Oakland Raiders 2014 NFL Draft Grades

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Raiders Draft Grades

May I just say I’m glad that’s over how about you? I mean after months of trepidation the draft is finally over! Now that being stated here are my draft grades, as always I will analyze every move the Raiders made and tell you which ones are exciting and which ones aren’t.

Nov 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) makes a tackle on Bowling Green Falcons running back William Houston (32) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bowling Green beat Buffalo 24 to 7. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Khalil Mack: The Raiders drafted Mack and that was no surprise, as Mack was a lock to be a top 5 pick. I must say I’m a bit relieved to see that the Raiders did not reach for a guy this year. After last year’s draft where we took D.J. Hayden in what many stated was a reach I am glad to see that McKenzie took the best player available regardless of position. While an offensive player like Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans would have been warmly welcomed, Mack is a surefire talent with the potential to be an impact player from day one. Further as demonstrated by the Super bowl defense wins championships. So, I am glad to see that the Raiders are bringing a rare defensive talent like Mack to rebuild. After the loss of Houston this offseason the Raiders needed a defensive talent and make no mistake Mack is that guy.

Here’s why: Mack at 6’3 and 251 pounds has the size to be a great linebacker actually he compares well to Von Miller, and Aldon Smith. While Mack is not as big as Jadeveon Clowney, or Anthony Barr he did as good as both of them in the combine.
For example Mack had a 40 yd. dash time of 4.65, whereas Barr timed in at 4.66, and Clowney had a blazing 4.53 40 yd. dash.
So he’s second best out of the 3 elite talents what’s the big deal?
Let’s view how well they did in the bench press.

Mack had an astounding 23 reps, whereas Barr had a mere 15, and Clowney despite being bigger only managed 21.
This means that Mack while being the second fastest prospect is also the strongest out of the 3 elite talents. Mack is also the only one of these 3 elite talents that did not come with question marks, for example all season we heard about how Clowney has character issues dealing with his work ethic, regardless of whether or not they were true this was a knock on Clowney. Now with Barr he has limited experience as a defensive player and might not develop, so there is a chance that he does not make the impact expected. Mack on the other hand did not have any question marks thus Mack was the best possible pick.

Grade: A

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Derek Carr Gabe Jackson Jonathan Dowling Justin Ellis Khalil Mack Oakland Raiders

  • raidernation

    Give them a 2nd chance if it pans out then what a steal, if not so be it. Who really can come out of a draft with all B grade or higher on all draftees. I won’t mention his name #2 .. he was also graded high and look how that work out. We can’t grade nobody until they’re on the field…

  • Ross O

    These grades are shit

  • ryan theroux

    I saw carr as the best available and an absolite steal inthe second round. Better arm than manziel and bortles andmore athletic than savage with bigger hands and build than Bridgewater. Idk how u dont see this as a steal.

  • Truthteller33

    D- for Ellis = ZERO credibility. ZERO.

  • KloverJane

    Well everyone’s got and opinion. Some narcissistic tendencies and borderline obsessive/compulsive personality traits. Not constituting a disorder. Overall pretentious and honest if not slightly biased in his ability to convey an idea. Or spark debate. Overall Andrew reported what he thought as any average individual with an education, could hope to accomplish.
    Grade C.

  • KloverJane

    True story.

  • KloverJane

    He’s going to surprise and prove people he’s legit.

  • Ryan Pierce

    Man I disagree with you a lot. But mainly on Carr. This guy wasnt drafted to be a project. He is the real deal. We are extremely lucky to have Schaub in there to show him the ropes.

  • Chris Schroeder

    You truly are an evaluater of the untalented my friend. Thank you for shedding some light on Andrew. Although a “C” being average is a bit of a generous grade. I would grade him a D-, simply for not seeing the value of a potential franchise quarterback and thinking they could just take any QB in the later rounds like the Texans did. For a team in dire need of a franchise quarterback that outlook was just beyond absurd so I have to take that into consideration when providing him with my overall grade.

  • KloverJane

    Thanks Chris. I agree. It would have been lower but the run on sentences were impressive enough that even Ernest Hemingway would have taken notice, turned green with envy, and cried plagiarism.
    See what I did there?
    That and boasting Edgar Cacy premonitions by stating “the aforementioned picks were reaches who had serious knocks and consequently may not even make the roster.” Oh the humanity! Lol

  • stucktrader

    No one knows until they actually make it on the field…

  • Eric Kench

    I can’t agree with the grades given to Ellis and Carrie. Ellis is an oversized 3-tech undertackle who won’t be pushed around at the line of scrimmage like Tommy Kelly was. Carrie is a good punt returner and could become the primary PR for the Raiders. Although I believe that Schaub still has some good years ahead of him Carr was not a bad pick by any means. 50TDs!!! Come on! McGill is a project and he’s too old to be a rookie.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Every Media Site is running some type of Draft Grade segment. I personally don’t believe in providing a grade for something that hasn’t proven itself, let alone a player that hasn’t proven themselves on an NFL Football Field. Yes, the Oakland Raiders drafted well and filled needs that were lacking. One of the best drafts in a long time. I do not agree with the assessment of grades given to these players. If you wanted to spin-a-yarn and gain publicity, I guess you did your job. Remember, this is a Raiders site, not a Haters site.

  • Mike

    Wow! Ease up Raider Fans!! Just one opinion among many. Yes, they need to get on the field but what fun would it be if we just said nothing. Love debate!

    I would have traded down more to get a 5th rounder to take a QB BUT since the board fell the way it did and Carr was there (my mocks had him gone by then) then I am fine with the pick. My boring life lets me view a LOT of tape and Harris is in on almost every play. McGill is fine though. Terrence Mitchell was available and I liked him a bit better.

    Overall I would give this draft a B+ Though it scares me to see the “Experts” raving about the draft…see “Rolondo” etc.

  • B Christopher

    Well, “Andrew” like they say, “Opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one, and they all stink!”

    Go back to San Diego, or Denver, or Kansas City and crawl back under that rock you slithered out from.