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2014 NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders’ Seven-Round Mock 2.0

Full 7-Round Mock for the Raiders

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Already a week into free agency, the Oakland Raiders have made several moves to upgrade their roster. The defense is looking better – albeit older as well – and the offensive line is slowly beginning to take shape. With the 2014 NFL Draft just around the corner, the rebuild can continue for GM Reggie McKenzie and Co.

Here’s a look at how the Raiders could choose to use their seven current picks on draft day.

1st Round: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

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1st Round: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

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After losing Jared Veldheer via free agency and then watching the Rodger Saffold debacle unfold, the Raiders are in desperate need of help at left tackle. While there are some options available on the open market, the draft might be their best bet. With the No. 5 overall pick, the Raiders might get lucky and land a top-tier tackle like Robinson. Not only is he an outstanding pass protector, but he’s a fearsome run blocker.

2nd Round: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

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2nd Round: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

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The Raiders are hoping Tyvon Branch comes back healthy, but likely won’t have Charles Woodson back in the mix at free safety. If that’s the case, they’ll need an upgrade over Usama Young. If Pryor is available at the top of the second round, Oakland would be wise to pull the trigger. His coverage abilities need some work, but he’s an aggressive hitter who loves to lay the wood and set a physical tone – something the Raiders need more of.

3rd Round: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee

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3rd Round: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee

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While the defensive line is starting to shape up with the additions of Justin Tuck, Antonio Smith and LaMarr Woodley, the Raiders could still use an upgrade at nose tackle. The best option at the moment is Stacy McGee, which simply won’t do. Bringing aboard a behemoth like McCullers might do the job, though. The mountain of a man is a huge run stuffer who can occupy blocks and clog lanes – that is, if he can stay in football shape.

4th Round: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

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4th Round: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

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If the Raiders think they’re good with Matt McGloin, Terrelle Pryor and Trent Edwards at quarterback, they’re in for a rude awakening. Even if they opt to sign a veteran free agent, spending a draft pick on a young passer wouldn’t hurt. Murray has early-round talent, but will drop due to a late-season ACL tear. Given time and the proper coaching, though, Murray could develop into a quality starter in Oakland.

6th Round: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa

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6th Round: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa

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Outside linebacker might not be a huge need, but the Raiders could definitely use some added depth at the position. Kirksey is a tremendous athlete with a lot of upside who spent his time at Iowa making plenty of plays. Given time and experience at the next level, the potential is there for Kirksey to become a valuable part of the Raiders’ linebacking corps. Whether he’s Kevin Burnett’s replacement or Sio Moore’s backup, Kirksey brings value.

7th Round: Travis Carrie, CB, Ohio

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7th Round: Travis Carrie, CB, Ohio

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With D.J. Hayden and Tarell Brown locked down as the Raiders’ starting cornerbacks, the attention must turn to the depth chart. Oakland lacks quality coverage ability as they work down the board, which is why finding a capable cover man in the later rounds is a must. Carrie is higher on some boards than others, but appears to be a cornerback who could be available late. If that’s the case, the Raiders would be wise to draft the Ohio product.

7th Round (via ARI): Corey Brown, WR, Ohio State

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7th Round (via ARI): Corey Brown, WR, Ohio State

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The Raiders appear to be set with their first three receivers, but could use some extra depth heading into 2014. While Brown never quite panned out as the electric receiver he was dubbed to be coming out of high school, there’s still the potential for him to develop into a contributor. He’s fast, can make people miss in the open field and occasionally comes down with jump balls. Brown is a low-risk gamble the Raiders can afford to take.

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