The Raiders began the draft on Thursday with 7 picks and Reggie turned those into 10 by the time the draft ended this past Saturday. He made several trades to help the team acquire more picks because the Raiders have a lot of needs.
Here’s a breakdown of their 10 picks.
1st round, pick 12-DJ Hayden.
He had a serious injury and nearly died, but Scouts Inc had him ranked 17th out of their top 32 prospects. He is a potential shutdown cornerback, the best they have had since Nnamdi Asomugha. They also signed CB Mike McKenzie so they have upgraded their starting CB’s since last season.
2nd round, 42nd pick-Menelik Watson.
He’s extremely raw, but he has a lot of upside and he’s huge. He stands 6-feet 5 inches tall and weighs in at 310 pounds. Despite playing just 3 years of organized football, scouts think he can be a very good player. At 25, he will be more mature than most other players who have just 3 years playing football. Hopefully, he’ll show enough potential to replace offensive tackle Khalif Barnes who was re-signed.
3rd round, pick 66-Sio Moore.
The Raiders had signed several LB’s this offseason and drafting Moore was a little surprising, but he’s a very good player and NFL teams need depth. Especially, if they play more 3-4 defense than they have in recent years. Moore was considered to be excellent in coverage while at Connecticut and should help improve their LB corps, a weakness last year.
4th round, pick 112-Tyler Wilson.
Wilson was a bit surprising to me at first since the Raiders have Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor, but Wilson has a great arm and will probably fight with Pyror for the backup position. He was a great pick in the 4th round and could be the starting QB in 2-3 years. He will be given time to develop after a disappointing final college season at Arkansas.
6th round, pick 172-Nick Kasa.
Kasa is a big boy at 6-6 and nearly 270 pounds. He only had 20 receptions at Colorado last season, but is considered to be a good run blocker. It’s very possible he starts at TE for Oakland. The Raiders only other holdover at the position is David Ausberry and he isn’t the blocker Kasa is.
6th round, pick 181-Latavius Murray.
A big RB (6-3 and 223 pounds) out of Central Florida, he ran a 4.39 40 yard dash and will compete with Oakland’s other RB’s for a roster spot.
6th round, pick 184-Mychal Rivera.
He set a season record for Vols TE’s with 36 catches for 562 yards last year and is also known for having great hands when catching the ball. He may end up being the 3rd string TE, unless he can push Ausberry for the backup position.
6th round, pick 205-Stacy McGee.
McGee’s pick brings back memories of Raider troublemakers of the past. From marijuana possession to driving with a suspended license. He was suspended for the first part of last season, but at 6-4 and 308 pounds, he gives the Raiders a big body to put on the defensive line. And their only DT acquisition was Pat Sims. McGee will get a chance in the preseason to show what he can do
7th round, pick 209-Brice Butler.
A longshot to make the team since the Raiders have a lot of promising and talented young WR’s.
Overall, I think it was a solid draft and McKenzie deserves a solid B for bringing in some talented players so the Raiders can try and bounce back from last years awful season.
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