Ok, guys this is my updated mock draft version 2.0, with a twist I say because Al Davis is unpredictable when drafting and the common denominator is height-weight and speed ratio as Mike Mayock stated of Al Davis. Therefore, please don't be shocked come draft day if we are scratching our head wondering why we picked a particular player over another. Need vs Value, I will expand on a bit as we go through each round scenario, hope you enjoy it as much as I spent hours researching different picks consistent with our team needs, here we go, we are on the clock!, with the first pick in round one the Oakland Raiders select...
OK, guys, let me hear the roars...ahhgahh!! no!!!! wait a minute though hold on for a second, lets take an in depth look at this pick. Six foot three, 235 pounds of pure toughness coming at you at 4.3-4.4 speed with a knack in delivering the hardest hits against running backs and WRs who dare cross his turf!! See for yourself on youtube. Now here is the rational behind this pick: (when we already got Huff, Branch, Mitchell, and Eugene, I know...but...) first of all Taylor Mays is rare talent a "super freak," if you will that doesn't come around very often,(in fact the closest player to him would be the late Sean Taylor R.I.P from the Redskins) described as a linebacker with corner back speed, the second coming of Jack Tatum? or a Ronnie Lott? type caliber player. OK then what do we do with Huff? or Mike Mitchell, well because Michael Huff is a very special talented player with very good cover skills ala Asomougha (converted from safety to corner) then we convert Huff to corner, and also could play in our "Wolverine" package, remember that? when we would use Charles Woodson in that role, playing center field as an extra safety, plus Huff could also sub in in case of injury to any of our current CB starters or perhaps beat out Chris Johnson as the No. 2 CB? Either way he won't be wasted on the sideline, there is nickel and dime packages as well. Now what about Mike Mitchell? Well he is still developing and a solid SS at No. 2, he also has good closing speed and cover skills, dime packages, (we are getting real big in our secondary, but we need this to stay competitive with an ever growing WRs and backs becoming stronger and harder to tackle), Lastly Taylor Mays is so athletic and big that he could possibly play outside linebacker, he definitely has the physical attributes, though unlikely but again with Al Davis you never know, after all look at Trevor Scott went from tight end in college to defensive end, to linebacker right? So we not only significantly improve our SS position here but we just added converted Huff to corner back a position of great need! I like Branch as our Free Safety and big Taylor Mays as our Strong Safety, lets pump fear into opposing teams thinking about sending their WR or RBs and punish them as they go across or over the middle, plus a big safety like Mays will bolster our run support, its hard to swallow the image of Hiram Eugene getting pushed aside like a rag doll against the Ravens in our last game of the season. In fact we could probably cut him or assign him to special teams.
Despite that we have converted Michael Huff into a cornerback, we still lack major depth at the cornerback position, all you have to do is look at our depth chart, we were playing with three corners...last year, four if you count Holland, but Holland should stick to WR. Ridiculous, when every other team has at least four, more like five corners on their depth chart. Remember, we have become a pass happy league where four and five WR sets are not uncommon, hey were going to be doing that too. Therefore, we need this guy, this really is a need pick even after the previous scenario, because he could be groomed by Asomougha who is in his prime right now, then why not bring in another stud to learn from the best, Cox is a beast, he comes in at six feet, 200 pounds, super quick, fast, 4.4 speed, with some serious hops, long arms, plus the guy has great field vision, he returns punts...peep game here
I say in a year or two (or maybe instant starter? he could, he's got game, and the script on him is that he is excellent in press man coverage which all Raider fans know, is a requirement to play corner here) he could be our No. 2 starting corner back. If he isn't there in the second round, which is a possibility, Dominic Franks is another option with similar physical attributes if he isn't there then we take a CB in the fourth round instead, I was looking at either Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana PA, 6-2, 205, 4.48 speed, or Myron Lewis, Vanderbilt, 6-2, 205, 4.52 speed( Terry Mcdaniels mold from back in the day). I didn't see anyone else with the Height Weight Speed Ratio thereafter until the latter rounds, whereas they project as 3rd-4th round picks, remember though after the senior bowl, NFL combine, and college pro day, that some prospects will rise, and some will fall. If both Cox and Franks are both off the board when we pick then we should take Everson Griffin DE from USC, is another "super freak," with superior speed reportedly runs 4.5 speed at 6ft,"3, 278 pounds of rage charging at you, if not there another option is DE Jason Pierre-Paul 6ft-6," 265pounds, (4.64 speed) University South Florida. Another "super freak," with unbelievable speed burst and really long arms, whom fits the Al Davis Mold. Though we definitely need defensive ends that got speed to disrupt the backfield, if I had to pick between Griffen or Pierre- Paul, I would take Griffen because he is more stout against the run, something we have been lacking and plagued by for way too long.
What can I say, this pick could go either way.
We can DT, OL too, but remember we got two third round picks, and this guy will be gone by the third round, so we nab him now at the top of the third. He has an excellent HWS ratio once again, what Al Davis loves, and actually he is a really good linebacker with excellent coverage skills and quickly reacts to the ball, with tremendous speed, reportedly runs at 4.5 speed, 6ft."3, 235 pounds, with room to add more muscle on his frame. He projects as an early third round or maybe even late second. If he is not there when we pick we could also go DT here and grab our nose tackle, I like Torrell Troup 6ft, 320 pounds from University Florida Central, he is very tough against the run and controls the line of scrimmage, a true nose tackle, very strong. Here is a little snippet on him "A two-time All-Conference USA pick as a double-team devouring nose tackle, allowing UCF to post some spectacular team defensive numbers. He started 39 of his 47 career games played and 105 tackles, 24 of which were for a loss. He was the team captain as a senior helping the Knights to a St. Petersburg Bowl bid. He was also a starter on UCF's 2007 Conference USA Championship team which played in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
He was selected to play in the East-West Shrine game after the season. (
If we do indeed go DT here, another option is Tyson Alualu from Cal, whom I had previously described as a monster in my original mock version 1.0, whom also projects as a third round. I don't think linebacker Sean Weatherspoon from Missouri will be available in the third round, but if for some reason he is, then we take him, an excellent prototype outside linebacker with consistency making tackles and flying to the ball, I highly doubt it though, he will be gone by the second round. In sum, linebacker is the pick here because, both of our linebacker positions, Howard and Morrison are free agents this year, and its possible we lose one of them, therefore we do have a big need here and lack depth, Ricky Brown is also injury prone and more suited for special teams and or a reserve role. I like Alston's speed and athleticism( plus he did get bigger added about 15 pounds of muscle last offseason and didn't impact his speed) but regardless we need depth here, and really I rather have Trevor Scott gain 30 pounds of muscle and play defensive end rotating with Richardson, I think he would have a nice burst off the edge and enough increased power to take on the elite tackles of other teams.
Sorry guys there weren't any images here within Bleacher for me to paste, but below is the official link to the UMass website profile on him, plus a bleacher columnist previously did a nice profile on him which has a picture of him there (see below bottom for links).
What I can tell you is this prospect has great physical attributes(6'5" 330 pounds) and projects to the NFL level as a guard or right tackle, hint—Cooper Carlise and or Cornel Green's spot. UMass is not a college you hear in the news, I think that's the reason why he may drop into the middle rounds, but any prudent NFL team will take him in the third and wouldn't surprise me if he went even sooner, because he is a very talented young OL prospect. Notice hear that he isn't your typical ZB zone blocking mold type player in terms of weight, but he has light feet, hence the reason why he is getting attention from NFL scouts, besides I am leaning on going back to the power blocking linemen with more muscle and mass to plow and knock the opposition out of the way, maulers with quick feet, good pass protectors as well, to help our regressed running game and keep our QB upright. If Ducasse isn't there, then Kyle Calloway (third round projection) from Iowa if he's there, overshadowed in Iowa because of first round prospect OT Bryan Bulaga, but equally as good. If he isn't there OT Ciron Black from LSU then is the pick. (whom is excellent with great size) Honestly either Black or Ducasse here would be a good pick. Since we really need two OLine players to replace Carlise and Green.
Six foot five and 325 pounds, he is a mauler with quick feet, strong punch, a superior upgrade over our current right tackle.
We should definitely improve our pass and run game with Ciron Black on the line. Remember we can pull the trigger either for him in our second third round pick instead of Vladimir Duccasse also, and hope Duccasse falls to the fourth round.
I think Black may pan out better since right tackle is more a pressing need, and has gone against more reputable or stout competition in the SEC. So these picks could be flip flopped. However if we are unable to land Duccass (we should be able to at least get one of them), there's another guy though named John Jerry OG Mississippi—6' 5" 350pounds—whom we should take a look at, a mammoth guard that crushes linebackers, well groomed from NFL bloodlines. Right now he is projected as a fifth round pick however. If that were to happen, then we take Black in the third round, and use our fourth round to take another linebacker—see next slide.
OK, this guy is super fast and gets off blocks very well, impressive physical attributes standing 6'1", 248 pounds, reportedly runs at 4.5 speed. Here is a good profile (scroll to bottom once there) on him.
What I like most about him, is that he would give us a physical presence, dominance, punishing running backs and others alike, which is another area we have been lacking. Plus we need linebacker depth remember my previous analysis regarding our current starters and renegotiation of their contracts, etc. I know he is projected as a seventh round pick on the above website, which would be quite a reach, but then again most picks after the fourth round are usually hit or miss, though we have been doing really well the last few years in finding hidden gems in the latter rounds. A second option for a linebacker with similar features but may or may not be around in the fifth round is Jason Worilds (currently projecting to go in the fourth round) linebacker from Virgina Tech 6;2", 4.4 speed, 252 pounds. His profile with some analysis is also available there on the same link as above.
OK, before you guys unload on me with criticism, I know that we are loaded at running back already, however, this guy is the real deal.
So what that he lost his temper in one game, which apparently has impacted his draft stock (good for us, because it increases our chances of landing him, remember we are the Oakland Raiders and we take diamonds in the rough when other teams see damaged goods, i.e. Michael Bush).
The bottom line is this guy is a beast on wheels at 6'2", 240 pounds and reportedly runs at 4.5 speed. What I liked about his style of running is that he has really good feet and lateral agility, and is deceptively elusive, plowing over linebackers and wiping out DB's, if we are even lucky to grab him here this late, he would be this year's steal of the draft, think Michael Bush, now imagine to big bad bruisers with nimble feet, Blount cuts really good in the open field, and has a real nose for the endzone, very hard to stop and has breakaway speed, check out his youtube clips on him. Ok now for the critics, yes we got Mcfadden, Bush, and Fargas, however Fargas and Mcfadden seem to be injury prone, and in this new era of more and more stronger opposing fronts with linebackers smacking running backs, I say why not? you could never have enough of a healthy stock of running backs, especially with this skill set, we would truly kill opposing teams, and as a last resort or necessity, we could always release Fargas or trade him for another draft pick(s). The more weapons on offense the more nightmares we could dish out and I don't have any problems trampling over any opposing teams/fans feelings do you? Further, Blount is quick and big enough that he could play fullback, (we need a fullback anyway!) imagine that, him and Bush in our "big" set with double tight ends, Blount's paving the way, touchdown! Bush runs off tackle right side...touchdown, The reality is Blount wil most likely be selected between the second and fourth rounds, I would even take him as fourth maybe even third round. Remember early on before he had sucker punched a Boise State Bronco, he was projecting as an earlier round pick possibly second round, so definitely a Michael Bush-esque type scenario.
Ok, if I am just dreaming of a duo powerback with Blount and Bush then we take the best DT here, I like Vince Oghobaase (Duke )6'5" 305lbs, has great upper body strength, long muscular arms (could develop his lower body muscle mass more to assist him, definitely has frame to do so) and is very athletic and difficult to block reminds me of a young Tommy Kelly with plenty of upside, would only improve with veterans to learn from such as Kelly and hopefully Semour and company. Another option is Linval Joseph East Carolina University who is a huge true nose tackle at 6'6", 322, and dominates his opponents consistently and a knack for making tackles for losses.
I just added a picture of USC DE Everson Griffen for illustration purposes here only.
What we need to walk away from in this draft with is at least two Olineman or even three, and at least one NT or even another DT/DE to groom, and at least one CB, one linebacker or two would be ideal. The deeper we go through this draft the more difficult it is to choose, because since selections are predicated on whether or not team needs vs value picks were addressed and desired targets available (usually rounds one to three are need picks and the rest could be labeled as value picks, while looking for hidden gems, i.e Louis Murphy) obviously priority should be given to team needs first, but Al Davis doesn't always follow this format as its widely known, hence the reason I have Taylor Mays in the first round ( a luxury pick than need) Then depending on whether or not we are able to choose our target in the second round Perrish Cox or the next HWS(Height Weight Speed) ratio prospect at Corner than we address it again in the fourth round where good quality of players are still lingering around, think WR Murphy last year's steal of the draft for us. Then we take a DE, if neither Corner is there, Everson Griffen "Super Freak," if he is there could be...or Jason Pierre Paul, they could still be there, we pull the trigger, and now of a sudden we got an edge speed rush on our line. In or third round, depending on whether or not we get our linebacker Daryl Washington, if not and we get Terrell Troup (NT) or Tyson Alualu (DT), then maybe we don't take Cam Thomas from UNC as a nose tackle in our late picks, if we get Troup in the mid round?, you see what I am saying it all depends on how it plays out thereafter which will dictate the picks a bit more. And instead don't use our last pick for another DT, especially if we are able to draft DT Vince Oghobaase from Duke , 6'5" 305lbs; or NT Linval Joseph from ECU 6'6" 322. We really could do with one new DT, obviously preferring a NT since we really don't have true NT, Sands never panned out, and Warren gets muscled out of the way to often leaving gaping holes in our hearts, I know you guys are tired of seeing this too. Check this out, if we do end up getting Eversen Griffen or Jason Pierre-Paul as our new DE, then I say move Seymour (assuming we are able to re-sign him) inside to DT, and let Griffen or whomever is the new draftee here start there, we replace Warren with our new NT, and now we got either Troup, Alualu or one of the latter mentions, plus Kelly, Seymour and on the other end positon, well remember I said Scott should gain some mass, yeah, now we got a pass rush with some stoutness in the middle, which means no more gashing runs cutting our throats, Scott can come in on passing downs, Shaughnessy and Richardson can rotate in or whoever wins out the spot during training camp, I really like Shaughnessy, has alot of upside, really stout, just think he needs to gain a bit more muscle (probably about no less than 10 pounds, ideally another 15 to 20 would help him out tremendously) to maintain his point of attack and not lose leverage against some of the bigger tackles in the league, but he did have a nice rookie year. Richardson, I really like him too, although he did start for while a couple of seasons ago, I think has improved and is continuing to improve and just hasn't yet been given the opportunity since his improvement to determine how much better he is? The trend here, is that I am more for molding and starting our younger players on our line except for Kelly and Seymour. Under these draft selection scenarios, I think guys like DT Joseph, and Warren are released. Lastly here are some names that could end up as a seventh round picks for us or another team, or even like us to sign at least one or more, for sure a trio especially if we weren't able to get the linebackers we wanted, these guys are under the radar because they are from smaller colleges, but have huge upside, they certainly have the physical attributes, if nothing else we could improve our special teams unit with some of the following oh here is one more name, in the event we don't get at least two O-linemen, here's a prospect that had good remarks.. from Iowa State; Reggie Stephens 6'3" 335 pounds. Also Sergio Render from Virgina Tech is another option in the fifth round. Here is my list of noteworthy prospects I reviewed that grabbed my attention and could be excellent free agent pickups or latter round picks. Most of them were linebackers since that is an area we have a need at and looking for value; Another value pick is AJ Wallace from Penn State, good size for corner who is six-foot tall and 198 pounds, reportedly runs 4.4, and added value as a kick off and punt returner as well, our special teams net return yards was weak, I know Nick Miller our speed burner from South Utah had his shins chipped and never got a chance this season to produce but I say AJ Wallace wouldn't be a bad choice at all, remember we need depth at certain positions, and multi-faceted players with added value as such, are a bonus, i.e. Legarrett Blount.
Hope you enjoyed this in depth look at this years draft through a passionate Oakland raiders fan perspective with a unique twist ala Al Davis' given unpredictability. Go Raidahs!!!!
LB BorisLee; troy
DE; o'brien schofield; ;wisconsin
CB; Chris Cook, 6ft '2, 210 pounds, UVA.
LB; Deron Minor; mcneese st**
LB; Jacque Roman; Appalachian State Universit
CB; Cortez Gilbert; Appalachian State
OLB; Justin Cole; San Jose St
LB; jason worilds; virgina tech 6ft 2, 4.4 speed, 252 pounds.**
LB stevenson sylvester ; utah lb* ( 6ft 2" 230, very fast)**
LB larry hart; central ark. lb ( 4.5 speed, 6ft. 248)*
LB; lardester hicks-green- delta st.
LB dekoda watson ; florida st.( 6ft, 3") 221 pds. very fast**
LB thaddeus gibson; ohio state, 6ft 2' 240, 4.5 speed (mid round pick)
LB sam maxwell; kentucky