No matter the draft analyst most everyone has the Oakland Raiders getting into the trenches with the third overall pick in 2013 NFL Draft. Whether its Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei or Texas A&M pass rusher Damontre Moore there is no doubt the Raiders will need to find talent on the D-line given the number of departures expected from that very unit.
However for the most part the names we’ve seen the Raiders associated with most often are the aforementioned Lotulelei and Moore. At least that was the case until today when Mike Mayock tabbed Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd as Oakland’s man with their top pick in 2013.
Jerry McDonald reports the news after participating in a national conference call with the NFL Network’s draft expert.
Floyd is widely considered a first round talent with top 10 potential. But until now his name has not popped up inside the top 3 of many mock drafts. With the combine set to commence this week you can expect plenty of mock shuffling as players will see their stock rise and fall on the strength of the drills and interviews conducted in Indianapolis.
For whatever it’s worth Mayock is already calling A&M’s Moore overrated and unfit to be taken in the top 10. Keep in mind it was Mayock who had the Raiders going with Darrius Heyward-Bey as part of his mock draft back in ’09 so maybe he’s onto something here again.
Of course this time around there is no real way to know how the Raiders will draft as this is the first time Reggie McKenzie will be picking in the first round. And naturally we’ve got to wait until the next week for all the combine dust to settle before the real season of mocking begins.