Oakland Raiders 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2: 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.
Oakland has not done itself any favors with its moves in free agency and has opened up more holes to fill. There are only so many prospects that would fit the specific needs the Raiders have and the lack of a second-round pick is harmful in trying to fill all their pressing needs.
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 best part is the Raiders have so many holes, almost any position will work in these later rounds. I personally went with the most pressing need and not necessarily the best player that fits a need.
The Raiders will find a way to shock us in the draft like they did in free agency. However, the majority of players selected by McKenzie should be on defense and that I can almost guarantee.
1st Round (No. 3): Sharrif Floyd
If Oakland has one defensive need, which they definitely do not, it would be at defensive tackle. The Raiders top-three defensive tackles will likely not be on the roster in August, so Floyd is the perfect pick in this prestigious spot. Floyd is an athletic defensive tackle who had 13 tackles-for-loss including 6.5 sacks as an interior defensive lineman. He will be a difference maker on the Raiders defense and it will be an utter shock if Floyd is not the pick at No. 3.
3rd Round (66): Jon Bostic
Oakland will go back to Gainesville with its second pick and find a difference maker at linebacker. Bostic has all the skills necessary to be a productive middle linebacker in the NFL, exactly what the Raiders need to complete its linebacking corps. Bostic struggled last season, but his 94 tackles in 2011 proves he can compete at the next level.
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. Oakland needs help in the secondary, particularly at cornerback, and McFadden is a great value pick despite his height.
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 need to find a big body to replace Darrius Heyward-Bey. Lemon won't become a number one receiver, but he will be a solid second or third option vertically.
7th Round (193): Michael Buchanan
After losing Matt Shaughnessy to free agency, Oakland may look for a defensive end earlier in the draft. However, with a couple of other pressing needs, the Raiders will take Buchanan who struggled this season on a horrendous team. Buchanan is a second-round talent that will most likely fall to the seventh round, a perfect selection for Oakland late in the draft.
7th Round (203): Nick Clancy
Clancy is an instinctive linebacker who can make a difference for the Raiders if put in the right situation. He does not have the best technique, but 145 tackles in a 12-game season means Clancy can find the ball carrier and bring him to the ground.