Oakland Raiders 7-Round Mock Draft: Post Combine Edition
2014 Oakland Raiders Mock Draft
With possibly the most unimpressive roster in the entire NFL, the Oakland Raiders stumbled to a 4-12 record last season, and will have the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Head Coach Dennis Allen and General Manger Reggie McKenzie look to rebuild this organization that was left in shambles by the past regime.
The Raiders have to rebuild this roster, basically from scratch. Thoughtless free agency disasters in the past have left the Raiders in an impossible position the past few seasons. McKenzie has done a nice job of tearing down the roster, leading the Raiders from having the worst cap situation in the league, to now -- when they have the best. Unfortunately, that has not led to many wins in Oakland.
The Raiders are currently going through a true and complete rebuild. The best way to rebuild your roster is through the draft. Now, with all of their cap space available, I imagine that the Raiders will be looking for players in free agency, but they need to be able to add impact talent in the draft to complete this roster transition.
With very few players on the roster who are expected to be with the team long-term, the Raiders can pretty much sit back and take the best player available in this draft. They will have positions they value over others, but with almost no obvious long-term starters, Oakland just needs to find talented to players that can become key contributors.
The Raiders are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. The tear down of the roster is finally complete; now the team must find a way to build it back up correctly. This is a very important draft for Oakland, as the players they select need to become a foundation that they can build a roster around.
With so many different ways that they can go in the draft, Oakland is a very hard team to get a read on early in the process. That being said, there are some players who I think are obvious fits and could become important pieces down the line. Here is a full mock draft for the Raiders, as they look to find something to build their roster around.
Seventh Round (196th Overall): Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
Colt Lyerla is one of the most intriguing prospects in this draft. Based on talent alone, he is a potential first-round pick. Unfortunately, nobody has more character concerns in this draft that Lyerla. He was suspended while he was at Oregon, eventually left the team and was later arrested for possession of cocaine. Lyerla claims to have turned his life around. Since when have the Raiders been afraid to take a chance on a player? In the seventh round there is nothing to lose, and Lyerla is a potential impact player. While risky, I think it is worth it here.
Sixth Round (165th Overall): Terrance West, RB, Towson
With both Rashad Jennings and Darren McFaddden likely leaving the Raiders via free agency, adding a runningback in this draft would make sense. Terrance West is one of the best kept secrets in this draft, and is one of my favorite RB prospects. West is more of a power back, but his 4.54 40-yard dash at the combine shows he has some speed. West shows great patience when waiting for a hole, and has impressive quickness and agility that allows him to get where he needs to be. The Raiders should target West late, as he has the ability to start and contribute right away.
Fourth Round (103rd Overall): Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
If the Raiders take a QB with their first pick, protecting him makes a ton of sense. Morgan Moses is an impressive tackle prospect that has the athletic ability to play left-tackle. At 6-foot-6, 314 pounds, Moses has the pure size to play on the outside. He is a very strong player that does a great job in the run game. Moses shows the footwork to be a great pass protector, but he has been inconsistent in that area. Worst case, Moses becomes a solid run blocker at RT. Best case, he figures out the pass protection and becomes an elite LT. The upside is there.
Third Round (67th Overall): Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
Bashaud Breeland is a very smooth athlete, that has the skills to become a shut-down corner. Breeland is a very strong player that has excelled in press coverage, and he has long arms that help him to knock passes down. Breeland has nice athletic ability, and could be a huge piece for the Raiders to build their defense around.
Second Round (36th Overall): Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
Playing in the shadow of Sammy Watkins at Clemson, Martavis Bryant just might be the most underrated WR in this draft. At 6-foot-4, 211 pounds Bryant has the size that scouts crave at the position. His athleticism is off the charts, as he is not only very fast, but he can get up and after a jump ball with the best of them. I think his tools make Bryant the best deep threat in this draft class. He is certainly raw, but the upside is absolutely massive.
First Round (Fifth Overall): Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
As long as one of the top three fall to the fifth pick, I strongly believe the Raiders will take a quarterback. Blake Bortles is the most likely to fall, and the Raiders would welcome him with open arms. Bortles would give the Raiders a potential franchise QB that they have been craving for years. Bortles has a very strong arm and shows great athleticism. His accuracy needs some work, but he is a very raw prospect that just seems to be scratching the surface. I think Oakland should bring in a veteran QB to help bring Bortles along slowly, but he has the raw talent to become a star.