2018 NFL Mock Draft: Oakland Raiders 3-round mock 7.0

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ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is tackled by Roquan Smith #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs after a catch during the first quarter in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)



Roquan Smith

Linebacker, Georgia

The Raiders will pick at No. 10 overall, and with that selection, they should look to bring in a cornerstone middle linebacker. Roquan Smith showed during his time at Georgia that he can lead a defense, and the Raiders need a long-term solution at the position.

Oakland has still yet to re-sign NaVorro Bowman, and it is becoming evident that it likely will not happen. The team does not have enough money to give Bowman the kind of deal he is looking for, and it may be time to turn the page and turn to youth at the position going forward.

In Smith, you not only get an incredible athlete, but someone who is smart enough to be the captain of this defense, even in year one. In addition, he has that rare ability to play sideline to sideline, and you have to believe that Gruden sees a young Derrick Brooks when he looks at him.

When it comes to this defense, the entire unit is based around Khalil Mack, who could be the best defensive player in the entire league. He needs help, and while Smith is not the defensive tackle that could really take the pressure off of him, he is a player who would need to be accounted for on every play.

The bottom line is the Raiders need a middle linebacker, and Smith is considered the best at that position in this draft class. He is going to be a dominant player at the next level, and he would certainly look good in the Silver and Black.

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