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 ūüôā

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.

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Pre-Pre Season NFL Power Rankings

Can the Ravens and Joe Flacco repeat?

With the Pre Season officially starting tomorrow (minus the HOF game) here are the power rankings right before. I provided some brief input next to each team and their strengths and weaknesses.

32) Jags

This team has a nice OL but no QB. Gabbert is a mess and Henne struggled against the Raiders 2012 ‘defense’. Greg Olson got the most out of him but he’s gone and Henne hasn’t even distinctively separated himself from Gabbert yet in camp. The defense is pretty bad with the exception of the LBs

31) Eagles

you generally won’t see the Eagles this low on most rankings but this team is a mess. Maclin and Benn both out with ACLs, the QB is a turn over machine, reckless, and old. The other guy is “neck and neck” with him so that’s not a good sign. Most of this team is injury prone (the entire OL, the entire WR corps, the QB, etc). On the bright side, they have Lane Johnson who has a ton of upside and a great running game with McCoy and Bryce Brown

30) Bills

I like this teams WR corps and they have some nice pieces on defense (Byrd, Mario Williams, Kyle Williams) but their OL took a hit with Andy Levitre gone and they have ? at the QB position. CJ Spiller is a beast but not a complete RB (pass blocking, goal line, etc)

29) Browns

If this team goes with Campbell they’d be higher but I have a feeling they’ll hand the job to Weeden. Personell wise this team has a stout defense but they are not a fit for the 3-4. This defense would be top 10 in a 4-3 but in a 3-4 a lot of the players weaknesses (eg Paul Kruger, Desmond Bryant). Their offense features a great RB and OL. But the QB sucks and Josh Gordon out for two games is no help.

28) Chargers

Rivers is good but OL sucks. Freeney is not fit for 3-4 and they don’t have a proven CB #2 or SS. RB is an injury prone average back. Great TE but most explosive weapon in Alexander is out for year. nice DL

27) Jets

Geno Smith looks legit so far but I still don’t trust Chris Ivory (unlike everyone else) YET, If he plays to expectations and stays healthy he could be a great weapon. WR corps is NFLs worse. Defense is solid but poor safeties.

26) Raiders

Great RB but needs to stay healthy. Unproven QB who’s shown flashes and intelligence but has weak arm. Young and talented WRs but again unproven. Unproven TEs. Solid underrated defense.

25) Titans

Unproven, talented QB. Inconsistent, talented RB who was once considered NFLs best. Young, talented WRs, good blocking TE. Solid, underrated defense.

24) Cardinals

Decent QB but crap OL (outside of Winston). Good RB (if healthy), great WR with young talented WRs complementing him. Outside of crappy safeties solid defense. Would be higher if they didn’t play in such a tough division.

23) Dolphins

Talented QB and RB. Mike Wallace as deep threat and Hartline as possession receiver is a nice combo. Good TE but crappy OL (outside of Clabo). Secondary got worse but still have Reshad Jones. Great DL, LBs are talented but potential one hit wonders (Wheeler, Ellerbe)

22) Lions

Good talented QB. Decent RB (one of the best pass catchers). Best WR in the game. Good TE. Meh OL, STUD DL. Good LBs.

21) Cheifs

Decent QB, Talented defense all around, Great RB, Deccent OL, Good WR. No WR#2. Good TE core. Bad SS, ILB #2.

20) Rams

Talented QB, Great TE, Very Talented WR Core (Chris Givens, Tavon Austin, Brian Quick, STUDMAN). Solid defense all around. Great CBs but bad Safeties. No proven RB but talented

19) Panthers

Great up and coming QB. Great FB/H-Back. Good RB core. Good TE, great WR in Steve Smith. Decent WR #2. decent OL. Great DL, LBs but crap secondary.

18) Buccaneers

Inconsistent, talented QB. Great young RB. Amazing secondary, Solid defense all around even with Bennett gone. Meh OL(other than Donald Penn). Great WR core. Bad TE.

17) Bears

Good QB and RB. Good TE, crap OL, good defense all around. Great secondary. Great WR core (mainly due to Marshall but Jeffrey is good). bad FS

16) Steelers

Great QB, good RB, great TE. Bad OL, good defense all around. (the usual for steelers)

15) Giants

Great but inconsistent QB. Talented RB, great WR corps. Ok OL but Defense has a lot of ?

14) Cowboys

Good but choke artist QB, good but injury prone RB. Great TE, great WR core. Talented and solid defense all around. Genius DC and OC.

13) Saints

Elite QB, good RB core (complement each other well). Great WR, Elite TE. Decent OL (Brees has a great release though). Still have good interior OL but bad tackles. Talented defense with some ?

12) Colts

Good, talented QB. Good RB core. Good TE core. Good WR. Solid Defense. Balanced team

11) Redskins

Ditto but with a great young RB.

10) Vikings

Ok QB but Elite RB and MVP, good OL, great WR core, good talented TE, good DL, great LBs,Bad secondary

9) Ravens

Great QB and SB MVP, Elite RB core, Torrey Smith is good but outside of him ? at WR. ? at TE. Good OL, great DL, great secondary but ? at CB #2

8) Texans

bad QB, Elite RB core, Elite WR core, good TE, good OL, good defense all around. ? at NT

7) Bengals

Average QB, Elite WR, Great RB core (gio and law firm), Great TE core, Great defense all around, ? at SS, good OL

6) Pats

Elite QB, Good RB core, Elite TE, Good slot WR, decent WR core (Dobson, Boyce, Edelman) Good LBs, Good DL, Good Safeties (McCourty and Wilson), Good CB core (Dennard, Talib, Dowling, Arrington), Great OL

5) Packers

Best QB in NFL, Talented RB core (lacy has been great), Great WR core, Good TE, ? OL, Great front 7, decent secondary (sam shields is good but ? at safety)

4) Falcons

Good QB, Great RB core, Great TE, Elite WR core, Solid DL, Good LBs, Great safeties, Good CBs, Bad OL

3) Niners

Good QB, Good WR, ? at WR besides Boldin, Elite TE, promising TE2, Great defense overall but big ? in the secondary. Best LB core hands down, Best RB core, Good DL even with Ian WIlliams starting, best OL

2) Broncos

Elite QB, Talented RBs, Best WR core (Decker, Thomas, Welker) Good TEs, Great OL but has injury concerns and QB of OL is out, Great defense, great secondary (if DRC comes back soon), Big ? at safety tho

1) Sea Hawks

Good Talented QB, Great WR, Good TE, Excellent DL, Great talented LBs, Best CB core (Sherman, Browner, Winfield), Best safety core, great OL

Those are my pre-Pre Season rankings. What are yours? Feel free to leave them in the comments as well as any questions, comments, or suggestions