2010 NFL Mock Draft: Oakland Raiders Edition 6.0
It is finally over, Donovan McNabb has been traded.
The thing is he has been traded to the Washington Redskins. For a lot of the Raider Nation this was disappointing.
With that out of the way, it is time to do another mock draft with two trades that can happen soon or on draft weekend. Without further ado, here we go……………..
First Round – Dan Williams, DT Tennessee (6’2”, 327)
SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE!!!
Williams is a big, thick body who sure looks the part. He has an awesome level of production. Moves pretty well for a big guy. He relies on good to very good power as a bull rusher to collapse the pocket. He uses a swim move effectively.
His run defense is his greatest asset to the due to his build, strength and ability to locate the football. Williams has a good burst off the snap to explode into the offensive lineman. He is very tough to move off the line of scrimmage, as he naturally sprawls his feet, keeps his pads low and has the upper-body strength to hold up even to double-teams.
His strength is arguably his best trait.
He has a low center of gravity due to a thick, wide lower body which helps in the leverage battle up front. Good use of hands and good upper-body strength to stack and shed in the running game.
Dan Williams would provide a huge boost to Oakland’s black hole at Nose Tackle. This defense could be very good if the run defense improves and stopping the run is Williams’ calling card. Adding a monster like Williams in the middle will free up Seymour and company to do some serious damage.
Second Round – TRADE: The Oakland Raiders trade the 39th overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens for OT Jared Gaither (6’9”, 340)
Gaither is a young, ascending player and the Ravens' starting left tackle. He has tremendous size, particularly with his extreme height and overall length, to man the blind side. Gaither remains a work in progress but is a punishing finisher in the power blocking scheme. As he gains experience, his hand placement and understanding of his opponent will improve.
The Raiders decide that instead of drafting an OT, they would trade their second-round pick and get a proven one. Jared Gaither is a HUGE (6’9”, 340) tackle that will immediately upgrade the line. He is a true left tackle and this is something that the Raiders need.
Third Round – TRADE: The Oakland Raiders trade the 69th overall pick to the Washington Redskins for QB Jason Campbell (6’5”, 230)
Jason Campbell is a good quarterback that could be a great quarterback if he has the right coaching and a decent offensive line. This guy was sacked 43 times last year and still had a 64.5% completion rate.
Washington has asked that he stay away from the facility as they look for a trade.
This could be the best trade the Raiders have made in years. With the addition of Hue Jackson as the Offensive Coordinator, he could really make Campbell a special player.
Fourth 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's been clocked as fast as 4.50 in the 40-yard dash. 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 quietly pieced together a great Combine, notching a 4.51 40 (fastest for any linebacker), a 39-inch vertical, and 26 reps of 225.
The Raiders draft a linebacker that can play both inside and outside.
Fifth Round – Brandon Carter, OG Texas Tech (6’6”, 329)
He is a massive lineman among the largest prospects in the draft. He is naturally huge all over.
Brandon mashes defenders and mauls until the whistle.
He's surprisingly quick off the ball, and in short spurts, he knows how to push and cannot be overpowered. He's nearly impossible to beat with quickness due to his sheer size and girth.
The Raiders have to get bigger and stronger up front, period. They gave up 45 sacks and were 21st in the league in rushing yards last year.
By drafting this mauler to play right guard, our sacks allowed should go down and our rushing yards should go up.
Let’s face it, this guy was meant to be a Raider. He is also a monster in the run game and a pretty good pass protector. I think this guy will be really good and will work himself into the starting lineup very quickly.
Fifth Round – Crezdon Butler, CB Clemson (6’0”, 191)
Butler shows good football awareness and intelligence, and rarely is out of position. He is tall with long arms and is able to use them to break up passes. He reads the action quickly and is able to anticipate well.
Butler is exceptionally well conditioned and has proven to be a very durable player during his career. He's a physical player who can jam the receiver at the LOS and also come up in run support. Butler shows a nice plant and drive when the action is in front of him. He's a leader and solid citizen.
The Raiders draft a guy who did not have a great senior season but has a lot of potential. He can learn from Nnamdi and should contribute in his rookie season.
Seventh Round – Trindon Holliday, KR/WR LSU (5’5”, 165)
Holliday is the fastest player to ever play college football and ranks among the nation’s elite as a return specialist.
FLAT OUT SPEED!
Oh, and did I say he can run too? Exceptional return skills. He improved as a receiver and may just be able to be a good slot receiver.
The Raiders have to improve their return game and draft a guy that should do just that. He has world-class speed and is a threat to make a big play every time he touches the ball.
Seventh Round Compensatory – Aaron Morgan, DE Louisiana-Monroe (6’4”, 240)
There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of Louisiana-Monroe defensive end Aaron Morgan. Don’t feel bad, because there are probably some NFL teams hoping Morgan remains a secret as well—at least for another six weeks.
Morgan exhibits impressive body control and power when using his long arms to disengage from blocks on contact. He's violent and does a great job working his hands and feet together. He's sudden on contact. He does a nice job dropping his pad level once he gains a step and exhibits impressive closing speed on the ball.
He plays with a great motor and works hard in pursuit. He exhibits impressive closing speed on the ball and can make plays away from his frame. He's a coordinated athlete who showcases the footwork to drop off in coverage and looks comfortable in his back-pedal and changing directions. Morgan plays tough inside and is effective when asked to shoot gaps and penetrate the backfield.
The Raiders are high on this guy because he is a true pass rusher and is also very good at dropping into coverage.
There it is!
I will post one more mock before the draft. Let me know what you think this mock draft.
LET'S GO RAIDERS!!!!