Oakland Raiders' Mock Draft and Big Board: Updated Day 2 Predictions

Maurice Moton@@MoeMotonFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2016

Oakland Raiders' Mock Draft and Big Board: Updated Day 2 Predictions

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    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.

    ACL repair king Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery on Joseph’s knee. Joseph also sought advice from Los Angles Rams running back Todd Gurley, per MetroNews and WVU Sports reporter Allan Taylor.

    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

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    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.

     

    Oakland Raiders Big Board
     Rank Player Position School
     1 A'Shawn Robinson  DT Alabama
     2 Andrew Billings DT Baylor 
     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
     10 Devontae Booker RB Utah
     11 Jason Spriggs OT Indiana
     12 Deion Jones LB LSU
     13 Mackensie Alexander  CB Clemson
     14 Austin Johnson  DT Penn State
     15 Xavien Howard CB Baylor
     16 Jonathan Williams RB Arkansas
     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
     22 Bronson Kaufusi DE BYU
     23 Christian Westerman OG Arizona State
     24 Shon Coleman OT Auburn
     25 Kenyan Drake RB Alabama
     26 Paul Perkins RB UCLA
     27 Charles Tapper DE Oklahoma
     28 Ronald Blair DE Appalachian State
     29 Jason Fanaika DE Utah
     30 Will Redmond  CB Mississippi State
     31 KeiVarae Russell CB Notre Dame
     32 Jatavis Brown LB Akron
     33 Javon Hargrave DT South Carolina State
     34 Rashard Robinson CB LSU
     35 Maliek Collins DT Nebraska
     36 Jonathan Jones CB Auburn
     37 Daniel Braverman WR Western Michigan
     38 Keyarris Garrett WR Tulsa
     39 Harlan Miller CB Southeastern Louisiana
     40 D.J. Reader DT Clemson
     41 Devon Cajuste WR Stanford
     42 Ryan Smith CB North Carolina Central
     43 Aaron Burbridge WR Michigan State
     44 Kolby Listenbee WR TCU
     45 Eric Murray CB Minnesota
     46 Matt Ioannidis
     DT Temple
     47 Derrick Henry RB Alabama
     48 Max Tuerk C USC
     49 Anthony Brown CB Purdue
     50 Cyrus Jones CB Alabama
     51 Jordan Howard RB Indiana
     52 Evan Boehm C Missouri
     53 Yannick Ngakoue DE/LB Maryland
     54 James Bradberry CB Samford
     55 Michael Thomas WR Ohio State
     56 Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame
     57 Sterling Shepard WR Oklahoma
     58 Sheldon Day DT Notre Dame
     59 Leonte Carroo WR Rutgers
     60 Scooby Wright III LB Arizona 
     61 Adolphus Washington DT Ohio State
     62 Kentrell Brothers LB Missouri
     63 Alex Collins  RB Arkansas
     64 Jack Allen
     C Michigan State 
     65 Austin Blythe C Iowa
     66 De'Vondre Campbell LB Minnesota
     67 Aaron Wallace
     LB UCLA
     68 Kalan Reed
     CB Southern Mississippi
     69 Rashard Higgins WR Colorado State
     70 Vadal Alexander OG LSU
     71 Joe Dahl OG Washington State
     72 Isaac Seumalo OG Oregon State
     73 Kamalei Correa LB Boise State
     74 Connor McGovern OG Missouri
     75 Tyler Matakevich LB Temple
     76 Kevin Byard S Middle Tennessee State
     77 Roberto Aguayo  K Florida State
     78 Sean Davis CB Maryland
     79 Le'Raven Clark OT Texas Tech
     80 Deiondre' Hall CB Northern Iowa
     81 K.J. Dillon S West Virginia
     82 Joe Schobert LB Wisconsin
     83 Anthony Zettel DE Penn State
     84 Kenny Lawler WR California
     85 Nick Vigil LB Utah State
     86 Eric Striker LB Oklahoma
     87 John Theus  OT Georgia
     88 Zack Sanchez CB Oklahoma
     89 Dominique Alexander LB Oklahoma
     90 Rees Odhiambo OL Boise State
     91 Jayron Kearse S Clemson
     92 Miles Killebrew S Southern Utah
     93 Nick Kwiatkoski LB West Virginia
     94 Kyle Friend C Temple
     95 Jared Norris LB Utah
     96 Pharoh Cooper WR South Carolina 
     97 Jihad Ward DE Illinois
     98 De'Runnya Wilson WR Mississippi State
     99 Ian Seau DE Nevada
     100 Brandon Shell  OT South Carolina

     

Round 2, Pick 44: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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