Oakland Raiders 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 4: 7 Rounds
Oakland Raiders: 7-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft
Can you believe we have less than a month until the 2013 NFL Draft?
Free agency continues to be in full swing and the Oakland Raiders continue to sit back and make the occasional signing. In fact, they spent more time in the headlines for who they released then who they signed. However, Reggie McKenzie still has a lot of decisions ahead of him.
The Raiders’ roster at the moment is one of the worst in the NFL and that probably won’t change until next season when a lot of dead money comes off the salary cap. Yet, the Raiders have the third overall pick and can get a big name prospect to instantly upgrade their roster.
Oakland’s seven picks are not in good enough positions to get multiple starters unless it hits the jackpot in the later rounds. The Raiders have four picks in the final two rounds and only two in the first three rounds. Their second-round pick now belongs to the Cincinnati Bengals thanks to the Carson Palmer trade, which is devastating for rebuilding the roster with players who will come in and compete for playing time right away.
This week’s mock draft has a lot of changes with players shifting around and more new players coming onto the board. Oakland has too many holes to fill so I looked at which needs for the most pressing and where the Raiders could get good value later in the draft. If they play their cards right, the Raiders could get two or three good steals in the latter part of the draft with some very promising prospects, who had great college careers, but whose skill sets may lack a necessary attribute to be a top draft pick.
1st Round (No. 3): Sharrif Floyd
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. He’ll also eat up multiple blockers giving the defensive ends less obstacles they need to shed to get to the quarterback.
3rd Round (66): T.J. McDonald
If Oakland can find a quality free safety in the third round it will have a pretty good safety combination. Luckily, McDonald is the perfect as a big safety, who will help the linebackers near the line of scrimmage. The six-foot, three-inch defensive back is not afraid to attack the line, but could use some work in coverage. With the right tutelage, he’ll be the stud he was predicted to be out of high school and shore up the Raiders’ secondary.
4th Round (97): Leon McFadden
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. Of course, Oakland is not looking for a number one corner in the fourth round, therefore the pick will give the Raiders a great nickelback option to cover the slot receiver.
6th Round (162): Jake Stoneburner
Oakland will find its man to replace Brandon Myers’ production in Stoneburner. The Ohio State-product has the hands to replace Myers in the passing game, but struggles in the run-blocking game. He has vastly improved as a blocker in the past couple of years and will only improve by working with Tony Sparano. Either way, Stoneburner would still be a great pick at this point for his catching skills alone.
6th Round (205): Sean Renfree
Combine a Duke education with one of the best quarterback minds in college football and you theoretically have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL Draft. Renfree may not live up to that hype, but he has all the attributes of a great quarterback at the next level. He is big and strong and able to make every throw. He is smart and does an excellent job with his progressions and reading defenses. He also played under the amazing David Cutcliffe, the same coach who mentored Eli and Peyton Manning in college. If the Raiders want someone who can be an excellent backup and possibly challenge for the starting job, Renfree is the man.
7th Round (209): Nick Clancy
Clancy will be the steal of this draft if Oakland can snag him at some point. 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. His nose for the ball is exactly the type of characteristic the Raiders need on their defense.
7th Round (219): Tyrone Goard
Goard has all the physical assets to be a marquee receiver in the NFL. His big body and tremendous length makes him an ideal target. However, his career Eastern Kentucky lacked NFL-caliber competition and Goard struggled in his first go against superior competition. The reason this isn’t worrisome is you can teach skills and mold him into a good wideout given his natural physique.