Its draft time for #nflukmock, check out my Oakland Raiders preview here and let me know if you think my needs are right. For now, the first pick is in;
Round 1, Pick 4 – Devin White, Linebacker, LSU
The first three picks in the draft were Nick Bosa, Josh Allen and Jonah Williams so it takes everything in my power to resist Quinnen Williams at DT, where I already have PJ Hall, Maurice Hurst and Jonathan Hankins. Instead I stick with the plan and get second year player Jason Cabinda some help at linebacker in outstanding talent Devin White from LSU. The Raiders need a lot of help in defence, and it’s tempting to take a pass rusher to replace Mack, but the Edge class is deep and with the afore mentioned young players in addition to a decent secondary (Joyner, Joseph, Worley, Conley and Nelson) there is now a young core of players with a very high potential and a lot of years to run on contracts.
Round 1, Pick 22 – Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
I do not think Clelin Ferrell will drop this far, as a young defensive end with a ridiculously high ceiling I cannot wait and see if he gets past other teams and drops to me at 24, so I trade a 3rd round pick from 2020 and my 27th pick in this year’s draft to move to 22 and grab the player I have as the 3rd edge on my board after Bosa and Josh Allen. Together with Arden Key on the outside and Hurst, Hall and Hankins in the middle, these 2 will cause huge problems for the rest of the AFC West.
Round 1, Pick 24 – Byron Murphy, Corner, Washington
The final piece of what has become a very fine looking defence, the corner from Washington is extremely talented and athletic, and the Huskies know how to produce young defensive backs. Yes the Raiders already have Conley, Worley and Nelson but arguably Murphy is better than all of them and in today’s NFL can you really have enough players defending the pass.
Round 2, Pick 42 – Josh Jacobs, Running Back, Alabama
Josh Jacobs here is a happy accident, I had been targeting tight end Irv Smith jr, and with talent like Hakeem Butler and Dre’mont Jones still on the board, I felt safe trading back just a few picks and picking up and extra 6th round selection. This backfired as Smith went to the Jaguars ahead of me, but I am more than happy to select the number one running back in this year’s draft and fill a needs for the Raiders and complement what is looking a fearsome offence. Derek Carr can have no excuses this season, he will be well tooled to succeed.
Round 4, Pick 4 – Isaac Nauta, Tight End, Georgia Bulldogs
Another really athletic player and sure starter in the league is tight end Isaac Nauta, he combines strength and speed to be a threat in the passing game, even adept at making the contested catches against physical linebackers in the middle. He is adept as a blocker too with a sound base and anchor, as a Georgia Bulldog he has blocked for Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
Round 5, Pick 2 – Mitch Hyatt, Guard, Clemson
Mitch Hyatt was a starter at left tackle for the Championship winning Clemson and a 2018 first team All-ACC. While he was a tackle has has many of the traits required to play at guard. The Raiders have a need here since the trade of Osemele to the Jets and being able to draft Hyatt with a view to filling that role as a 5th round pick seems like incredible value.
Round 6, Pick 38 Khalil Hodge, Linebacker, Buffalo
Ulysses Gilbert was nearly the pick here before I realised Khalil Hodge had fallen this far, I cannot understand the fall considering his talent, it is possibly due to not being at the combine. He is my 162nd player on the big board so to get him at 210 represents incredible value. I drafted Devin White to partner Jason Cabinda at linebacker and the real life Raiders have since signed Vontae Burfict and Brandon Marshall, so while there is no weakness or need at the position Hodge represents a huge potential and a possible fearsome threesome in the future for several years with White and Cabinda. While not my last selection on defence he is the final piece in a great young defence under my General Manager-ship.
Round 7 Pick 4 – Marvel Tell III, Safety, USC & Round 7, Pick 21 – Tony Pollard, Wide Receiver, Memphis
I’d like to describe my 7th round picks together, They are obviously completely different players yet neither are expected to fill a “need” for the Raiders in 2019. They are an investment, both seriously athletic players with huge ceilings and what more can you ask of a 7th rounder. Tell is a hard hitting ‘long’ safety normally coveted by the likes of the Seahawks with potential for also playing corner. Tony Pollard in my view is ‘this year’s Tyreek Hill’, Hill is the dream for any GM, picked relatively low down in the draft for his talent and able to play multiple positions and play types, Pollard, is quick, strong and has big play potential which at this stage of the draft is all you can ask for.
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