Friday, May 23, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: Oakland Raiders

5th Overall Pick: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo

I was almost certain the Jaguars would be taking Mack with the third overall pick, the Raiders must have been thrilled when they saw Bortles' name called instead. This is as low as Mack was going to fall, so this is excellent value for Oakland, who is also filling a major position of need. Mack is a bit raw and won't be a superstar right away, but he has all the potential in the world. Luckily, the Raiders aren't competing for the playoffs, so he has time to develop. There isn't anything to not like about this pick. 


2nd Round: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

All the reports were that the Raiders would not be drafting a quarterback this round, but they pulled the trigger on Carr anyways. Schaub is definitely the starter this season, but I love Carr's potential as the starter in a season or two. He was my favorite quarterback in this draft, and he has one hell of an arm. Most people had him going in the first round (as high as the top 10) so the value is there as well. This could end up being a great selection for the Raiders.


3rd Round: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

Oakland continues to have a dominant draft. I don't remember the last time I gave a team A+ grades for the first two days of the draft. Jackson's stock fell leading up to the draft, but I don't really know why. I considered him the best pure guard in the draft throughout the whole process. He should be a great starter from day one, and he really solidifies their line. Great pick.


4th Round: Justin Ellis, NT, Louisiana Tech

This is a solid pick. Ellis fits the range as a 4th or 5th round prospect, and the Raiders really needed to grab a big body at defensive tackle. Solid pick.


4th Round: Keith McGill, CB, Utah

Another outstanding pick for Oakland. I wouldn't have been shocked if a team like the 49ers took him in the end of round one, so grabbing him in the fourth round is spectacular. This is the best value they've gotten yet, and they already have three A+ grades from me.


7th Round: Travis Carrie, CB, Ohio

I wouldn't consider him the BPA available at corner, but at this point it's down to personal preference.


7th Round: Shelby Harris, DE, Illinois State

Ok now this is a reach even for the seventh round. I doubt this guy will make the squad.


7th Round: Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky

I had Dowling going at the end of the sixth round, so there's a bit of value for this pick. I'm surprised they didn't grab a safety earlier.


I think the Raiders are in contention for best draft class this year. They received four A+ grades from me, which is definitely more than any other team got. They didn't really make the sexy picks some wanted, but I can't argue with anything they did this year. Great draft for Oakland.



  1. I read where Shelby Harris was rather winded at the beginning of rookie camp practice...So yeah, a bit of a reach by Reggie Mac...Well see...

    1. Hmmm, I think that is one of the reasons for training is to, ahhhhh, get in shape....

  2. Mike Evans threw up from lack of conditioning at Tampa's rookie camp.. Almost every rookie has to get into NFL shape.. Besides, I don't put much value on rounds 4-7 .. There hasn't been a HOF player drafted in those rounds in 24 years.


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