2014 NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders’ Seven-Round Mock 3.0

Seven-Round Mock Draft for the Oakland Raiders

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With the 2014 NFL Draft less than a month away, the Oakland Raiders are just about set in what they plan on doing when they’re finally on the clock. They have numerous issues still to be addressed this offseason, and have only six picks to make significant upgrades. This loaded 2014 draft class, though, will offer plenty of opportunities to improve.

Here’s a look at how the Raiders could choose to use their six picks during the 2014 NFL Draft.

1st Round: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

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1st Round: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Sammy Watkins
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For years, the Raiders have been searching for a legitimate No. 1 receiver who could give them a serious threat in the passing game. They thought they had it with Denarius Moore, but that never quite panned out. James Jones was a solid offseason addition, but is better suited for a complementary role. With Watkins, the Raiders would be getting a top-flight receiver who can make plays down the field and after the catch.

2nd Round: David Yankey, G, Stanford

David Yankey
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2nd Round: David Yankey, G, Stanford

David Yankey
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It’s been some time since the Raiders had a dominant guard. After watching the disastrous performance that Lucas Nix put on last season, it’s time for a serious upgrade. Yankey is arguably the best guard of the 2014 class, using smarts, technique and leverage to consistently win battles in the trenches. If he can add some strength and build on his current skill set, Yankey could be a Pro Bowler in Oakland.

3rd Round: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida

Loucheiz Purifoy
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3rd Round: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida

Loucheiz Purifoy
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Even with the two significant offseason additions at cornerback, the Raiders are still in need of some more young talent at the position. Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers are solid stop gaps, but Oakland needs to find some long-term potential. That’s what they’d get in Purifoy, an athletic, fast cornerback who has a knack for making big plays. His technique needs a lot of work, but he has the potential to be a star if he reaches his ceiling.

4th Round: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

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4th Round: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

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The acquisition of Matt Schaub was only a short-term fix at quarterback. Sooner or later, the Raiders will need to make a move for the future, and Murray seems like a solid option. The Georgia product is being largely overlooked due to his recent ACL tear, but is an underrated prospect with the arm, intelligence and confidence to be a starter at the next level. If Oakland grabs Murray, he’ll be starting before long.

7th Round: Tre Boston, FS, North Carolina

Tre Boston
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7th Round: Tre Boston, FS, North Carolina

Tre Boston
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Charles Woodson only has another year or two left on the tires before he calls it a career. Usama Young is an adequate replacement, but might not be anything more than a quality backup. While Boston isn’t exactly a solve-all at free safety, the former Tar Heel definitely offers some upside. He’s a tough, reliable run defender who has a knack for finding the football. His coverage skills need some work, but the potential is there.

7th Round (via ARI): Keith Smith, ILB, San Jose State

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7th Round (via ARI): Keith Smith, ILB, San Jose State

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The Raiders have two capable middle linebackers, but neither appears to be a long-term option. While they don’t need a new starter right now, finding a developmental talent who can eventually take over makes sense. Smith is an intriguing prospect with the athleticism, toughness and smarts to start down the road. His pass coverage is average and he isn’t a pass-rushing threat, but is a big playmaker against the run.

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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