The Senior Bowl is now in the books. While Tim Tebow was at the forefront of the national media focus other prospects did more to help and hurt their draft status.
In two previous mock drafts I've targeted players I felt would help the Raiders moving forward. I based these drafts on player availability and needs. Unfortunately, some the targeted players performed a little too well this week.
While I had hoped Mike Iupati of Idaho would fall to the Raiders in the early second round it now appears that will be an impossibility.
Iupati was arguably the best offensive lineman on the field throughout the week. Whether working outside at tackle or inside at guard, Iupati was dominant. He now appears to be a lock to go inside the first 20 picks.
Kyle Wilson, Daryl Washington, and Vladimir Ducasse were all players I hoped would be available to the Raiders in the third round. That would now be no, no, and maybe.
Wilson was the most consistent corner on the field all week and elevated his status to late first, early second round consideration.
Washington was the best linebacker in coverage and made plays all over the field. He now seems to be a solid second rounder.
Ducasse had his moments, but predictably looked a little raw at times. However, the size and strength he displayed and the fact he can start out at guard while developing his game make him only a slight bet to get to the third round.
Other targeted players who improved their stock this week:
Austen Lane- The Murray State defensive end had a good week of practice and took a fumble to the house on game-day.
Jimmy Graham- The Miami hoopster turned tight end did his best Antonio Gates impression this week while running sharp patterns and catching everything.
Dexter McCluster- The Ole Miss jack-of-all-trades was dynamic in all aspects of the game and is probably now a second rounder.
Cam Thomas- The 330 lb run stuffer has moved from sixth or seventh rounder to possibly going as early as round four.
Taylor Price- My seventh round afterthought, due to his 4.3 speed, went out and blew the scouts away all week with his hands as well as his speed. Price now looks to be a third to fourth rounder.
In short, while it was nice to see some of these players validate my opinions of them, it seems their performances have made a mockery of my early mock drafts! Tone it down at the Combine fellas'.
Also of note, it seems Raiders defensive coaches are enamored with Utah's Koa Misi. You knew he was pictured for a reason, right?
Seems as though Misi, a defensive end moving to linebacker, has impressed throughout the week including the weigh-in.
Misi who was listed at 6' 2", 263 came in an inch taller and twenty pounds lighter. He was fluid in coverage and in drills all week.
Raider defensive coaches talked with him and showed a lot of interest. Misi is projected as a second to third round pick.
In one last note, I think we can all stop worrying about the Raiders drafting Taylor Mays in the first round. With the exception of one big hit Mays had, by most accounts an awful week and his stock is plummeting. Sorry Taylor, but it's always nice to end on a happy note!