With the eighth pick in the 2010 draft the Oakland Raiders select....!@*%$#@!
We don't have a sixth round pick.
In this draft, two O-linemen, two DT, one linebacker, one SS, one CB, one RB, are selected, I present to you what I see would be the best choices and improvising in hypothetical scenarios.
The main glaring needs are obviously O-line and D-line, linebackers on back to secondary. The steal of the draft though is the unsung star RB I have selected in the fifth round.
You decide tell me what you think? Good? Bad? No way!! Also check out my previous mock draft versions 1.0 & 2.0, see more in depth rationale behind each pick, and more what if scenarios with way more alternate picks. Hope you enjoy, go Raidahs!
Several things a beast like Mays brings against adversaries on the playing field, fear and dominance. A player that shoots out like a missle seeking destruction upon contact, at 230 pounds, faster than all DB's at this years combine. Will elevate our game in run support crushing running backs trying to escape raider speed tidal wave pursuit. Will create nightmares and shivering amongst opposing wide receivers whom will not want to go over the middle, otherwise they will pay with crippling damage. Mays as our SS and Mitchell as our FS. Huff converts to CB as No. 2 or three; nickel & dime packages, wolverine (three safeties). Branch stays on special teams or backup either position. Mays at 230 pounds and Mitchell at 220 = 450 pounds of raider speed exploding shrapnel chopping down the opposition. Pboom!!! Shaaaaz ahh! I don't care what anybody says, I already know our o-line has big holes to fill, but when you got a unique player with the physical attributes of a linebacker combined with rare freakish raider cornerback speed, with this type of impact, I think its going to be real tough for Al (loves speed) Davis to pass up. We will see, if not remember when Taylor Mays is murdering our WRs. West Coasting.
"Pass blocking: Adept at the shotgun snap. Good quickness and accuracy in firing the snap back and catching the defensive tackle. Stout at the point of attack. Quick, accurate hand placement and impressive strength to handle the bull rush. Big and strong enough to handle the nose guard one on one. Good lateral agility and balance to handle quicker defensive tackles. Keeps his head on a swivel and looks to help his teammates.
Run blocking: Rare combination of size, leverage and power as a drive blocker. Stays low and gets under the pads of his opponent to move him off the line of scrimmage. Very good combination blocker; capable of helping out the guard initially on the double-team and releasing to get to the second level. Good quickness, balance for the trap block. Plays with some nastiness. Looks to pancake his opponent when he feels he's off-balance. Good effort to sustain. Finishes the block.
Pulling/trapping: Not often asked to pull from the center position in this offense, but was asked to do this some as a freshman at right guard. Quick out of his stance and has the straight-line speed and balance to get out in front of the back. Good recognition to find his target and has the body control to adjust to the smaller opponent. Can be a punishing trap blocker. Good quickness and explodes into his opponent to knock him out of the play.
Initial Quickness: One of his best traits. Capable of making the accurate snap and still get his hands up quickly to catch the defensive tackle without losing much ground. Explosiveness as a trap blocker is impressive.
Downfield: Good, not grea,t speed to get to the second level. Good balance and agility to hit the moving target. Hustles downfield and looks for someone to hit.
Intangibles: Intelligent. Made all the line calls for Gators. Showed his toughness by starting in the 2009-10 Sugar Bowl only hours after receiving four bags of IV fluids and being treated for kidney stones. Underwent a CT scan that showed no obstruction in his kidneys and was cleared to play. Identical twin, Mike, plays right guard for the Gators and elected to return for his senior season," (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1273188?tag=pageRow;pageContainer).
What more can I say? He can play any position on the line, an added value and, oh yeah, he is the best rated center in this draft. I don't think he will last until the raiders pick but again, I will keep my fingers crossed. Another alternate equally as good, perhaps even better, is USC LT Charles Brown. Or if Bruce Campbell (the knock on Cambell despite his freakish build and impressive combine results, is his game tape leaves huge question marks which doesn't substantiate himself the same as on paper equals risky pick to take at No. 8, could be bust potential, although he has huge upside) slides this far grab him, I highly doubt it though. Other possibilities USC DE Eversen Griffen, Or Michagan Wolverine DE Brandon Graham. Any of these picks would be an instant pass rush upgrade, then we could move Seymour inside, pairing Shaugenessy with Griffen or Graham.
This player was the fastest linebacker in his group, has good size at 6'2, 226, was up at 240 during this years combine, look at all his stats in each positional drill and you will quickly realize he blew away all of the competition, has a 40 inch vertical, he won in every category, by quite a margin in some.
(see yourself http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings/TSX/2010_OLB) Hopefully we can snatch him up here in this round, before another team does, he is an impact explosive player, 4.5 speed, I assure you he is on Al Davis's radar, plus it fills a position of need.
* substitution pick, if this guy is gone already, take DT Tyson Alualu (Cal) if gone then DT Torrell Troupe (UCF). If this happens then we pick up a linebacker in fourth round.
A playmaker that should thrive in man coverage, long arms, good burst of closing speed, good size, 6'0, 200 pounds, ran 4.53 on his pro-day. Another option is CB Walter Thumond (Oregon) projected as a third round pick, could slide to us due to a pelvic injury went on injure reserve, word is he is rehabbing ahead of schedule. Thurmond is evaluated a strong man coverage player with experience this style coming out of Oregon state ducks program.
Both of these players have a pro man coverage ability, however Cox may not be chosen even if available, he may not have "Raider" speed, I believe Al Davis likes his corner's at sub 4.5 speed, more in the 4.4 range or less. * Another player to keep an eye on is Akwasi Owusu-Ansah—Indiana (PA), also should be taken here if available.
If scenario described in round three happens, then we take ILB Jamar Chaney (Mississippi State) he has Raider speed, and scored the highest best times in his class in this years combine. Good size 6'1, 240 pounds, apparently Raiders linebacker's coach has already interviewed Chaney, there is a strong chance we will take him at the right spot. If we do end up doing this, then we don't take any cornerbacks this year, remember I said we are converting Michael Huff to corner anyway, so we will still have four corners total or we could always pick one up in the last round maybe AJ Wallace from Penn State, whose has Raider speed and is a good kick and punt returner, something we lacked explosion in.
Here is our run stuffer, Gerard Warren's replacement, is hard to block, a stalwart in the middle, standing a towering 6'5 tall, and mammoth size at 328 pounds, should wreak havoc on opposing linemen. Look at these video highlights; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu9sFXqtPUk
A beast of a runner, literally runs over DB's, takes two DB's to bring him down, would be a great addition to our backfield, especially with McFadden proving thus far to be injury prone, could be a nice big back dual feature with Bush, and great in short yardage, a natural power runner, good chance of him falling to us here, his stock has dipped due to an incident last season, good for us, when has disciplinary problems ever stopped Al Davis from saying no? Besides we need some attitude on both sides of the ball. Also fills in where Fargas left off, plowing into defenders, getting us the tough critical yards.
We need to draft at least two linemen out of this draft, Gallery could be phasing into the last quarter of his career, suffered quite a bit of injuries last season, may not be able to endure much longer the wear and tear. Need to draft here to keep and improve our line play. Another option here if Carter is not there, is Shawn Lauvao - Arizona State (HT: 6-2⅞ - WT: 315) a projected fifth or sixth round pick, hopefully he falls back to us in the seventh round. There has been some speculation that our line play style is going back to a power block vs zone block system, with the addition of Hue Jackson as our new OC from Baltimore, and resigning of Khalif Barnes, Langston Walker, seems to point that way.
A young Tommy Kelly, Vince's stock has been dropping, could be a steal this late, once considered a second day pick mid round, has good size, burst, long arms. His stats dropped off his senior year, could be to him getting double teamed more though. You decide; check out his video highlights here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0-dWvsrWKA