2010 Mock Draft: Oakland Raiders Edition 3.0
The NFL Combine and Draft are fast approaching. We are all waiting to see how these guys will perform and which team will draft them.
With this in mind, I decided that I was going to do one more mock before these two events took place.
I want to start this one a little differently. So, here we go...........................
Free Agent Acquired: Dunta Robinson
When the Texans decide they are not going to franchise Robinson, the Raiders move in and sign him to a three-year deal.
Adding Mr. Robinson to play opposite Mr. Asomugha will be something to see.
Dunta had a really off year but I think having Nnamdi pushing him, he will return to Pro Bowl form.
First Round - Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Davis is an outstanding run blocker and likely projects as a great tackle in the NFL. His size is excellent as well, coming in at 6′6″ and 325 pounds.
Davis has been a starter from day one at Rutgers and earned a spot on the All Big East team this season.
He is very athletic and light on his feet. Pass protects well enough to be a left tackle at the next level and has the raw tools to run block well enough to be a right tackle.
This guy will be a starter from day one.
2nd Round – Cam Thomas, DT, North Carolina (6’4”, 331)
The Raiders take the guy who is flying up everyone's draft board. He is the run stopper that they have been looking for and will be a HUGE asset to the defense.
Thomas is a big, strong interior lineman who shows surprising athleticism.
While he is on the tall side for a DT/NT prospect, he does have a lot of power in his lower body and can collapse the pocket.
He has a lot of experience and shows good read-and-react skills. He is surprisingly athletic for a big man and shows good backside pursuit.
He is a relentless player who keeps after the play until the whistle blows. He is a durable player who played through an ankle sprain as a redshirt sophomore.
Added value because of versatility: he's best suited as a 4-3 NT.
3rd Round – Greg Hardy, DE Mississippi (6’5”, 280)
The Raiders get a gift when Hardy falls to them due to injury.
When healthy, Hardy is a dominant force, as demonstrated by the 64 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks he posted in only 10 games his junior season.
He finished the 2009 season with only 16 tackles (including 6.5 tackles for loss and five sacks) through nine games.
Hardy's ability to collapse the pocket (26.5 career sacks and seven forced fumbles) is certainly intriguing, but teams will have a hard time assigning a top 50 grade to a player unable to finish a single full season of college football.
If he can stay healthy, this will be a steal and a great addition to the team.
Last year one of the biggest problems was not getting constant pressure on the opposing quarterback. Hardy will help change that.
3rd Round – John Jerry, OG Mississippi (6’6”, 325)
Jerry is a massive lineman among the largest prospects in the draft; he is naturally huge all over.
Mashes defenders and mauls until the whistle. Surprisingly quick off the ball and in short spurts. Gets push and can sustain in a limited area.
He can run within the tackle box. Hard to beat with quickness due to his sheer size & girth and he cannot be overpowered.
He played in the SEC and saw action at both Guard and Tackle during his college career. He is a prototypical mauler with rare size who should excel in a power offense.
With the Raiders going back to the power running game (Rumored that is what Mr. Davis wants to do), Jerry will be moved into the Right Guard position immediately and now the offensive line is a good one.
Think about it, on the left side, Davis and Gallery, on the right side, Henderson and Jerry. This will improve the running game and passing game.
4th Round – Perry Riley, OLB LSU (6’1”, 245)
Riley has good size at 6'1 and 245 pounds. He has the look of an inside linebacker.
Riley also has good speed and has been clocked as fast as 4.53 in the 40-yard dash, although he generally runs that distance in around 4.60.
He played weakside linebacker in Baton Rouge. This guy is very athletic and a perfect fit for the defensive scheme the Raiders run.
He will add depth and can help if the Raiders do not sign all of their starters.
5th Round – Jeffery Owens, DT Georgia (6’1”, 304)
Owens is 6’1'' and 304 pounds and he can run under 4.9 in the 40-yard-dash. It's not like Owens needs any more experience to go along with those physical assets.
He started 11 games as a sophomore and all 13 of the Bulldogs' games as a junior last year.
Owens has never been a stat machine, but NFL scouts will appreciate the fact that he can line up at either tackle or end.
The main concern, of course, is durability. Owens is very strong (Bench presses 525 pounds). The Raiders add a guy who can play both DE and DT.
He is very good against the run and can get after the quarterback when asked to.
5th Round – Jamar Chaney, ILB Mississippi State (6’1”, 241)
A versatile linebacker who can play inside and outside, Chaney has good size at 6'1'' and 240 pounds. He has been clocked as fast as 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, although he generally runs a 4.60.
Chaney is quick, agile, and after starting his collegiate career on the outside, he moved to middle linebacker for his last two years.
While the injury history is a bit of a concern, Chaney all but put those questions to rest thanks to his bounce-back performance in 2009.
He is a very good addition and adds some depth at the LB position and special teams.
7th Round Pick – Kelton Tindal, WR, Newberry (6’2”, 197)
This kid has great hands, may be the fastest player to ever run at the combine and is very quick. He has been clocked as fast as a 4.16 in the 40 and is every bit as quick.
His main problem is his bulk and that he has very little competition.
He needs a little work on his rout running and his ability to go up and get the ball at its highest point, but a year of NFL coaching and a year in an NFL weight training program should do LOADS for him.
He has a rare combination of blazing speed and athleticism that typically you can’t find on a regular basis. He made only 33 receptions for 437 yards (13.2) and 4 TD’s.
He also carried the ball 11 times for 54 yards. This guy is what the Raiders offense calls for. He can really stretch the field.
7th Round Compensatory Pick – John Conner, FB, Kentucky (5’11”, 240)
This guy is a linebacker’s nightmare. He is big, quick and he hits like a Mack truck.
He has good hands and will catch the ball. He is a fullback that likes to clear the road for the running backs.
His nickname in school was “The Terminator.”
There it is!
Raider Nation, I really want to hear from you so please share your opinion and leave some feedback.
I will complete another mock after the NFL Combine. I look forward to hearing from you all.