Trey Tindell’s Final Mock Draft for the Oakland Raiders
On New Years Eve, Mike Mayock was hired on as the Oakland Raiders new general manager. Ever since then the whole NFL has been enamored with what the Raiders will do with their three first round selections.
Some have guessed the Raiders will stay put and select best pass rusher available. Some guess that the Raiders will move up to select former Oklahoma Heisman winning quarterback Kyler Murray. While the others guess that the Raiders will trade down to accumulate even more draft compensation.
The key word for me is guess. That is all we can do at this moment in time. Nobody truly knows what Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden will do come draft night, April 25th. Is it unclear even if Gruden or Mayock know what they will do at this moment.
This is my final mock draft for the Oakland Raiders. I will breakdown why I think the Raiders will select the specific player and what I think he can bring to the team.
Oakland Raiders Draft Picks
Round 1 Selections
24 from Chicago
27 from Dallas
Round 2 Selections
Round 3 Selections
Round 4 Selections
Round 5 Selections
140 from Jets
Round 6 Selections
Round 7 Selections
235 from Seattle
I will outline the top five positional needs that the Raiders need to fill during the draft.
1) Defensive End
At the beginning of the offseason Arden Key was the Raiders only defensive end of their roster. Throughout the offseason the Raiders have made sure to add depth at every position. But it seemed like defensive end slipped their mind.
So for me it screams that they are going to invest heavy at the defensive end position come draft night, possibly with two out of their first three selections.
2) Middle Linebacker
The Raiders have struggled mightily at their middle linebacker position over the past few years. Bringing in likes of Navarro Bowman, Marquel Lee and even more recently Brandon Marshall and Vontaze Burfict.
The Raiders seemly never want to invest early draft capital or heavy free agent contract to their LB position. In today’s pass happy league that is not a smart move. You have to have a fast and decisive linebackers to cover today’s tight ends and slot receivers.
3) Right Tackle
Back in 2017 the Oakland Raiders offensive line was ranked in the top five in PFF final grade. It is shameful how far they have fallen. But your pass/run blocking grades are bound to dip when you have to start two rookie tackles for most of the season like that Raiders had to do last year.
Parker set himself up to challenge whomever to Raiders bring in to compete at right tackle. Gruden recently came out and said that Parker and Raiders right guard Gabe Jackson are living/training together this offseason.
4) Tight End
Throughout the season if you listened to any Jon Gruden post game press conference he raved about the effort and production that Jared Cook was putting forth. He lobbied him to make the pro bowl, which he qualified for. He lobbied him to come back and sign with the Raiders, which he didn’t.
Cook signed with the New Orleans Saints this offseason. Leaving a gaping hole for the Raiders at their tight end position. They currently are rostering four tight ends, Derek Carrier, Lee Smith, Luke Willson and Darren Waller.
Waller is the wildcard. Gruden said at the Annual NFL Owners Meetings that, “The Raiders are going to give a long look at Darren Waller.” He is a wide receiver turned tight end so he has a lot of offensive potential.
5) Running Back
Projecting the Raiders running back room is quite difficult. Neither Mayock or Gruden has given any insight in whether Marshawn Lynch will be returning to the Raiders this offseason. They keep stating they will resolve the situation after the NFL Draft.
Their wildcard is Chris Warren III, he broke out last offseason program when can come in as an undrafted free agent. Gruden has mentioned him time and time again as somebody they will have their eyes on throughout this offseason.
The Raiders have two late 1st round selections. I think they will take a long look at using one of them at the best running back available on their big board.
DT Quinnen Williams-Alabama University
Williams is a force to be reckoned with in the trenches with his big frame, 6′ 3″, 303 lbs. He had single handily won their game against LSU with 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss and 10 tackles. That is a monster of a game for an interior lineman.
Williams has shown that he can produce those same stats in the NFL. He has is a rare prospect due to his interior pass-rushing ability. Williams has the quickest get off speed I have seen from an interior lineman in some years, possessing the ability to fire his gap and close on the quarterback in a hurry.
The Raiders traded All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack last offseason and ever since then they have been starving for some defensive help. Williams brings that and more to the table. If Williams is sitting there at #4 the Raiders will run to the podium as fast as they can to select him.
TE Noah Fant-Iowa University
As I mentioned in an article released last week, the Raiders brought Fant in for a visit last week. That means that have to at least be interested in using one of their late 1st round selections on the star receiving tight end out of Iowa.
Fant was well-known for his receiving prowess. Catching 19 touchdowns in three years at Iowa University. He finished his junior season with 519 yards on 39 receptions and seven touchdowns.
As I stated earlier, there is a huge hole needing to be filled at our tight end position. Our roster is already littered with blocking tight ends, Gruden looks to fill the receiving role with Fant here. I believe Gruden thinks he can teach blocking, it’s the catching part that is hard to teach.
CB Greedy Williams-Louisiana State University
The Raiders don’t have a huge need at their cornerback position. They have quality corners on their roster with Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley. Worley would slide over to nickel corner, where I think he could excel. Williams could step in day 1 and fill in opposite to Conley.
Last season, Williams finished with two interceptions, 32 tackles and nine passes broken up. He had some rough games against elite SEC competition. Current Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy burned him multiple times when they played against LSU.
Some draft evaluators are worried that his top end speed after getting burned multiple times this season. He has the height, 6′ 1″, that all the scouts are looking for but needs to fill out his frame, 185 lbs, to compete in the NFL.
RB Josh Jacobs-Alabama University
Going back to his coaching days in Tampa Bay, Gruden has been known for running the rock. The problem with that is their isn’t any viable options to pound the ball on the current Raiders roster. With devoting two of their three 1st round selections on the defensive side, Gruden starts pounding the table to get some help on the offensive side.
Jacobs finished the 2018 season with 620 rushing yards on 120 carries and 11 touchdowns. He was the driving force in the Crimson Tide’s title run that just fell short in the National Championship. Jacobs is a do it all running back, he can run, pass and block. He has the perfect frame for a running back standing at 5′ 10″ and 216 lbs.
It will be interesting to see if Jacobs will be here in the 2nd round. But if he is Gruden will love to finally get his workhorse back. Who knows maybe Marshawn Lynch could come back for one more year to mentor the rookie running back.
DE Austin Bryant-Clemson University
The Raiders are desperate to add a pass rusher this draft. Clemson’s defensive line is heralded, most of them are going to get drafted in the first few rounds. Bryant was one of the senior leaders on their defensive line. He finished the season with 15 tackles loss on 45 tackles with 8.5 sacks.
Bryant suffered an injury in November on his pectoral muscle. He decided to play through the pain in hopes to compete for a national championship, which he ended up winning. At the end of the season, Bryant learned that the muscle tore so he had to undergo surgery to fix the tear.
This forced him to miss the NFL Combine. He made a great impact during the interview process that convinced teams that he can still be a quality pass rusher in the NFL.
DE Joe Jackson-Miami University (FLA.)
I feel like the Raiders will be looking to add multiple pass rushers throughout the draft. The Raiders only have three pass rushers on their roster currently. They added a productive pass rusher in Jackson.
Jackson finished his 2018 season with 14.5 tackles for loss on 47 tackles with 8.5 sacks. He even shocked the world and returned an interception for a touchdown this season. Jackson was the most productive pass rusher on Miami’s defensive line.
Jackson is a natural fit in Paul Guenther’s 4-3 defensive scheme. He has such a big frame at 6′ 4″ and 275 lbs. Even at that big he has the ability to bend the edge and get after the quarterback.
T Calvin Anderson-Texas University
Anderson is a mammoth of a man standing at 6′ 5″ and 292 lbs. And that’s what the Raiders need to keep Derek Carr protected, a mammoth. It is hard to find starters this late in the NFL Draft. But Anderson has a chance to be a high impact player in the NFL.
Anderson played at the University of Rice then transferred to the University of Texas. Texas failed to recruit Anderson coming out of high school, but when he put them on his wish list Texas swooped him in. Anderson started eight games for the Longhorns this past season.
Anderson has a few flags, since he is so large teams have concerns that it will hinder his mobility. Gruden will have a lot of faith in OL Coach Tom Cable to turn him into a starting NFL lineman. Anderson has all the tools needed, just needs to put the work in.
T Mitch Hyatt-Clemson University
The Raiders invest both of their seventh round selections on offensive tackles. The Raiders need to fill a few holes on their roster and one of them is right tackle. Bringing in two well-rounded offensive tackles is one good way to bring competition into training camp.
Hyatt is a 2-time 1st-team All-ACC Selection and most recently voted 1st-team All-American. He used that momentum he created and entered the NFL Draft.
Just like Anderson, Hyatt is a big man standing at 6′ 5″ and 303 lbs. After a successful 2018 season Hyatt was invited to the NFL Combine to show off his athleticism. He moved really well for a man his size, posting great numbers. If Hyatt is available in the 7th round the Raiders need to jump on him.
4-DT Quiennen Williams-University of Alabama
24-TE Noah Fant-Iowa University
27-CB Greedy Williams-Louisiana State University
35-RB Josh Jacobs-University of Alabama
106-DE Austin Bryant-Clemson University
140-DE Joe Jackson-University of Miami (FLA.)
218-T Calvin Anderson-University of Texas
235-T Mitch Hyatt-Clemson University