By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on May 11, 2014
The Oakland Raiders signed a ton of quality players in free agency. That continued over the weekend with Oakland's draft. The Raiders got a stud pass rusher and they brought in a quarterback they were in love with. In this slideshow, I will name Oakland's draft picks from worst to best.
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Shelby Harris has been a headache in the past few years. He went to Wisconsin as a top-rated recruit, but he was dismissed from the team because of team violations. He was then dismissed from Illinois State because of conduct detrimental to the team. Harris is a high-risk, high-reward type of player who could be worth the risk in the seventh round.
Travis Carrie is a physical cornerback, as is the case by his size. The main problem with Carrie is that he will be 24 years old when training camp starts. The Raiders have two competent cornerbacks in D.J. Hayden and Carlos Rogers, but the depth behind them is subpar to say the least. Carrie is raw, but he can become a good player with NFL seasoning.
Jonathan Dowling was Oakland's last pick, but that doesn't mean he was the worst one. Dowling is coming from Western Kentucky, which ultimately hurt his draft stock, but there is a lot to like from him. He is thin, but he has nice size at 6-foot-1. Dowling has good vision and he has good ball skills to go with it. Dowling is a nice depth player for now, but he has the potential to be the starting safety opposite of Tyvon Branch one day.
One of the hottest trends in the NFL is tall, lengthy cornerbacks. The Seattle Seahawks made a living off this last year and that helped them win a Super Bowl. Keith McGill is one of the biggest cornerbacks in this year's draft and he has the ability to be a solid player in the NFL. McGill is raw, but he has a ton of potential.
Gabe Jackson is a mauler who will be a nice fit on the Raiders' offensive line. Jackson is 6-foot-3, 336 pounds of muscle. Jackson has long arms at 34 inches, which will allow him to keep distance between him and his defenders in the NFL. Jackson has the ability to be one of the best blocking guards in the NFL if he gets the right coaching.
The Raiders deploy a 4-3 defense where a quick-twitch defensive tackle is needed at the three-technique position. Although he is coming from a small school, Justin Ellis has nice size and he shows a good first step off the ball. Pat Sims and Antonio Smith are solid defensive tackles, but both are getting up there in age. Ellis will be a nice rotational player to start his career.
The Raiders got their man in Derek Carr in the second round. Many NFL teams were scared off from Derek because of his older brother, David, being a bust in the NFL. Unlike David, Derek has a strong arm and he is smart quarterback. Carr played in a pro style, west-coast offense at Fresno State and he will be staying close to home by playing for the Raiders. Carr is much better than Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin.
Khalil Mack is truly one of the best players in this entire draft class. While he did not go to a big-name school, Mack showed how good he was when he played against Ohio State. In that game, Mack had 9 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception he returned for a touchdown. With Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley, Mack will have the chance to learn from two really good pass rushers. Mack has the ability to be a perennial Pro Bowler.
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