This will be the final mock I will do before the draft unless there is a big trade. The Raiders have completed their big board and are ready to go.
This mock has them making one draft day trade that will shock and amaze a lot of people, but it will really help the team in the long run. Without further ado, let’s get to it……………………………
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 down in the first round and get a proven one. Jared Gaither is a HUGE (6’9”, 340 lb) tackle that will immediately upgrade the line. He is a true left tackle and this is something that the Raiders need.
Iupati is physically very strong and able to dominate his opponent at the point of attack. He has decent quickness off the ball, allowing him get into his opponent low and drive him out of the hole. His arm and hand strength provides vice-like grip to control his opponent in close. He is mobile and agile enough to get out in front of sweeps.
He can dominate as a run-blocker due to his mass and rare upper-body strength. He provides an explosive initial pop that often knocks the defender back. He is a very good drive blocker when he plays with leverage and keeps his hands inside. He can physically remove the defender from the hole. He looks to eliminate more than one defender on the play and will release to the second level.
The Raider move down and select the best guard in the draft. By adding Gaither and Iupati, they now have one of the best O-lines in the division. They will move Henderson over to the right side. The line should look something like this:
Gaither, Gallery, Satele, Iupati, Henderson.
ECU's Pro Day, which took place outdoors on grass in slightly windy conditions, featured Linval Joseph (6'4 1/4", 319 lbs) who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.93 seconds with the wind, 5.16 seconds against the wind, had a 31 1/2" vertical jump, an 8'6" broad jump, a 4.52-second short shuttle, a 7.62-second three-cone drill and stood on his bench press number from the NFL Scouting Combine. All the scouts agreed he was very good in drills.
Joseph is huge with great height. He moves well for his size and is a great run stuffer. He can generate a bit of a push as a pass rusher, too. He was a productive member of the best defensive line in Conference USA this season. He has a knack for blocking kicks and has been used in "Refrigerator" Perry FB role.
This guy had a great combine and is flying up draft boards. For his size he is extremely athletic and very strong (39 Reps of 225 lbs). The Raiders finally get the stud NT they have been looking for.
Jacoby is probably one of the top three or four fastest players in college football.
He gives added value as a kick returner, he has the mentality to improve himself as a receiver, he shows outstanding hands to secure the ball in traffic, he can be deadly on reverses and screens and must be accounted for on every down, and he is fairly tough and durable for his size. Most of all, Ford wants to be good.
This guy has the strength to beat the jam attempt, although he's rarely jammed because the defenders respect his speed.
The Raiders had a plan and it paid off in their favor. If Ford would have been gone, they would have selected Taylor Price from Ohio. He is 6’0”, 204 lb, and has been clocked in the high-4.3, low-4.4 range. He was also the second fastest receiver at The Combine with a 4.41.
Jacoby Ford blew everyone away at The Combine with a 4.28 40 time. The Raiders add an explosive kick returner and slot receiver with either player.
A versatile linebacker who can play inside and outside, Chaney has good size at 6'1" and 240 lbs.
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" vertical, and 26 reps of 225 lbs.
The Raiders draft a linebacker that can play both inside and outside. With the addition of this new stud, we could see the Raiders' linebacker core be better than ever.
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.
Skelton has a good, live arm and gets adequate zip on routes. He can make all the NFL throws. He shows good touch on deep balls. He also throws a catchable ball on wheel routes. Skelton's consistency improves dramatically on underneath patterns. Overall, he is athletic with quick feet and adequate speed—gets set quickly.
This is the quarterback of the future. He will need a few years to develop, but he has the size and athleticism to become a very good NFL quarterback. Hue Jackson will develop this kid the way he did Joe Flacco.
The traditional fullback position may be going the way of the dinosaur in today's NFL, but those teams longing for a throwback will keep tabs on Conner.
The former walk-on emerged as a valuable special teams performer and lead blocker early in his career.
Conner is an old-school traditional lead blocker willing to sell out to knock the linebacker out of the hole. Conner has good size, explosiveness, and accuracy to clear the way.
He's athletic enough to adjust in the open field to hit the moving target, keeps his head on a swivel in pass protection, blocks inside-out, is aggressive in pass protection, will take on the bigger man, and holds up surprisingly well due to his accurate hand placement and use of leverage and determination. He is an accurate, reliable cut-blocker.
He was nicknamed "The Terminator" by his teammates. This is the lead blocker that the Raiders have needed for some time.
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.
We are less than a week away from the draft and I am going nuts with anticipation. I hope that we knock this draft out of the ballpark and get back to the winning ways that made this organization great. Until then, to the entire Raiders Nation,
LET'S GO RAIDERS!!!!