewski and look to go to that well one more time.
Fourth Round: Kwame Geathers, (6’6”, 350), DT, Georgia
Geathers is a mountain of man who is difficult to move—or should I say almost impossible to move—at the line of scrimmage. He is a good fit for the Nose Tackle position but can play defensive tackle as well.
The Raiders defense has been terrible against the run, so adding a run-stopper like Geathers will really free up the linebackers to get after the ball-carriers.
Sixth Round: Micah Hyde, CB (6’1”, 190), Iowa
Hyde hurt his stock with an arrest during Iowa's bye week. It was a minor drinking incident, but the NFL won't like it. That is the only reason he will still be on the board. The Raiders take a chance on this guy and it is well worth it.
This guy is a baller. He can return punts and kicks, and he will fit well into the Raiders' new defensive scheme.
This could and should be a steal for the Raiders.
Seventh Round: Devin Taylor, (6’7”, 267), DE, South Carolina
This kid had a really substandard season, and that is the only reason he falls this low. He has the size and skill set to do so much more. The Raiders take a chance on him because they know he can develop into a very good defensive end.
For his size, he is fast (a 4.69 40-yard dash) and should be able to help on special teams and passing downs from day one.
Seventh Round: Knile Davis, (6’0”, 230), RB, Arkansas
Talk about a disappointing season. WOW!
Davis was hurt and had an awful season. With that said, you do not put up 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns despite only starting eight of 13 games in 2010 without having some serious skills.
The Raiders take a chance on him, and doing it this late in the draft is a great risk/reward pick. I think he will be just what the doctor ordered. He has good size and speed and is a great receiver out of the backfield.
He is a good late-round pick.
The Raiders have a lot of work to do but this is a very good start. Let's light the fire and kick the tires!
Let the rebuilding begin!