Sunday, April 28, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Team Grades: Oakland Raiders

First Round: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houstin

When I heard this morning that Hayden was being considered as the first or second CB in the draft, I actually laughed. I knew he might sneak into the end of round one despite being a second round prospect, but I never imagined him going this high. His story and return from a life threatening injury is certainly inspiring, but he just isn't a first round prospect. The Raiders just seem to do this every single year, and it never works. I doubt this selection will turn out any better than the others.


Second Round: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

Now here's a pick I like. I thought for sure Watson wouldn't get past the Lions, but he somehow slid all the way to the Raiders. He's a bit of a project, but Oakland can take players like that because they won't be competitive for a couple of years. This is a good pick to help build for the future. He will probably get the chance to start at right tackle this season to gain some experience.


Third Round: Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut

Oakland had a weak linebacking group and a need at pass rusher coming into the draft, and Sio Moore helps fill both of those positions. He'll most likely play outside linebacker in the 4-3, but should be able to do a good job getting after the quarterback from that position. Many people saw him going sometime in the second round, so getting him atop round three is decent value as well. Great second day of the draft for the Raiders.


Fourth Round: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

I'm torn on this selection. Wilson will be a career backup in the NFL, so I don't see the sense of taking him with Flynn and Pryor already on the roster. If they were going to take a signal caller, they should have taken one early with the potential to start next year. By the same token, Tyler Wilson had first round grades on him before the season started, so you have to see the value there. Tough to grade this selection by Oakland


Sixth Round: Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado / Latavius Murray, RB, UCF / Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee / Stacy McGee, DT, Oklahoma

Busy sixth round in Oakland. My favorite pick out of these is Latavius Murray. He's an underrated running back who could have gone at the begining of day three, so picking him up in the middle of the sixth round is a steal. Don't be surprised to see him start a game or two this season while McFadden is hurt. The Raiders also filled their need at TE with two decent prospects in Kasa and Rivera. The two of them combined should be able to make up for the loss of Myers to free agency. Stacy McGee was picked up at the end of round sixth to help fill in the defensive tackle position. While he's a decent pick for this point in the draft, they should have addressed the DT position much earlier than this.


Seventh Round: Brice Butler, WR, San Diego State / David Bass, DE, Missouri Western

Two solid depth picks in the seventh round. Both of these players had a shot at being picked in the later rounds, so no major reaches here either.



Aside from the first round selection, I didn't really have a problem with any of Oakland's picks. They found solid value in most of their picks, and they all addressed positions that needed to be filled out on the roster. My biggest problem with their draft is that they failed to take a defensive tackle until the sixth round. Plenty of good ones were available to them earlier that provided great value and starting potential. Why they waited so long is beyond me. It was their #1 need headed in and it will be a major problem for them this season.


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