I will do another mock draft on Wed. or Thursday, but here is the second to last one. The veterans are just hanging out there for the Raiders to go and snag. Shaun Ellis of the Jets wants to move, Albert Haynesworth wants out of Washignton, and a 3rd rounder is all they want plus a little more. (If you read my other article, Weighing All Things Raiders, you'd remember my source close to Cable [his neighbor] told me a deal was on the table for Haynesworth, in exchange for Howard and a 3rd rounder. The rookies are what this is all about, so let's go. Man, I love the draft!
Williams tops Al's big board, according to multiple online sources, none of which I know personally. Williams is that "can't miss athletic, successful stud" that was similar to McFadden in 08. By my count, there are about 25 different ways Trent Williams could land here, and he really most likely will. All "experts" at ESPN and the NFL's Mike Mayock and others have Trent Williams falling to Oakland, but going no further. Williams is the stud, not just the athletic freak. If Williams is not here, then Oakland should go for a defensove player not named Pierre-Paul.
Jackson has talent, but not many teams need a corner like the Raiders, so he will fall to Round 2, but the Raiders may actually use this guy really right away. Jackson has good speed and good man-to-man skills and they might actually have to throw the ball to Nnamdi, and that could create gigantic problems for the three division foes. Jackson is here because I feel we will not need a DT in this round because....
Pick #70 Overall
Pick #158 Overall
OLB Thomas Howard
DT Albert Haynesworth
Pick #135 Overall
So, Haynesworth has been payed a lot of his guaranteed money, and he is due less than Tommy Kelly in 2010 I believe. The Redskins get a 3rd (maybe for Cam Thomas) and a badly needed linebacker in Thomas Howard. The Raiders would just use Morrison at OLB, with either a rookie later mentioned or Ricky Brown. They also swap 5th Round Picks in my deal, which benefits more for the Raiders. This is a little bit for Haynesworth, and it really shows how bad Shanny wants him out of there. And really, would you rather have an overpaid pro bowler or an overpaid rookie?
Spikes ran a very disappointing pro day. But, the scout team takes over after Round 2 in the Raiders War Room , so they may consider this successful, nasty player in Spikes. Murphy was a similar player that suprised people because he was not fast, but the scout team saw potential. Spikes is a run stuffer, which is what we need, but as far as coverage, he may need work. Spikes is worth this fifth rounder though. I have a lot of dropping stocks to the Raiders because they really don't care about any issues. If they want him, they get him.
Johnson has been scouted by many, including my Alabama die-hard fan in myself, and he could really stay on the ball as a center in the NFL. He's smart and a leader, too. His best spot may be center, with guard as a backup plan. Both are minor needs for the Raiders, and he could play either. His stock has dropped a tiny bit because of the whole "Center vs. Guard" thing.
LeFevour's stock has been dropping big time. Is his arm strong enough? Is he too cocky because of college? Is he mobile? Is the spread offense his only offense? I do not know, but I look at this guy and say Doug Flutie and Drew Brees. He reminds me so much of them. I like him here rather than John Skelton, who reminds me of Russell and maybe Flacco.
He is fast. He has been clocked at 4.2. The Raiders need an explosive threat at punt and kick returner, so why not burn a 7th rounder on one.
He is not tremendous at blocking, but he is solid. He is amazing at pass catching though, catching 30 in 2010. The Nation wants John Conner, but he may be a 5th rounder which is way too early for a FB. Tonga will be a good addition to the Raiders though.