I was putting together a mock draft based on the Raiders' needs when a thought entered my mind.
Many have done the same thing already. All Raider fans can recognize team needs. All Raider fans have players in mind we'd love to see wear the silver and black. None of this really matters. Al is going to draft who he wants.
So I've attempted to get in Al's head and what follows is the Al Davis Mock Draft 1.0:
The USC safety will light up the combine and Al won't be able to contain himself. He's big, fast and Al will rationalize that he can always move Huff to corner or Mays to OLB. Besides, if he doesn't take him, one of the 24 teams drafting behind him will!
The Murray State DE will measure in at 6'6" and hit the scale at about 260 lbs. He also will run the forty in under 4.6 seconds. This is one of those I'm Al, I'm the smartest guy in the room picks. It's a reach, but this kid can play a bit.
The Clemson WR/KR was also the NCAA indoor 60m champ. He's 5'9" and 175lbs, but is built more like a football player than a track guy. Once again, Al can't resist, but at least he fills a need in the return game.
The LA Tech DT will come in at 6'2" and 300 lbs and crack 4.9 in the forty. Al finally addresses the defensive interior with an athletic kid with some upside.
Wang is a 6'5" 300lb tackle out of Virginia Tech. He has some game but commits a lot of penalties and makes some mental mistakes. He runs a 4.9 though, and Al thinks the Raiders can coach him up!
I don't know anything about this kid other than he's 6'8" and 321 lbs. and runs a 4.89 forty.
Neither does Al!
That being said, he takes the small college All-American tackle from Hillsdale anyway, because with that size and speed he could be the steal of the draft!
The Ohio WR has good size at 6'1" and 212 lbs. He also will run a 4.3 forty.
He also disappears for long stretches of time in game situations. He's also Darius Heyward-Bey's long lost brother!
Ok, I made the last one up.
Similar player to DHB though, and this year Al gets him in the 7th round!
There we go Raider fans!
What do you think? I think you have your typical Al Davis draft. A first round reach who may or may not pan out and a few potential gems in the later rounds.
It may not turn out like this, but one thing is certain with Al at the controls. Even when you know, you never know!