Oakland Raiders 2014 Draft Class: Film Room

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Khalil Mack (Buffalo) holds up a jersey after being selected as the number five overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Oakland Raiders at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

After three long days of the NFL draft we finally get to see what Reggie McKenzie’s vision for this up-coming season is. My goal with this article is not to give out grades because grades are subjective, rather I am going to talk about each prospect including a couple select undrafted free agents, and not only ensure that you know who they are, but also how they can be used by the Raiders. I will give you the pros and cons of each prospect and some other opinions, but I will not bash a prospect. I like every Raiders fan, am very hopeful that every single draft pick Reggie made this year will become a vital part of a Super Bowl winning team, and I think several of these players have that sort of upside.

Round 1: Khalil Mack, OLB Buffalo

Outside of Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins there is not a single skill position player with a bigger upside than Mack and from what Reggie has said, this is the player that they were targeting from day one. To be honest, I cannot believe he actually fell to five and from a Raiders perspective this is the first of several amazing instances of utter extravagant luck that up until this draft, have never been a part of past Raiders’ draft examinations. We are talking about a 6’3 250 pound human truck with 33.25 inch arm length (Zach Martin, the fourth offensive tackle to go in this draft had 32 7/8 inch arm length) that runs a 4.65 forty yard dash, bends the edge like a seasoned pass rusher in a 3-4 defense, and can cover tight ends and backs like a 4-3 weakside linebacker. This guy does it all and he will not have a set position in this defense. That may seem strange, but his dynamic skill set will allow for a wide ranging role in Dennis Allen’s defense. Finally Dennis has his Von Miller, and as far as I am concerned, this version has a greater upside. He may not be as fast as Von, but he is better at the point of attack. I have always had reservations about Mack, but that does not in any way outweigh his extraordinary upside.

This is a tremendous pick by Reggie and in many ways it was a no brainer. Based on his board the best quarterback was already gone and he thought his next best quarterback could fall. I expect Mack to have an immediate impact for this team and even if he does not produce massive sacks, his skills will allow others to make plays as well.


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  • Grammar NotZee

    You did some great research here. Way to dig up great footage of the 7th rounders.

  • Bob

    Good article. I will never accept the using of five draft picks on QBs in the last two years. Just stupid.

  • rob

    I agree. Mack will not live up to all of the hype in his rookie year. What player does? Clowney certainly will not. However, given time, Mack will be just fine, and he will make those around him better (e.g., Sio Moore). Another good free agency next year followed by another strong draft (including undrafted free agents) and the Raiders are contenders once again.

  • rob

    RORY. Excellent job. Very good “to the point” analysis. Good film. I completely agree with you on Carr. Keep up good job!

  • rob

    Joel Grisgby will be one of two surprise UDFA’s. He is better than Davis. Grigsby only played in two games in 2013 (injured in Stanford game). If he had played the full season, he would have every SJSU receiving record.

  • B Christopher

    This was a spectacular draft for the Raiders. I know that my opinion matters about as much as a fart in the wind, but, I am so glad that they drafted primarily defensive players. This defense is shaping up to become spectacular in the next few years, once they get some game time together. The Raiders linebackers were already a very good group. The FA signings really beefed up the D-line, the FA signings in the secondary have solidified that group, and this kid Mack, I cannot wait to hear the nicknames that Raider Nation hangs on this kid. D-Mack, Big Mack, Sack Mack, Mack Truck, Mack Attack, etc. etc. There you go Lamar Houston… ADIOS! Like I said, don’t let the door hit you on the way out! This is vintage Packer front office movements, get rid of two FAs so that you can cure 3 spots, and fill in with the draft. Pour in some luck, and Mack Daddy falls to #5 slot, and is now part of Raider Nation. Oh, here’s one……. I can hear it already….. Home game in Oco, and the announcer screams after the Mack Sack, “Looks like Peyton got swallowed up by a Mack Hole!”

  • Raider Grant

    2nd that Bob! Overall, the draft was huge step in the right direction. Hopefully we won’t be QB happy for quite awhile. Go Raiders