Mock drafts are everywhere. As soon as the Super Bowl is over, mock drafts rule every NFL related website or talk show. In my opinion they do nothing but cause fans to ask more questions and anticipate the draft even more. However, most Oakland Raiders news sources don’t properly acknowledge the many different paths, GM Reggie McKenzie may choose. So here is the 2013 NFL mock draft: JBB edition.
Round: 1 Pick: 3 - OT, Eric Fisher (Central Michigan University)
What? Offense? The defense is horrible why would the Raiders draft an offensive player? Ya I know, the defense is in rough shape. Despite the fact that the defensive line is uglier then the crazy haired guy from the History Channel’s, “Ancient Aliens” Oakland is also in need of a force on the offensive line (see Should the Raiders Draft Offense). A line that will be relied upon by Darren McFadden and the Raider’s unknown quarterback for protection in a power running scheme. With only two reliable forces on said line, (Jared Veldheer and Stefen Wisnewski) the Raiders offense must be capable of keeping up with the poor play of a defense that is many play makers away from being at a contending level. In a draft that is filled with depth rather then being top heavy, I wouldn’t hold my breath on the Raiders trading down.
Round: 3 Pick: 4 - CB, Tyrann Mathieu (LSU)
The Raiders secondary became stronger in free agency. Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins are huge upgrades to this defense. However, if Mathieu falls to the Raiders in the third round it would be foolish not to steal him. This extremely talented athlete is labeled with character problems for smoking on the peace pipe? Are you kidding me. Cannabis is already legal in two states and its only a matter of time before the entire country is rising the stock of Doritos. Landing Mathieu would be huge for Oakland. As a freshmen at LSU, the former so called “Honey Badger” looked like a senior. Between hitting like a safety and just simply taking the ball from offenses, this play maker would add a huge jolt of energy to a dead defense.
Round: 4 Pick: 3 - DT, Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern St.)
It would be great to address the defensive line earlier. But if Jamarcus Russell taught us anything its that things don’t always work out the way we want (and lazy codeine addicts don’t play good football). At this point in time the scouts will really earn their money. Gems like Denarius Moore and Jacoby ford are unearthed in these rounds. Williams could in fact be the next impact player on Oakland’s defensive line.
Round: 6, 7 Pick: 4, 8, 37, 3
In these late rounds its time to take the best available. The Raiders needs here will include tight end, more help on the defensive line, and some depth at linebacker.
For a team with a lot of needs, draft day will be a crucial crossroads in which the outcome of the season will be decided. Who do you think Oakland will draft? Comment below.