Oakland Raiders Mock Draft 2014

As you all now I am an Oakland Raiders fan. Thus I decided to publish my way too early mock draft 🙂

Comp Picks (speculation)

Philip Wheeler-4th round pick

Desmond Bryant-4th round pick

Brandon Myers-6th round pick

Trades:

7th round pick from Arizona via Carson Palmer trade

Traded 5th round pick to Seahawks for Matt Flynn (SMH)

The Draft:

1st round

QB Derek Carr, 6’3/213, Fresno State

Carr has been a legitimate stud all year long. His TD/INT ratio is 39/4 and he has a cannon arm. He’s a good athlete who boasts a quick release and fluid movement in the pocket. He has some issues with his footwork and is at times to sensitive to pressure, but those are obviously fixable. Carr could easily be the Raiders franchise QB.

2nd round

RB Bishop Sankey, 5’10/203, Washington

Darren McFadden is as good as gone and while Rashad Jennins is worth retaining, here the Raiders would be getting their first every down work horse back in a while. Sankey can really do it all and the Raiders would have to jump on it if he was available at this juncture.

3rd Round

OG David Yankey, 6’5/311, Stanford

Yankey is a technician who has been a good run and pass blocker for Stanford. Lucas Nix, as pointed out in my most recent fan post, has been utterly terrible. Yankey could step in and man the spot at the LG position as early as his rookie year or at the very least provide competition. He also has experience at LT making him versatile. In most drafts, Yankey would be a top 50 pick making this choice a pipe dream, but the Raiders could take advantage of a very strong draft class.

If Yankey is gone another possibility could be Anthony Steen of Bama who specializes in run blocking.

4th Round

DE Cassius Marsh, 6’3/268, UCLA

Opposite of Lamarr Houston, the Raiders haven’t been getting much at the DE position. In fact we’ve been starting DT Vance Walker there as a result. Marsh is having a poor senior season which will hurt his stock but he put together a great 2012 campaign with 40 tackles, eight sacks, 10.5 tackles for a loss, two passes batted and two forced fumbles. The talent is there making this a great value pick.

4th round (comp)

CB EJ Gaines, 5’11/195, Missouri

Gaines has been a big part of Mizzo’s defense registering 40 tackles, two passes broken up and four interceptions thus far. The senior has a nice mix of coverage ability and ball skills. Gaines had 74 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two interceptions last year. He also has the ability to return punts.

4th round (comp)

CB Jaylen Watkins, 6’0/187, Florida

I’m actually having us double dip at CB which is understandable in a division with the likes of Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers. Watkins serves as the nickle corner for Florida being overshadowed by Purifoy and Marcus Robertson but he’d undoubtedly be starting for most teams in the country. He did a nice job of filling in when Robertson was out.

6th round

C/OG Gabe Ikard, 6’3/298, Oklahoma

Ikard is smart, strong and versatile allowing him to play multiple positions along the OL. I don’t think Andre Gurode will be retained next season so here we become some nice OL depth.

6th round (comp)

FB Chad Abram, 6’0/229, Florida State

Abram showed great work ethic when he transitioned from FS to full back and he’s looked like a Vonta Leach 2.0 thus far for FSU. He’s just as big as Leach and plays a similar role as well, as both a lead blocker and as a guy who can come out of the backfield and catch the ball. He has been key in helping that offense run successfully out of I-Form type packages. He’s shown he can blow up people too. With Abram lining up as the true FB, Marcel Reece can finally be utilized as the match up nightmare he ought to be.

7th round

Steve Hull, WR, Illinois (6’2/200)

Hull’s been really under the radar up until recently. He to is a converted safety this season, again showing the work ethic. He’s a fairly big bodied receiver with reliable hands who can be a match up nightmare against smaller defensive backs (check out his catch in traffic against Purdue, he had no right to get that ball). He’s also deceptively quick once he gets in his stride. His biggest skill is his route running. He’s been producing as over his last 3 games he has averaged 166 receiving yards. Against Indiana he had 224 yds and 2 TDs, against Ohio State he had 105 yds and 1 TD and against Purdue he had 169 yds and 2 TDs.

7th round via Arizona

Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois (5’11/192)

Ward is a legit play-maker, a tough hard nosed player who fights through injuries, and an emotional leader. His leadership and play making ability has been a big asset to Northern Illinois en route to a 12-0 record. If Woodson is retained he’d learn a lot from him. He has 74 tackles, 6 INTs, 1 sack, 5 pass deflections and a TD already this season. I wanted to draft a S earlier in case Woodson retires but Ward is the best they could do at this juncture and has a high motor and heart, exactly what Reggie and DA like.

The Buffalo Bills will end their playoff drought as they face the easiest remaining NFL Schedule.

Their remaining schedule includes falcons, at bucs, at jags, dolphins, at pats.

They have falcons who have struggled on run defense allowing almost 300 yds rushing the last 2 games look out cj spiller they have a struggling offensive line going vs a great dline, bucs have trouble offensively and will not be able to move the ball well vs this dline, bills have most picks in nfl season up to now and a stout dline look out their qbs suck, they will beat miami because of their win streak momentum and being at home and because their d line is good and will be matching up vs a mediocre offensive line, they will lose to patriots because they play them at fozborough in December which means they will sweep miami having tiebreaker over them. On the other hand, I have jets losing to baltimore as they have only lost 1 home game (ravens) and that was to Aaron Rodgers this is not Rodgers this is a very inconsistent rookie called Geno Smith, they will be splitting with the dolphins because their O line is very bad, they will be beating the raiders because a good d line going up against a terrible o line is never good, losing to panthers because Cam Newton is not making mistakes and their D can force turnovers and Geno Smith knows how to turn it over and in a hurry ROLLL panthers, and will be beating browns as they do not have consistent quarterbacking play.This gives both the bills and the jets an 8-8 record with them both splitting so the jets will have a 4-8 vs afc opponents while Ej Manuel and Co will have a 5-7 record vs afc opponents and will secure a playoff berth for the first time in Buffalo for over a decade.

NFL Week 9 Predictions

Chiefs at Bills
 
Are the Chiefs serious? Another game where they are playing another back up? And not just that, another game where they played the back up OF THE BACK UP. WHAT?! Everything is going right for this team. EVERYTHING. No Thad Lewis this week which means Jeff Tuel or Matt Flynn, but it is believed to be Tuel who knows the playbook over the newly signed Flynn. Wow. And even then, this pick will surprise some. Bills are going to win this game. Here me out. Before last weeks game against the Browns, the Chiefs were 21st in run defense. Then the Browns came in with their lack of rushing and dropped the Chiefs rush d to 10th. But that is the flaw in this defense: the running defense. That’s why I think the Bills will win. Both Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller are expected to play in this game. A duo like that might be able to propel them over the Chiefs. Oh, did I mention the Chiefs have gone winless in Buffalo since 1986? Yeah. I’ll make a bold statement.
 
Prediction: Bills
 
Falcons at Panthers
 
It looks like the Falcons are trending backwards while the Panthers are trending forward. Cam Newton is playing as well as anybody the past few weeks by limiting his turnovers. I think he finally learned that the defense will keep him in games as long as he doesn’t throw it away. An Alex Smith attitude, if you will. But, with his explosion and arm talent, can lead you to high scoring games. It’s also clear Matt Ryan is heavily missing his targets Julio Jones and Roddy White. After a rough afternoon in Arizona, the Falcons are trying to get back into this playoff race. But it looks like the season is done for the Dirty Birds.
 
Prediction: Panthers
 
Vikings at Cowboys
 
Two horrible defenses against one another should be made for a horrible game. Lucky for the Cowboys, the Vikings quarterback is Christian Ponder, which means they can just collapse on Adrian Peterson. Which means…the Cowboys will be highly embarrassed to not win this game at home. I highly expect the Cowboys to win on their home turf and expect a big game from Tony Romo.
 
Prediction: Cowboys
 
Saints at Jets
 
The Ryans clash!!! Rex against Rob. Too bad for Rex, Rob has Drew Brees on his offense so he doesn’t have to worry too much about scoring. And unfortunately for Rex as well, Geno Smith is facing the Saints defense who has a +8 turnover differential and also leads the NFC in sacks. Good luck, Geno.
 
Prediction: Saints
 
Titans at Rams
 
The Rams came one horrible set of play calls away from pulling off the upset of the year on Monday night when they fell to the Seattle Seahawks. The Titans won’t exactly blow them out, but I expect them to win this game and for the Rams to return to their mediocre ways. Expect a heavy load of runs as the Titans expressed their interest in giving Chris Johnson around 20 runs or so while Shonn Greene coming off injury to get around 15 as well. Let’s see if the Rams are up for the test.
 
Prediction: Titans
 
Chargers at Redskins
 
Philip Rivers is going to have a huge day. The Redskins coming that close to an upset of the Broncos was astonishing. Then they let them score 31 points in the 4th quarter. 31!!!! That’s how much the Jags have scored all season! Okay I’m just kidding. Think about how much has to go wrong for that to happen. Anyways, I believe the Chargers will win this game with a better Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead doing everything. And the Redskins will still be in the mix in the NFC East.
 
Eagles at Raiders
 
The rotating door of quarterbacks for the Eagles is still in full motion. Nick Foles is starting again this week. And we don’t really know what to expect from him. One thing we know, the Raiders aren’t going to let LeSean McCoy beat them. The Raiders might actually get to .500 after this week and I believe that they will. They’re defense has been decent this year especially at home. They’re ready to get back even.
 
Prediction: Raiders
 
Buccaneers at Seahawks
 
The Seahawks looked terrible last week. No offensive game, tons of pressure on Russell Wilson, and the Rams were even able to run through them. But I don’t see any way the Bucs can go into Seattle and get their first win. Not exactly the best place you want to go to try and earn a win.
 
Prediction: Seahawks
 
Ravens at Browns
 
Hey Ray Rice, millions of others and I who drafted you in the first round would like help please!!! According to reports, he has his burst back which has been lacking all season. We’ll see if it makes a difference this week in Cleveland. The Ravens are coming off a bye and I believe they will go into Cleveland and earn a hard fought win.
 
Prediction: Ravens
 
Steelers at Patriots
 
Both of these teams are just not the same this year compared to other years in different respects. The Steelers don’t have the same defense and don’t run the ball like they are known for. Meanwhile, the Patriots aren’t putting up points as Tom Brady is still struggling to find his rhythm. One thing does stay the same though: The Patriots are still finding ways to win games. No different ending here this week.
 
Prediction: Patriots
 
Colts at Texans
 
Ahh yes, another primetime Texans game because of lofty expectations after last season. That doesn’t look so good right now on Sunday night. Although, the Colts have been known this year to beat the best teams while throwing out a dud against weaker opponents. Also, it is their first game without Reggie Wayne, which I think is just a monstrous loss. And everybody will be looking at Case Keenum to see if he really will take Matt Schaub’s job for good.
 
Prediction: Colts
 
Bears at Packers
 
The Packers are rolling and the Bears are reeling. Aaron Rodgers is being Aaron Rodgers…and now he has a running game with Eddie Lacy. Scary. Meanwhile, the Bears aren’t the same on defense anymore and miss Jay Cutler at quarterback. I think this Monday night game could be heading more towards a blow out.
 
Prediction: Packers