Oakland Raiders' Mock Draft and Big Board: Updated Day 2 Predictions
The Oakland Raiders decided to strike first at the safety position with the No. 14 overall pick in an effort to add the final missing link to a fiercely competitive secondary.
West Virginia safety Karl Joseph doesn’t bring the glitz and glamour in comparison to previous first-round picks.
Many Raiders fans hoped to land UCLA linebacker Myles Jack or Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson, as both prospects slipped past the top 10. General manager Reggie McKenzie obviously went with the favorable choice, which also fills a roster need.
Critics questioned McKenzie’s decision to select another ailing defensive back at the top of the draft, but Joseph’s skill set flashes exceptional ability as a versatile safety.
According to an interview at West Virginia’s pro day, Joseph hopes to join his new teammates during training camp.
Of course, cornerback D.J. Hayden’s injury history replays in frustrated Raiders fans’ minds, but it’s a less dire situation. Gurley suffered an ACL injury in November 2014 and took the field 10 months later in September. Joseph tore his ACL in October and seems optimistic about the rehab process.
As for the player on the field, Joseph exhibited man coverage ability and a strong follow-through on his tackles, and Fox Sports draft analyst Joel Klatt raved about his leadership skills. With good signs indicating a speedy recovery, the Raiders have solidified their secondary.
What’s next on the agenda? Is it a defensive lineman, linebacker or running back?
We’ll update the top-100 big board and walk through another mock draft for Rounds 2-7.
Top-100 Big Board
In preparation for the next two days, here's an updated look at the Raiders' big board after Round 1. Obviously, prospects who were selected won't appear as options below.
We'll take a look at the best available talents to keep an eye on from Rounds 2-7. Keep in mind, the Raiders chose a safety in the first round. The result affects ranking order on the big board.
|3||Chris Jones||DT||Mississippi State|
|4||Emmanuel Ogbah||DE||Oklahoma State|
|5|| Jonathan Bullard||DE||Florida|
|6|| Kevin Dodd||DE||Clemson|
|7|| Myles Jack||LB||UCLA|
|8|| Su'a Cravens||LB||USC|
|9|| Kenneth Dixon||RB||Louisiana Tech|
|14||Austin Johnson||DT||Penn State|
|17||C.J. Prosise||RB||Notre Dame|
|18||Joshua Perry||LB||Ohio State|
|19||Carl Nassib||DE||Penn State|
|20||Nick Martin||OG||Notre Dame|
|21||Cody Whitehair||OG||Kansas State|
|23||Christian Westerman||OG||Arizona State|
|28||Ronald Blair||DE||Appalachian State|
|30||Will Redmond||CB||Mississippi State|
|31||KeiVarae Russell||CB||Notre Dame|
|33||Javon Hargrave||DT||South Carolina State|
|37||Daniel Braverman||WR||Western Michigan|
|39||Harlan Miller||CB||Southeastern Louisiana|
|42||Ryan Smith||CB||North Carolina Central|
|43||Aaron Burbridge||WR||Michigan State|
|46|| Matt Ioannidis||DT||Temple|
|55||Michael Thomas||WR||Ohio State|
|56||Jaylon Smith||LB||Notre Dame|
|58||Sheldon Day||DT||Notre Dame|
|60||Scooby Wright III||LB||Arizona|
|61||Adolphus Washington||DT||Ohio State|
|64|| Jack Allen||C||Michigan State|
|67|| Aaron Wallace||LB||UCLA|
|68|| Kalan Reed||CB||Southern Mississippi|
|69||Rashard Higgins||WR||Colorado State|
|71||Joe Dahl||OG||Washington State|
|72||Isaac Seumalo||OG||Oregon State|
|73||Kamalei Correa||LB||Boise State|
|76||Kevin Byard||S||Middle Tennessee State|
|77||Roberto Aguayo||K||Florida State|
|79||Le'Raven Clark||OT||Texas Tech|
|80||Deiondre' Hall||CB||Northern Iowa|
|81||K.J. Dillon||S||West Virginia|
|83||Anthony Zettel||DE||Penn State|
|85||Nick Vigil||LB||Utah State|
|90||Rees Odhiambo||OL||Boise State|
|92||Miles Killebrew||S||Southern Utah|
|93||Nick Kwiatkoski||LB||West Virginia|
|96||Pharoh Cooper||WR||South Carolina|
|98||De'Runnya Wilson||WR||Mississippi State|
|100||Brandon Shell||OT||South Carolina|
Round 2, Pick 44: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Teams will likely pounce on Alabama defensive tackles A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed well before the Raiders make the No. 44 overall pick on Day 2. Based on all 31 teams passing on UCLA’s Myles Jack, general managers obviously don’t trust the issues with his knee.
The Raiders should go with a healthy prospect who’s able to step in for defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., who could miss significant reps during the offseason.
Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings improved his ability to disrupt plays in the backfield throughout his three-year collegiate career. As a junior, he finished with 5.5 sacks and 14 tackles for a loss in his best season.
At 21, he’s still developing as an interior defender and is still learning the finer techniques at his position. According NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein, he comes from a weightlifting background and uses explosive moves to dominate offensive linemen in one-on-one situations.
Round 3, Pick 75: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
Running back Kenneth Dixon’s quickness, ability to protect the passer and slippery run style serve as a solid complement to starter Latavius Murray.
The Louisiana Tech prospect carried his offense over four years as the focal point. Despite game plans to stop the dynamic running back, Dixon logged 5,452 all-purpose yards and 87 total touchdowns as a collegian.
Quarterback Derek Carr needs a reliable weapon catching out of the backfield. Dixon could have the best hands among all running backs left in the draft. He’s a smaller scatback type of talent, but he’ll add a new dimension to offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave’s offense.
Oakland may consider Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise at this spot, but Dixon offers more experience and polish as an immediate contributor.
Round 4, Pick 114: K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia
The Raiders can acquire both starting West Virginia safeties from the previous year. K.J. Dillon showed potential to translate into a mid-round steal as a senior without Joseph on the field.
Similar to the Raiders’ first-round pick, Dillon flashes dual capabilities as a coverage safety or an extra defender in run support. As a senior, he logged 6.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions and eight pass breakups.
Though optimistic, it’s never a bad idea to acquire backup support for an injured talent, especially at a thin position on the roster.
Dillon could contribute in dime packages and sharpen his tackling technique on special teams coverage. His developmental traits should raise intrigue as a long-term option at safety after the short-term contracts of Reggie Nelson and Nate Allen expire, per Spotrac.com.
Round 5, Pick 143: Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple
Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich won Defensive Player of the Year honors in the previous season as an all-around menace on the field. Before his recognition as a senior, he led the NCAA in tackles (106) as a sophomore with a true grinder mentality.
Matakevich concluded his four-year collegiate career as the NCAA’s all-time leading tackler with 338 in total.
As a senior, he expanded his impact on the game as a coverage defender, recording five interceptions and five pass breakups. He brings the energy, field awareness and above-average tackling skills to play either inside linebacker in a 3-4 alongside Ben Heeney or weak-side linebacker in 4-3 packages.
He’s not the big, fast or strong physical specimen who wows scouts, but he produces results in a bottom-line business.
Round 5, Pick 154: Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, West Virginia
Similar to the previous draft, Oakland goes with back-to-back linebackers in the fifth round. With the third West Virginia selection, the front office continues to rebuild the weak-side linebacker group.
As a freshman, Nick Kwiatkoski played safety. Then, he converted his body into a sleek linebacker still flashing coverage skills against tight ends trotting downfield. He’s touted for his vicious and reliable tackling ability in the backfield. As a senior, he finished with four sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss.
The Raiders need to stockpile potential substitutes for linebacker Malcolm Smith, who’s entering the final year on his contract. Most importantly, head coach Jack Del Rio stresses leverage and tackling to his players—a skill Kwiatkoski mastered on the collegiate level.
Round 6, Pick 194: Anthony Zettel, DE, Penn State
At 6’4”, 277 pounds, Penn State prospect Anthony Zettel doesn’t check all the boxes as the prototypical 5-technique defensive lineman in size. However, he’s racked up 20 sacks over four seasons as a collegian.
Furthermore, he snatched four interceptions and batted down 14 passes while positioned on the defensive line. While playing in the trenches, it takes above-average athleticism and good hands to touch the football as much as Zettel has through his years at Penn State.
The Raiders could use a defender closer to the line of scrimmage who shows a rare skill in blocking passing lanes in the pocket. Zettel isn’t likely to start, but he can certainly contribute as a rotational player within the front seven.
Round 7, Pick 234: De’Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State
Mississippi State wideout De’Runnya Wilson enters the league with a basketball background dating back to his high school days.
As a big-play wide receiver, approximately 77 percent of his catches resulted in first downs, per Lance Zierlein.
Wilson uses his innate basketball skills to gain an advantageous position over defensive backs. Due to his 6’5”, 224-pound stature, he’s able to outmuscle smaller defenders and create room to run after the catch.
The Mississippi State wideout could translate into a more reliable version of Andre Holmes, who caught zero passes in eight games during the previous season. His contract expires after the 2016 season, and the Raiders will need another go-to target in the red zone on the perimeter.
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