Oakland Raiders' Mock Draft and Big Board: Updated Day 3 Predictions

Maurice Moton@@MoeMotonFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2016

Oakland Raiders' Mock Draft and Big Board: Updated Day 3 Predictions

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    On Day 2 of the NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders continued to add bulk and pass-rushing components to their front seven. 

    The Raiders’ draft team selected Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward with the No. 44 overall pick and Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun at No. 75.

    Head coach Jack Del Rio sat down with local reporters, per the team’s official website, to recap Oakland’s second- and third-round selections. He denied coming into the draft focusing specifically on defensive voids on the roster.

    In fairness to Del Rio’s claim, it became a shocker to see Calhoun, a productive edge-rusher, slip through the cracks into the third round.

    As far as roster needs, the Raiders have addressed the strong safety and interior defensive lineman positions as expected. Calhoun dropped to No. 75 as a bonus.

    Despite ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter’s tweet concerning Ward’s potential pending arthroscopic knee surgery, Del Rio expressed confidence in all three rookies working to earn live snaps in the upcoming season.

    In the first round, the Raiders added the presumptive final piece to the secondary with their No. 14 overall pick, safety Karl Joseph. In the second and third rounds, Oakland picked up insurance depth for defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and Aldon Smith; both defensive linemen face uncertainties in their playing time for the 2016 season. 

    Based on the depth chart and general manager Reggie McKenzie’s word to “get some help,” per CSNBayArea.com reporter Scott Bair, expect the Raiders to draft a running back in Round 4. Beyond that point, the defense needs depth and competition at inside linebacker.

    With that said, we’ll go through a final top-100 big board and mock draft for Rounds 4-7. How will Oakland finish off a solid draft class in 2016?

Top-100 Big Board

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    After three draft rounds, here's the updated top-100 big board for the Raiders. Don't overlook this table as a list of practice squad players and career backups.

    Keep in mind that the Raiders selected running back Latavius Murray (sixth round), defensive back T.J. Carrie (seventh round), defensive tackle Justin Ellis (fourth round) and linebacker Ben Heeney (fifth round) in the latter portion of their respective draft classes. There are hidden gems on Day 3. Will McKenzie draft another underrated talent?

    Oakland Raiders Big Board
     Rank Player Position School
     1 Kenneth Dixon
     RB Louisiana Tech
     2 Devontae Booker RB Utah
     3 Andrew Billings 
     DT  Baylor 
     4 Scooby Wright III
     LB Arizona
     5 Tyler Matakevich
     6 Jeremy Cash
     S Duke
     7 Alex Collins 
     RB Arkansas
     8 Daniel Lasco
     9 Deon Bush S
     10 Kelvin Taylor RB
     11 Keith Marshall
     RB Georgia 
     12 Clayton Fejedelem
     S Illnois
     13 B.J. Goodson LB Clemson
     14 Wendell Smallwood
     RB West Virginia
     15 Daniel Braverman
     WR Western Michigansp
     16 Jonathan Williams RB Arkansas
     17 Vadal Alexander
     OG  LSU
     18 Joshua Perry LB Ohio State
     19 Sheldon Day
     DT  Notre Dame
     20 Harlan Miller
     CB Southeastern Louisiana
     21 Tre Madden
     22 DeAndre Elliott
     Colorado State
     23 Christian Westerman OG  Arizona State
     24 Connor McGovern OG  Missouri
     25 Keenan Reynolds
     RB Navy
     26 Paul Perkins RB UCLA
     27 Charles Tapper DE Oklahoma
     28 Ronald Blair DE Appalachian State
     29 Jason Fanaika  DE Utah
     30 Victor Ochi  LB Stony Brook
     31 Ken Crawley  CB Colorado
     32 Jatavis Brown LB Akron
     33 Stephen Anderson FB  California
     34 Rashard Robinson CB LSU
     35 LeShaun Sims CB Southern Utah
     36 Jonathan Jones CB Auburn
     37 D.J. Foster RB Arizona State
     38 Keyarris Garrett WR Tulsa
     39 Derrick Kindred
     S TCU
     40 D.J. Reader DT  Clemson
     41 Devon Cajuste WR Stanford
     42 Ryan Smith CB North Carolina Central
     43 Aaron Burbridge  WR Michigan State
     44 Kolby Listenbee  WR TCU
     45 Eric Murray CB Minnesota
     46 Matt Ioannidis
     DT  Temple
     47 Dadi Lhomme Nicolas
     LB Virginia Tech
     48 Kavon Frazier S Central Michigan
     49 Anthony Brown CB Purdue
     50 Blake Martinez LB Stanford
     51 Jordan Howard RB Indiana
     52 Evan Boehm  C Missouri
     53 Robby Anderson WR Temple
     54 Charone Peake  WR Clemson
     55 Ka'imi Fairbairn
     K UCLA
     56 Doug Middleton
     S Appalachian State
     57 Demarcus Robinson
     WR  Georgia
     58 John Lunsford  K Liberty
     59 Deiondre' Hall
     CB Northern Iowa
     60 Chris Moore WR Cincinnati
     61 Ross Martin
     K Duke
     62 Kentrell Brothers LB Missouri
     63 Malcolm Mitchell WR Georgia
     64 Jack Allen
     C Michigan State 
     65 Austin Blythe C Iowa
     66 De'Vondre Campbell LB Minnesota
     67 Aaron Wallace
     LB UCLA
     68 Kalan Reed
     CB Southern Mississippi
     69 Rashard Higgins WR Colorado State
     70 Jay Lee WR Baylor
     71 Joe Dahl  OG  Washington State
     72 Paul McRoberts  WR Southeast Missouri State
     73 Ricardo Louis
     WR Auburn
     74 Antonio Morrison LB Florida
     75 Glenn Gronkowski  FB  Kansas State
     76 Josh Forrest LB Kentucky
     77 James Cowser
     DE Southern Utah
     78 Ron Thompson DE Syracuse
     79 Romeo Okwara
     DE Notre Dame
     80 Jordan Payton WR UCLA
     81 K.J. Dillon S West Virginia
     82 Joe Schobert LB Wisconsin
     83 Anthony Zettel DE Penn State
     84 Kenny Lawler WR California
     85 Matt Skura C Duke
     86 Eric Striker LB Oklahoma
     87 John Theus  OT Georgia
     88 Zack Sanchez CB Oklahoma
     89 Dominique Alexander LB Oklahoma
     90 Aaron Wallace
     LB UCLA
     91 Jayron Kearse S Clemson
     92 Miles Killebrew  S Southern Utah
     93 Nick Kwiatkoski LB West Virginia
     94 Kyle Friend C Temple
     95 Jared Norris LB Utah
     96 Pharoh Cooper WR South Carolina 
     97 Tyrone Holmes
     LB Montana
     98 De'Runnya Wilson WR Mississippi State
     99 Ian Seau DE Nevada
     100 Brandon Shell  OT South Carolina

Round 4, Pick 114: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

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    As previously mentioned, it’s time to address the running back position. Fortunately for the Raiders, only four running backs have been selected through three rounds.

    Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon would serve as the best complementary option in the backfield.

    Murray has shown the ability to run in between the tackles and shoot gaps in spurts. However, he’s not the most reliable receiver in the flat and struggles to break runs outside the tackles to add variety to his run tendencies.

    On the collegiate level, Dixon developed into a reliable pass-catcher with the ability to accumulate yardage in chunks on the ground. He also flashes more lateral quickness to stretch runs east and west as opposed to a predictable north-south approach through downs.

    As a four-year starter, the Louisiana Tech tailback finished his career averaging 5.6 yards per carry with 87 total touchdowns. With scatback qualities, he’s capable of reaching the end zone on any given play as a receiver or ball-carrier.

Round 5, Pick 143: Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan

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    At this point, Oakland must consider upgrades across the entire roster. In the previous season, the Raiders passing offense ranked No. 6 in touchdown scores, but quarterback Derek Carr needs a bail-out wide receiver.

    Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave can design a conservative play and still hit a home run with a skilled speed receiver.

    Wideout Daniel Braverman can run quick hitches and comeback routes, which create more high-percentage throwing opportunities. The Western Michigan prospect has the ability to turn a five-yard pitch-and-catch into a 20-yard dash downfield.  

    Similar to wideout Amari Cooper, Braverman runs disciplined routes and understands how to find holes within zone schemes. At 5’10”, 177 pounds, he’s undersized but flashes above-average field awareness to avoid big hits and take advantage of loose coverage.

    Round 5, Pick 154: Scooby Wright III, LB, Arizona

    Arizona prospect Scooby Wright’s prior injuries hurt his draft stock, but the former NCAA Defensive Player of Year would add talent and toughness to the inside linebacker position in Oakland.

    When healthy, Wright plays unhinged and becomes almost indefensible at the point of attack. His play style mirrors Heeney's. They’re defenders who play with high energy and instincts to track the football. 

    At the moment, it’s better to acquire another version of Heeney as opposed to handing the second-year linebacker a starting spot by default. 

    In a 3-4 scheme, Heeney and Wright could roll through the offensive line like wrecking balls to stop the run or pressure quarterbacks in designed blitzes. The Arizona prospect comes into the league with limitations as a coverage defender but shows exceptional ability to record stops at the heart of the defense.

Round 6, Pick 194: Landon Turner, OG, North Carolina

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    At one point, draft sites projected North Carolina offensive guard Landon Turner as a second- or third-round prospect. Currently, he’s slated to hear his name called in the sixth round, per CBS Sports' rankings.

    According to NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein, Turner translates into a one-dimensional mauler on the interior who struggles in pass protection. At 6’4”, 330 pounds, he satisfies the weight requirement to join the Raiders’ massive offensive line known as “Carr Insurance.” 

    As a three-year starter at the same position, Turner knows his strengths and weaknesses. The coaching staff will likely work on Turner’s footwork, but offensive line coach Mike Tice can utilize the prospect’s gross strength as a reserve interior lineman in case injury strikes during the season.

    The Raiders can implement his ability to knock defenders off the line of scrimmage in jumbo packages, goal-line situations and general power-rush schemes.

Round 7, Pick 234: Deiondre' Hall, DB, Northern Iowa

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    Every year, McKenzie finds a hidden gem in the latter rounds. Northern Iowa doesn’t produce NFL stars on a yearly basis, but Deiondre’ Hall possesses star qualities as a press cornerback who can shift over to safety due to his clean tackling technique and coverage abilities.

    Zierlein compared Hall to Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson. It’s high praise, but his skills jump off the film. When extending his arms in coverage, he nets 50-50 throws without giving the defender a chance at the football. At 6’2”, 199 pounds, he can cover bigger receivers and win physical battles on the perimeter. 

    Whether Hall lines up as a safety or cornerback, he becomes an opportunistic defender who will look to force turnovers. He accumulated 13 interceptions during his collegiate career. Northern Iowa’s low profile has kept him under wraps, but the Raiders can strike gold with him on the roster as an all-purpose defensive back.

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