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Oakland Raiders 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: 7 Rounds

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Oakland Raiders: 7-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft

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In trademark Oakland Raiders’ style, the Silver and Black only have seven picks in this year’s NFL Draft thanks to a conditional sixth-round pick the team was awarded last week.

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 sixth and 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.

One need that just popped up was the punter position, but I don’t expect McKenzie to draft a punter and tie himself to a starter. I expect you may see three punters come in during mini-camp and training camp to compete for the position. Obviously, the majority of the holes are on the defensive side of the ball and I suspect that is where McKenzie will go with most of his picks.

However, the Raiders will find a way to shock us in the draft like they always do. For Raider’s Nation sake, I just hope it’s a pleasant surprise this time.

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1st Round (No. 3): Sharrif Floyd

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There is no doubting this pick at the moment. Oakland still needs a gamechanger on the defensive line and Floyd is that option. The big defensive tackled would be a stud on the line given his motor and ability to find the ball carrier.

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3rd Round (66): T.J. McDonald

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If Oakland can find a quality free safety in the third round it will have a pretty good safety combination. Luckily, McDonald fits the bill as a big safety who can help near the line. The six-foot, three-inch defensive back is not afraid to attack the line, but could use some work in coverage. With the right coach, he’ll be the stud he was predicted to be out of high school.

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4th Round (97): Leon McFadden

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The Raiders also need help at cornerback and McFadden fits the bill. The gritty defensive back has the speed and agility to stay with receivers at the next level. The only issue is his height which may prohibit him from being a top corner in this league.

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6th Round (162): Alec Lemon

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Lemon is a big target for whoever starts under center for the Raiders. He holds the school record for receptions in a season, so he has the hands to compete in the NFL. Oakland needs more vertical targets and it may get a steal in the sixth round

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6th Round (205): Michael Buchanan

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The defensive end moves into the sixth round thanks to the conditional pick. A quick motor will help him see the field although he still needs to grow a bit to be an every-down player. Buchanan would be a great depth pick at this point.

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7th Round (209): Jordan Rodgers

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Call me crazy, but I don’t think Dennis Allen is set on his quarterback situation. Look for him to draft a guy late to push Carson Palmer or Terrelle Pryor and maybe earn the backup position. Rodgers would be the perfect pick for that scenario because he’s a smart guy who works hard and doesn’t make too many mistakes.

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7th Round (219): Nick Clancy

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Clancy may not be in this position much longer, but the linebacker will be the steal of this draft if Oakland can snag him. He may not be the best technically, but if you have the ball, Clancy will find you and tackle you. After accumulating more than 140 tackles last season, Clancy has shockingly been under the radar until very recently.