Over the last few weeks I have looked at quite a few mock drafts. Most of them were very poorly done or they were picks that made no since at all. I have read the cruel and nasty post about the team and Mr. Davis. I decided that enough was enough and I am putting together a mock draft that I think does several things. It addresses the team's needs and athleticism that is desired by the Raiders. Here we go..........................
Campbell certainly has the frame and athleticism to be something special at 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds. What really held him back this year were multiple injuries, including turf toe and an issue with his medial collateral ligament. He will move into the LT and M. Henderson can move over to RT. Big upgrade!!!
Jones is one of those guys that if we landed in the draft, I'd throw a party over. He's been very consistent in his career at Syracuse. His name was tossed around last year, but he decided to return for his senior season. He attracts a lot of double teams in college, but applies constant pressure. He's a very good run defender with impressive strength and ball awareness. State wrestling champ who understands leverage and uses his knowledge and experience on every snap. He will be a HUGE help stopping the run.
Washington was an All-American in 2009 as the Horned Frogs (12-1) won the Mountain West Conference championship and made their first BCS appearance. Washington led TCU with 109 tackles, the most stops by a Horned Frog since 2004 (Martin Patterson, 131). Washington was a Dick Butkus Award semifinalist. His 11 tackles for loss, including 3 1/2 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, placed second on TCU behind only Hughes. With the chance of the team losing one or both of its starting LBs, Mr. Washington will fit right in.
Ducasse, an agile 6-foot-5, 330-pounder, is a road grinder. He played OT and OG while at UMASS. I see him at ROG but also able to move to OT in an emergency situation. He is a flat out mauler and will start from day 1. With him and Campbell added to the O-Line, LOOKOUT!!!!!
This guy can flat out FLY!!!!!!!! The return game, both kick and punt returns were way below average last year. Mr. Ford will be a GREAT returner and comes with an added bonus, he is a football player that just happened to excel at track, not the other way around.
He is an instinctive defender, quick and alert in zone coverage, and has the athleticism to handle man coverage. With excellent vertical speed (4.49) and agility that enable him to make something happen on the secondary, he is a versatile athlete who is capable of playing in various schemes. He also has good recovery speed and gets into the pile to assist in tackles. The team needs some depth at CB. This pick will help in the nickel and dime formations. I can also see the team bringing in a veteran through free agency as well.
An agile pass-rusher, Witen needs to elevate his game into becoming a more effective stopper against the run. He has a motor that does not stop and may be switched to an OLB in the NFL. I like this kid because he is a hard worker, mature and will do whatever is asked of him. I watched several of his games and I can say without a doubt, he can get after the quarterback.
Washington has great size (6’6 ¼, 302), athletic ability, and the body type that scouts look for. Despite a little stiffness, he moves very well, has a presence about him, and is a solid pass blocker, which will make him an ideal left tackle prospect. He earned 1st team All-America honors and LSC Offensive Lineman of the Year plaudits last year for his consistent play. This pick will be a development pick. When the team picked Mario Henderson, it took him a few years to develop. I think Washington will take a year or two but has a much larger upside than Henderson. This guy plays with a mean streak!!
Winning starts with guys up front on both sides of the ball. I think these additions will go a LONG way with helping the team to uphold their moto,
"Just Win Baby"