Oakland Raiders' Mock Draft and Big Board: Updated Day 3 Predictions
The Raiders’ draft team selected Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward with the No. 44 overall pick and Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun at No. 75.
Head coach Jack Del Rio sat down with local reporters, per the team’s official website, to recap Oakland’s second- and third-round selections. He denied coming into the draft focusing specifically on defensive voids on the roster.
In fairness to Del Rio’s claim, it became a shocker to see Calhoun, a productive edge-rusher, slip through the cracks into the third round.
As far as roster needs, the Raiders have addressed the strong safety and interior defensive lineman positions as expected. Calhoun dropped to No. 75 as a bonus.
Despite ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter’s tweet concerning Ward’s potential pending arthroscopic knee surgery, Del Rio expressed confidence in all three rookies working to earn live snaps in the upcoming season.
In the first round, the Raiders added the presumptive final piece to the secondary with their No. 14 overall pick, safety Karl Joseph. In the second and third rounds, Oakland picked up insurance depth for defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and Aldon Smith; both defensive linemen face uncertainties in their playing time for the 2016 season.
Based on the depth chart and general manager Reggie McKenzie’s word to “get some help,” per CSNBayArea.com reporter Scott Bair, expect the Raiders to draft a running back in Round 4. Beyond that point, the defense needs depth and competition at inside linebacker.
With that said, we’ll go through a final top-100 big board and mock draft for Rounds 4-7. How will Oakland finish off a solid draft class in 2016?
Top-100 Big Board
After three draft rounds, here's the updated top-100 big board for the Raiders. Don't overlook this table as a list of practice squad players and career backups.
Keep in mind that the Raiders selected running back Latavius Murray (sixth round), defensive back T.J. Carrie (seventh round), defensive tackle Justin Ellis (fourth round) and linebacker Ben Heeney (fifth round) in the latter portion of their respective draft classes. There are hidden gems on Day 3. Will McKenzie draft another underrated talent?
|1|| Kenneth Dixon||RB||Louisiana Tech|
|3|| Andrew Billings ||DT|| Baylor |
|4|| Scooby Wright III||LB|| Arizona|
|5|| Tyler Matakevich|| LB|| Temple|
|6|| Jeremy Cash||S|| Duke|
|7|| Alex Collins ||RB||Arkansas|
|8|| Daniel Lasco|| RB||California|
|9||Deon Bush|| S||Florida|
|10||Kelvin Taylor|| RB|| Florida|
|11|| Keith Marshall||RB||Georgia|
|12|| Clayton Fejedelem||S||Illnois|
|14|| Wendell Smallwood||RB|| West Virginia|
|15|| Daniel Braverman||WR||Western Michigansp|
|17|| Vadal Alexander||OG||LSU|
|18||Joshua Perry||LB||Ohio State|
|19|| Sheldon Day||DT||Notre Dame|
|20|| Harlan Miller||CB||Southeastern Louisiana|
|21|| Tre Madden|| RB|| USC|
|22|| DeAndre Elliott|| CB||Colorado State|
|23||Christian Westerman||OG||Arizona State|
|25|| Keenan Reynolds||RB||Navy|
|28||Ronald Blair||DE||Appalachian State|
|30||Victor Ochi||LB||Stony Brook|
|35||LeShaun Sims||CB||Southern Utah|
|37||D.J. Foster||RB||Arizona State|
|39|| Derrick Kindred||S|| TCU|
|42||Ryan Smith||CB||North Carolina Central|
|43||Aaron Burbridge||WR||Michigan State|
|46|| Matt Ioannidis||DT||Temple|
|47|| Dadi Lhomme Nicolas||LB||Virginia Tech|
|48||Kavon Frazier||S||Central Michigan|
|55|| Ka'imi Fairbairn||K||UCLA|
|56|| Doug Middleton||S||Appalachian State|
|57|| Demarcus Robinson||WR||Georgia|
|59|| Deiondre' Hall||CB||Northern Iowa|
|61|| Ross Martin||K||Duke|
|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||Paul McRoberts||WR||Southeast Missouri State|
|73|| Ricardo Louis||WR||Auburn|
|75||Glenn Gronkowski||FB||Kansas State|
|77|| James Cowser||DE||Southern Utah|
|78||Ron Thompson||DE|| Syracuse|
|79|| Romeo Okwara||DE||Notre Dame|
|81||K.J. Dillon||S||West Virginia|
|83||Anthony Zettel||DE||Penn State|
|90|| Aaron Wallace||LB||UCLA|
|92||Miles Killebrew||S||Southern Utah|
|93||Nick Kwiatkoski||LB||West Virginia|
|96||Pharoh Cooper||WR||South Carolina|
|97|| Tyrone Holmes||LB||Montana|
|98||De'Runnya Wilson||WR||Mississippi State|
|100||Brandon Shell||OT||South Carolina|
Round 4, Pick 114: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
As previously mentioned, it’s time to address the running back position. Fortunately for the Raiders, only four running backs have been selected through three rounds.
Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon would serve as the best complementary option in the backfield.
Murray has shown the ability to run in between the tackles and shoot gaps in spurts. However, he’s not the most reliable receiver in the flat and struggles to break runs outside the tackles to add variety to his run tendencies.
On the collegiate level, Dixon developed into a reliable pass-catcher with the ability to accumulate yardage in chunks on the ground. He also flashes more lateral quickness to stretch runs east and west as opposed to a predictable north-south approach through downs.
As a four-year starter, the Louisiana Tech tailback finished his career averaging 5.6 yards per carry with 87 total touchdowns. With scatback qualities, he’s capable of reaching the end zone on any given play as a receiver or ball-carrier.
Round 5, Pick 143: Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan
At this point, Oakland must consider upgrades across the entire roster. In the previous season, the Raiders passing offense ranked No. 6 in touchdown scores, but quarterback Derek Carr needs a bail-out wide receiver.
Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave can design a conservative play and still hit a home run with a skilled speed receiver.
Wideout Daniel Braverman can run quick hitches and comeback routes, which create more high-percentage throwing opportunities. The Western Michigan prospect has the ability to turn a five-yard pitch-and-catch into a 20-yard dash downfield.
Similar to wideout Amari Cooper, Braverman runs disciplined routes and understands how to find holes within zone schemes. At 5’10”, 177 pounds, he’s undersized but flashes above-average field awareness to avoid big hits and take advantage of loose coverage.
Round 5, Pick 154: Scooby Wright III, LB, Arizona
Arizona prospect Scooby Wright’s prior injuries hurt his draft stock, but the former NCAA Defensive Player of Year would add talent and toughness to the inside linebacker position in Oakland.
When healthy, Wright plays unhinged and becomes almost indefensible at the point of attack. His play style mirrors Heeney's. They’re defenders who play with high energy and instincts to track the football.
At the moment, it’s better to acquire another version of Heeney as opposed to handing the second-year linebacker a starting spot by default.
In a 3-4 scheme, Heeney and Wright could roll through the offensive line like wrecking balls to stop the run or pressure quarterbacks in designed blitzes. The Arizona prospect comes into the league with limitations as a coverage defender but shows exceptional ability to record stops at the heart of the defense.
Round 6, Pick 194: Landon Turner, OG, North Carolina
At one point, draft sites projected North Carolina offensive guard Landon Turner as a second- or third-round prospect. Currently, he’s slated to hear his name called in the sixth round, per CBS Sports' rankings.
According to NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein, Turner translates into a one-dimensional mauler on the interior who struggles in pass protection. At 6’4”, 330 pounds, he satisfies the weight requirement to join the Raiders’ massive offensive line known as “Carr Insurance.”
As a three-year starter at the same position, Turner knows his strengths and weaknesses. The coaching staff will likely work on Turner’s footwork, but offensive line coach Mike Tice can utilize the prospect’s gross strength as a reserve interior lineman in case injury strikes during the season.
The Raiders can implement his ability to knock defenders off the line of scrimmage in jumbo packages, goal-line situations and general power-rush schemes.
Round 7, Pick 234: Deiondre' Hall, DB, Northern Iowa
Every year, McKenzie finds a hidden gem in the latter rounds. Northern Iowa doesn’t produce NFL stars on a yearly basis, but Deiondre’ Hall possesses star qualities as a press cornerback who can shift over to safety due to his clean tackling technique and coverage abilities.
Zierlein compared Hall to Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson. It’s high praise, but his skills jump off the film. When extending his arms in coverage, he nets 50-50 throws without giving the defender a chance at the football. At 6’2”, 199 pounds, he can cover bigger receivers and win physical battles on the perimeter.
Whether Hall lines up as a safety or cornerback, he becomes an opportunistic defender who will look to force turnovers. He accumulated 13 interceptions during his collegiate career. Northern Iowa’s low profile has kept him under wraps, but the Raiders can strike gold with him on the roster as an all-purpose defensive back.
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