Mock Draft: Oakland Raiders Go Big Early

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Mock Draft: Oakland Raiders Go Big Early

In the NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders seem to be one of the most unpredictable teams, but given the team's drafting history it is known that they have a knack for drafting players who they invite to private workouts or show interest in prior to the draft.

Last year, Darius Hayward-Bey, Michael Mitchell, and Louis Murphy were all invited to private workouts at the Raider facility and they were all drafted.

So far this year the Raiders have shown interest or invited a few prospects to the facility thus far.

Here is a list of players the Raiders have attended personal workouts for or invited to the Raider facility for private workouts.

QB: Sean Canfield, Oregon State. Jonathan Crompton, Tennessee. Mike Kafta, Northwestern.

OL: Matthew Tennant , Boston College. Maurkice Pouncey , Florida. Marshall Newhouse ,TCU. Nic Richmond, TCU. Kevin Haslam, Rutgers.

WR: Golden Tate, Notre Dame. Leroy Vann, FAMU. Trent Guy, Lousiville.

RB: Curtis Steele, Memphis

LB: Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State. Dekoda Watson, FLorida. Jerry Hughes, TCU.

DB: LB/S Stevie Brown, Andrew Sandejo, Rice. Chad Jones, LSU

DL: Tyson Alualu, Cal. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Washington.

Though this list is likely incomplete, a few things stick out.

The Raiders have worked out three QBs yet none should be expected to make an immediate impact. They have also worked out three defensive backs, and not one plays corner.

And they have only worked out two D-linemen, neither of which would be able to fill the Raiders need at DT.

Interestingly, a lot of the prospects are offensive linemen so it is safe to say the Raiders will draft at least a few of the big guys in this draft, which would be a positive change.

In 2004, the Raiders drafted two offensive linemen: Robert Gallery and Jake Grove. In the five years that followed they only drafted two: Chris Morris and Mario Henderson.

It is also interesting that the Raiders showed interest in three QBs considering they have three or four QBs on the roster and are "reportedly" in the market for another one.

Here's a look at what could happen this year in the Raiders' draft.

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