Oakland Raiders 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds
Oakland Raiders 7-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft
There is speculation Reggie McKenzie may trade out of the No. 3 pick to accumulate more picks, but until that happens we set our crystal balls to look at who will hear their name called by Oakland on draft day.
The Raiders do not have a second or fifth-round pick, but have two in the seventh round. The lack of a second-round selection hinders what McKenzie can do to grab multiple starters in this draft. It is not impossible for Oakland to find multiple starters with their limited pick, but the chances are slimmer with no second round pick and little picks with which to work with to broker a deal.
Prospect rankings are still very fluid with pro days coming up for many top prospects, but the list of needs has not changed for the Raiders. Oakland most likely will go defense with a majority of their picks which makes finding prospects for my prediction easier.
However, guessing what will happen in the late rounds is useless at best. Teams always go all over the place in the sixth and seventh rounds based solely on what they see and hear from prospects in personal meetings. One can hazard a guess as to which position to go with, but the actual player is almost impossible to predict at this point.
The Raiders will surprise us because it is just in their DNA, but being able to predict that surprise would be cool.
1st Round (3): Sharrif Floyd
The defensive tackle out of Florida showcased his athleticism as a junior in 2012. He had 13 tackles-for-loss including 6.5 sacks as an interior defensive lineman. His most impressive feat was his two sacks of Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater in the Sugar Bowl. Floyd addresses the major hole on the Raiders defensive line and will make an immediate impact for Oakland next season.
3rd Round (66): Jon Bostic
Oakland goes back to Gainesville with their next pick to fill its other hole on defense. Bostic's skills as a middle linebacker will help sure up the Raiders' need for a difference maker on the second level. He had 94 tackles in 2011, but only had 68 last season.
4th Round (97): Leon McFadden
The cornerback out of San Diego State only stands 5-feet, 10-inches tall, but he is quick and will compete for every ball thrown his way. McFadden has great natural agility and can stick with receivers all over the field. He may not be the tallest guy, which will be an issue against taller receivers, but he has a lot of value in the fourth round.
6th Round (162): Alec Lemon
The 6-foot, 1-inch receiver from Syracuse would be an excellent pick for Oakland in this late round. He's a big body who made 70 catches last season to set a new school record. His size will be an asset for the Raiders, who are in need of a receiver to complement Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore.
7th Round (193): Baker Steinkuhler
The Nebraska defensive tackle can move to be a bigger defensive end or add meat to his frame to be a reserve defensive tackle. It may be a reach, but the late rounds are hard to predict.
7th Round (203): Nick Clancy
The linebacker set Chestnut Hill on fire with his play for the Eagles. Clancy stepped in as a starter after Luke Keuchly left for the NFL and finished with 145 tackles. He's a very athletic linebacker whose technique is horrendous. Having seen him play in person, he looks great on the field, but not on paper.