Yep, we’re officially back to the good old hobby of projecting who the Oakland Raiders will select in the top 10 of the NFL Draft. We got a two year hiatus on this talk but proving the more things change the more they stay the same here we are again.
The Mocking season is well underway and FanSided will be releasing a new mock each week leading up to the draft in April.
This week our draft experts have the Raiders addressing a very pressing need by selecting Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei third overall. Here is what FanSided mocker Josh Hill has to say of the pick.
He’s at the top of almost everyone’s draft board and for good reason. Experts say Lotulelei is ready to be an impact DT now in the NFL, and that he’s one of the most complete defensive players in the draft class. The Raiders were once known as a rough ‘em-tough ‘em team due to their bone crushing defense. Lotulelei can be an anchor on the next generation of that Raiders swagger, and unless something changes drastically, he’s a lock for Oakland or whoever ends up with the third pick.
No doubt Reggie McKenzie has to land a can’t-miss-prospect with this pick. The way things are going we’re looking at a top 5 pick which means the Raiders will have plenty of options.
With Richard Seymour set to become a free agent and Oakland’s D-line massively underachieving something must be done. Is Lotuelei the man for the job?
Currently there isn’t a defensive lineman rated higher than the All-American and All-PAC 12 performer. Some see him being a potential number one overall pick. His size (6’4”/320) and athleticism would be ideal for Dennis Allen’s desire to incorporate a scheme that utilizes multiple fronts.
Of course anytime someone starts throwing around the term “can’t miss” most of Raider Nation cringes. JaMarcus Russell was a gamble for sure but it was hard to ignore that potential. Robert Gallery was supposed to be a fixture in the Pro Bowl. We know how that ended. Darren McFadde has been unable to shake the injury bug or the blight of bad coaches that rotate through the East Bay. So absolutely nothing is guaranteed when it comes to the NFL draft.