Oakland Raiders NFL Draft needs, prospects, and picks by round

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Sep 14, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies receiver Mike Evans (13) makes a catch in the first quarter against Alabama Crimson Tide cornerback John Fulton (10) at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Mulling over the positions that the Oakland Raiders are slotted to choose at, I have decided to speculate as to who they may or may not select in the draft.  It’s not necessarily in my nature to actually do this, as I’d rather discuss the players currently on the roster, but the draft is on the horizon and it seems to be the only thing worth talking about.

I’m going to kick this off with the obvious choices within the 1st round.  Then, I’ll dig a bit deeper to speculate as to who will be available in the later rounds.  The Raiders needs are obvious; OL, DT, CB, DE, LB, S, WR, and QB.

The talent in the 1st round has the ability to become that cornerstone player the Raiders have needed for some time.  It will be hard to pass on some of the bigger names, should they fall to pick #5.  Although I truly believe that the Raiders are in a better position to trade down to pick #10 with the Detroit Lions, or pick #18 with the New York Jets, these are the players that the Raiders should choose at pick #5 (Or #8, #9, #10-#18 if a trade is made):

1. Khalil Mack, LB, 2. Mike Evans, WR, 3. Sammy Watkins, WR, 4. Jake Matthews, OT, 5. C.J. Mosley, ILB, 6. Aaron Donald, DT, 7. Zack Martin, OG, 8. Darqueze Dennard, CB, 9. Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, or 10. Anthony Barr, LB.

Like I said, most of these choices are very obvious.  As far as WR’s go, I like Mike Evans over Sammy Watkins.  The reason, Evans is bigger at 6′ 5″ and 231 lbs. (Watkins is 6′ 1″ and 211), and I believe he will be more durable.  Plus, he is the perfect match for QB Matt Schaub, as Schaub had Andre Johnson (6′ 3″ & 230 lbs) in Houston.  Some analysts believe that Watkins is a bit more dynamic due to his Pro-Day, but part of the reason why Johnny Manziel was so good is due to the fact that Evans made spectacular catches.

Game speed is better than 40-yard dash times, and Evans has that game speed.  Add him in with the current receivers on the roster (Rod Streater, James Jones, Andre Holmes, Brice Butler, Denarius Moore, and Juron Criner), and there will be matchup problems created for opposing teams in 2014.  I won’t be unhappy with Watkins at #5, but I would rather see the Raiders choose Evans.

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  • KloverJane

    The suspense is killing me….Raiders. …

  • CRUZdaddy

    This is one article that I can’t even argue about.. Evans over Watkins (more durable) best DT in the second round , now the 3rd round it gets iffy .. we don’t really need a QB if we’re not getting one of the top 5 in the draft (I prefer garrapolo) because mcgloin is pretty solid and would be his second year and can actually win the job. If schaub doesn’t get the job done next year’s draft will be filled with top QB. SO third round I say Chris boreland or yawin Smallwood to play MLB or grab best available FS in the third than Smallwood in the 4th.. after that it’s BPA. we must nail this draft! #OneNation
    But I could not agree with you more we can trade back and still be able to grab Aaron Donald, cj Moseley, Taylor lewan and hope that Anthony Barr is still available.. maybe the giants want Evans at 5 and we can move to 12?!? Can’t wait,till Thursday and the weekend

  • K Hendricks

    I totally agree Shane.But I would find a way to trade down in the first under 15 then I would take Derek Carr or Aaron Donald.but if we have to pick at 5 I would very definitely move back for whatever if mack isn’t there.I wouldn’t take Watkins,I too prefer Evans.but there is no way I wouldn’t take DC at 5 if no one wants to trade.I have watched him progress for four years he is ready

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I would love for the Raiders to get Anthony Barr or CJ Mosley. I believe that the secondary and LB’s are one of the biggest keys to turning this around. Look at the Seahawks. Defense is so much of the engine. For stopping the opposing offenses the Raiders will face in the AFC West, they will need to stuff the passing game. Make the teams run, and the defensive line can shut them down. Of course, some powerful pass rushers wouldn’t hurt.

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  • Michael Steele

    I hope we go QB in the bottom of the 3rd or the 4th. I’m a never Fables David Games fan. Let’s keep it local , Said Games in the 4th
    I like David Fables in the 4th to bring along behind MS.Go Raiders!

  • Raider Grant

    Can’t wait, long live Raider Nation!!!

  • David Kirlin

    Thanks again Shane for another fine post, you are by far the most logical writer I read. I have been reading about our team all off season and you are always fair and on point.

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    Shane, great piece only thing I disagree with is Evens over Watkins. Reason Watkins reminds me of Jerry Rice. He will go over the middle and take it with much YAC. Evens is big outside and home run. But if he catch over middle he only get 5 extra yards. But I would not want Sammy because he said he do not want to come in and be the Alpha dog. I want that receiver that say I am the best coach what you want I can do it. Route running is key for both of them.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I can’t stand negative media coverage. I am a fan. I love the Raiders, and I support them all the way. Yes, some would call me a homer, but it’s who or what I am. I hope to give a positive spin on the Raiders moves. It’s tough sometimes, but I believe that Raider Nation deserves some positive media to circumvent all the naysayers.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    If the Raiders don’t get Derek Carr in the draft somewhere, David Fales could be a real possibility in the 3rd or 4th rounds.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I hear you about the YAC yards. There’s a few other receivers that are good possibilities later in the draft if the Raiders don’t get either one (Evans or Watkins). Odell Beckham, Jr., Allen Robinson, Cody Latimer, Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews, Donte Moncrief, etc… Great depth at WR. It will be interesting.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Only a few more hours!!!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    In Mike Mayocks final draft, he actually has the Oakland Raiders getting Sammy Watkins at #5, then the Raiders trade with the Cleveland Browns for their 26th pick in the 1st round and grab Derek Carr. That would be awesome. The possibilities are endless when dealing future draft picks. It all depends on the teams that are making moves to get position over other teams, and it all depends on what players are available.

  • Raider Grant

    I’m So Excited(pointer sisters voice)! Long live Raider Nation

  • K Hendricks

    You are right for sure.But Mayock I believe was mocking that trade with the panthers at 28,let’s hope if that is the case that DC is still there for our Raiders.My heart is already in overdrive for tonight.DC might have to sit a year,and that is fine.If not grab the best road grader possible.Because if we can run and stop the run.we will always have a chance.U R the best Shane from one Leo to another.I sure hope we have a special night.Wishing nothing but the best to you and and yours!!!!!!!

  • K Hendricks

    And one more thing.
    The Raiders fan Serenity Prayer:
    Good lord please grant me the serenity to,accept the choices the Raiders make.
    The courage to give those choices time to develop.
    And the wisdom to know that even though I am a Raiders fan,I am just that,a fan and not a general manager or owner of a NFL team.
    But that being a Raiders fan does put me in a place as far as loyalty above fans of any other NFL team.