With the first week of free agency now in the books, we are starting to get a much better idea of what prospects the Oakland Raiders may look to target with their picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Having holes on both sides of the ball, GM Reggie McKenzie will need all the picks he can get to rebuild this team. Already without both 2nd and 5th round selections, the Raiders were at least awarded a compensatory pick in the 6th round at the league meetings on Monday.
While there is still quite a bit of time for free agency activity leading up to April’s draft, certain additions in both player and coaching personnel have contributed to the evolving idea of which prospects present a good fit for this team.
After already signing free agent LBs Kaluka Maiava, Nick Roach and Kevin Burnett, as well as DE Jason Hunter, all signs point toward the defense sticking with a base 4-3 look next season. This will have a significant impact on the draft strategy, as certain pass rush prospects will remain on the table while others won’t.
As far as the offensive side of the ball goes, the most glaring holes remain on the offensive line. Picks in this area will have to fit well into new OC Greg Olson’s gap/power blocking scheme, as the transition back to which is essential to the success of star RB Darren McFadden.
With all of these factors considered, including the newly awarded compensatory selection, here is a full seven round Oakland Raiders mock draft updated one week into the free agency period.