2014 NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders’ Seven-Round Mock 1.0

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Mocking All Seven Rounds for the Raiders

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Currently in possession of the No. 5 overall pick, the Oakland Raiders have the ammunition to do considerable damage during the 2014 NFL Draft. Coming off a 4-12 season, they must make the most of the seven picks they currently have at their disposal.

It’s going to be a big offseason for GM Reggie McKenzie and Co., who now have a huge amount of salary cap space to work with heading into 2014. There are numerous holes that must be filled, but they can’t afford to miss on any acquisitions or McKenzie, head coach Dennis Allen and others could be fired before 2015.

The biggest concern that must be addressed lies at quarterback. With only Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor currently on the roster, the Raiders have to be worried about their options. Unfortunately, the No. 5 pick might not be early enough to land one of the draft’s top three quarterbacks. Even if they find their new man under center via free agency, adding another when the draft rolls around should be a top priority.

The Raiders have other issues to take care of, though. Whoever is under center will need some more options out wide seeing as most of Oakland’s receivers are rather inconsistent. The offensive line is a mess and must be addressed this offseason. The entire defensive backfield also needs some work, and could see some considerable rebuilding before training camp gets under way.

Here’s a look at who the Raiders could spend their seven picks on when the 2014 NFL Draft arrives and what they would bring to the table in Oakland.

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1st Round: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

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With the top three quarterbacks already off the board, the Raiders go for a different type of offensive weapon at No. 5. Watkins is a dominant wide receiver who uses speed, acceleration and a little magic to make big plays. While there’s still some concern about spending this high of a pick on him, his measurables will be enough to convince the Raiders to take him this early.

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2nd Round: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

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After watching Lucas Nix make a mockery of the guard position in 2013, it’s time for the Raiders to make an upgrade. Su’a-Filo has quickly risen up draft boards as of late with his tough, aggressive playing style and relentless push. The former Bruin still needs some work as a pass blocker, but is a complete mauler in the run game and has the physical tools to be a top-notch guard in the NFL.

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3rd Round: Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford

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Unless the Raiders choose to re-sign Charles Woodson, it would be in their best interests to bring a starting-caliber free safety aboard. They can’t continue to settle on mediocrity if they want their pass defense to improve anytime soon. Reynolds was a playmaker at Stanford, and despite a down year in 2013, is still among the best free safety prospects in 2014. He’d be a considerable upgrade for Oakland.

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4th Round: Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State

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Despite spending their 2013 first-round pick on a cornerback, the Raiders are far from done with the position. Three players are headed for free agency, and might not return. Assuming that’s the case, Oakland would be wise to find some depth via the draft. Reynolds needs some work as a run defender, but shows great instincts and ball skills in coverage.

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5th Round: Jeff Mathews, QB, Cornell

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One of the most intriguing small-school quarterbacks of the 2014 class, Mathews has the size and physical tools you look for in an NFL passer. Unfortunately, his lack of experience against top competition and inability to read and react quickly are still major concerns. The Raiders need help at quarterback, though, and Mathews is an outstanding addition in the fifth round.

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7th Round: Bruce Gaston, DT, Purdue

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The Raiders could be facing several concerns along the defensive line this offseason if they don’t re-sign their pending free agents. Even if they do, more depth along the defensive front never hurts. Gaston is an outstanding physical presence, but a quiet 2013 campaign has him trending downward. If he’s available in the seventh round, the Raiders would be getting a steal.

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7th Round (via ARI): Tim Flanders, RB, Sam Houston State

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With their two top running backs headed for free agency, the Raiders are going to need to spark some serious competition during training camp if they’re going to find a reliable starter. Latavius Murray is the dark horse and a free agent could be added, but bringing aboard a rookie couldn’t hurt. Flanders was a workhorse for SHSU, and brings the versatility and toughness the Raiders need at running back.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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  • Gregg Brennan

    Speedy WR with the first pick and NOT Clowney, Barr or Mack…a pass rusher the Raiders desperately need? Who did this mock draft…the ghost of Al Davis?

    • Trevor

      Barr isn’t a great pass rusher and I’m not sure where people are getting that idea. He doesn’t have any pass rushing moves in his arsenal. Also, mack is better suited as a lb in a 3-4 defense as he is a bit too small for DE.

  • jesus christ

    nice so instead of getting better and getting starters they draft an overrated receiver and a bunch of castoffs that will never start in the NFL…………nice

  • Trevor

    The raiders actually have 3 qbs on the roster… They signed Trent Edwards this off season to a futures/reserve contract

    • Gil Alcaraz IV

      Sorry, I left out the “noteworthy” before “quarterbacks.”

      • Trevor

        You don’t say anything about “noteworthy” or otherwise. Nor does it Your article clearly says and I quote “With only Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor currently on the roster…” My point was you should do a little more research before writing an article. If you don’t even know the roster its pretty hard to accurately predict draft picks. While Trent Edwards may not seem “noteworthy” it does show what DA & RM are looking for in a qb… That they want more of a protoypical pocket passing qb… Making it highly likely the Pryor experiment has ended in Oak… Also, it would lead one to believe the team wouldn’t be looking to draft johnny Maziel should he fall to 5…

        • Gil Alcaraz IV

          Reggie? Is that you? You’re not tricking anyone by saying that Trent Edwards is what you “are looking for in a qb,” We all know he’s just a camp arm – must be why I didn’t see him as relevant to the article. And you may know the roster better than I do, Reggie, but I can hold my own.

          Either way, thanks for reading. It’s an honor to have the Raiders’ GM reading my work.

          • bob saget

            dont take what people say about the draft at heart, you at least addressed the areas that need better players, plus the fact that reggie seems unpredictably draft wise. making a mock draft is almost impossible and is simply for pure entertainment for a very dry part of football in regardes to football… all i can say about this draft is i hope the team doesnt draft a qb and just fixes all the other issues, there in a division were all the other teams have great qb’s easiest way to counteract that is to produce a great defense.. CB’s, pass rushers and d line is whats the team should focus on.. plus adding a few solid offensive weapons aswell

  • netraider

    No DT? No defense until Round 3? This is suicide. The Raiders need defense to have any chance in the AFC West. Upgrading the offense to 20 to 30 ppg when the defense surrenders 30 to 40 ppg will do nothing but torture fans.

  • http://batman-news.com swaggy P

    i would love it if the raiders drafted watkins. i don’t know why everyone is hating on that pick. they have a lot of money that they can spend on a couple big name free agents like Jarius Bryd, Alterraun Verner, Orakpo/Hardy/Bennett to solidify their defense and then add some more depth in the middle of the draft