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2014 NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders 7-Round Mock, Final Edition

Final Oakland Raiders' Seven-Round Mock Draft

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With the 2014 NFL Draft less than a week away, the Oakland Raiders are getting ready to put together what should be an impact draft class. Despite their lack of mid-round picks, there will be several opportunities to upgrade the roster from May 8-10. It’s also a chance for GM Reggie McKenzie to prove he belongs in Oakland.

With that in mind, here’s the final seven-round Raiders mock draft before the big day.

Round 1 (5th Overall): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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Round 1 (5th Overall): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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The Raiders have a solid set of receivers right now, but they’re still lacking a true No. 1 target. They need someone who can be a go-to option for Matt Schaub. While Evans might be a stretch at No. 5, he’s a big, physical player who high-points the ball with the best of them and shows great instincts after the catch. He’ll also occupy the defense’s attention, which will allow the Raiders’ other pass-catchers to excel.

Round 2 (35th Overall): Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

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Round 2 (35th Overall): Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

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Put simply, Donald Penn shouldn’t be the Raiders’ long-term answer at left tackle. He’s a quick fix after losing Jared Veldheer this offseason, but shouldn’t be counted on for more than a season or two. That’s where Bitonio comes in. The underrated tackle prospect has a great blend of power and athleticism, and should have no trouble earning a starting job before long in Oakland.

Round 3 (67th Overall): Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

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Round 3 (67th Overall): Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

Stanley Jean-Baptiste
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Even with all of their offseason additions, the Raiders could still use extra talent at cornerback. Jean-Baptiste is an intriguing prospect with the size that teams are currently looking for on the outside. He still has some work to do in terms of coverage technique and needs to play with more confidence, but has all of the physical abilities to be a difference-maker at the next level.

Round 4 (107th Overall): A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

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Round 4 (107th Overall): A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

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Schaub is nothing more than stop-gap at this point, especially after last year’s pitiful showing in Houston. Seeing as that’s the case, the Raiders are going to need to put a plan in place for when it’s time to move on. McCarron is a promising project that Oakland can bring in to mold as an NFL quarterback. He’s a proven winner with the instincts and arm to start, but can he handle a complex NFL offense?

Round 7 (219th Overall): Josh Walker, G, Mid Tennessee State

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Round 7 (219th Overall): Josh Walker, G, Mid Tennessee State

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Not a lot of people know who Walker is, but he’s a talent worth be aware of. The Blue Raiders’ starter for the past four seasons, Walker brings plenty of size, strength and versatility to the table. Considering the Raiders’ lack of depth along the interior and need for some new faces, Walker would be an impactful get this late in the draft. That is, if he’s even available at this point.

Round 7 (235th Overall): Jeoffrey Pagan, DT, Alabama

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Round 7 (235th Overall): Jeoffrey Pagan, DT, Alabama

Jeoffrey Pagan
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These seventh-round picks should be used for developmental projects and depth, and that’s exactly what Pagan can be for the Raiders. In terms of physical tools, the Alabama product is a coach’s dream. Unfortunately, he’s extremely raw and hasn’t quite put it all together. If the Raiders can take his unpolished abilities and turn them into NFL-caliber talent, Pagan could be a quality contributor in Oakland.

Round 7 (247th Overall): Osahon Irabor, CB, Arizona State

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Round 7 (247th Overall): Osahon Irabor, CB, Arizona State

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In this day and age of the NFL, depth is paramount to winning. Especially at positions like cornerback, lacking depth can be the difference between a playoff appearance and a Top 10 pick. That’s why a sleeper like Irabor makes sense for the Raiders here. He’s athletic, shows good technique in coverage, and has a knack for making plays on the football. Sounds like a win for Oakland.

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