Sep 7, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Louis Nix III (1) warms up prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Oakland Raiders select Louis Nix III

Each week Fansided.com will be doing a 2014 NFL Mock Draft of the first round. Just Blog Baby will highlight the pick and give our analysis of FS.com’s Raiders pick in addition to having our own three round mock draft each week beginning this month. 

This week’s FS.com NFL Mock Draft selection from FS.com editor Josh Sanchez is Louis Nix III, a defensive tackle from the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. A pick that many have keyed on being a potential possibility for the Silver and Black as some of their biggest needs are on the interior offensive and defensive lines.

Sanchez explains:

The Oakland Raiders have continued to ignore the defensive tackle position, but they will be unable to do that if Nix is on the board.

Not only is Nix a monstrous player that can help bolster their rush defense, but he is capable of generating some pass rush up the middle that will be an added bonus to the Raiders defense.

Not much to complain about this pick, one spot ahead the Cleveland Browns snapped up Derek Carr, a potential shock pick the Raiders could go with if they aren’t high on Matt McGloin come draft day. Nix fits the Raiders needs better than the #10 pick Khalil Mack out of Buffalo and could be a player that would turn the Raiders pass rush into one of the best in the league with Lamarr Houston getting double teamed less often with Nix plugging up holes in the middle. Nix can also excel in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes which would play right into defensive coordinator Jason Tarver’s varied playbook.

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