Rd. 1, Pk. 10
Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio
The Raiders need to upgrade every area of their defense. Cornerback, linebacker and defensive tackle are seen as the big problem areas, but Oakland also needs a dynamic edge rusher to start across from Khalil Mack.
Jon Gruden could see Marcus Davenport as his next Simeon Rice. Davenport is a highly athletic edge rusher who has been generating tons of buzz lately. He could be a top-10 pick with a strong pre-draft process, and he's off to a good start by performing well at the Senior Bowl.
Rd. 2, Pk. 9
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
Marshawn Lynch won't be on the Raiders for more than another year, so Oakland will need to find a running back for the future.
Kerryon Johnson runs with great patience and has plus pass-catching skills, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy.
Rd. 3, Pk. 11
Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
Defensive tackle will need to be addressed at some point if Justin Ellis departs via free agency.
Rd. 4, Pk. 10
Danny Johnson, CB, Southern
The Raiders struggled to defend the pass in 2017, as they are in need of help at cornerback.
The Raiders could use an upgrade at middle linebacker. Davis is an instant plug-and-play contributor for Oakland. His intelligence and character are a great fit with Khalil Mack and Derek Carr.
Davis collected 60 tackles, two sacks and four passes broken up in 2016. Davis was a strong inside presence who made a ton of clutch tackles for Florida in 2015. He was an unsung hero of one of the best defenses in the nation and was a beast who season in the SEC Championship along with the other late-season games against elite competition. In 2015, Davis totaled 98 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up, an interception and 3.5 sacks.
The 6-foot-1, 238-pounder is fast, physical and instinctive. He has sideline-to-sideline speed with the athleticism to be a three-down defender. Davis could be a Mike (middle) or a Will (weakside) linebacker in a 4-3. He also could function on the inside of a 3-4.
The Raiders could use an interior disruptor and pass-rusher.
In 2016, Adams had 44 tackles with 8.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, two passes batted and one interception. There were times where he looked like a first-rounder with his size and speed. From a skill-set perspective, Adams is an early round talent, but his motor varies between hot and cold. The 6-foot-3, 308-pounder possesses an interesting body type that could fit as a 4-3 three-technique or a 3-4 defensive end. He had a very good Senior Bowl performance, rushing the passer really well in the one-on-ones.
In 2015, Adams had 44 tackles, three for a loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass broken up. He dominated that season's opener against Louisville and seemed poised for a massive year, but that didn't come to fruition as his motor was too inconsistent. Adams recorded 43 tackles, eight for a loss and three sacks in 2014.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State
The Raiders were able to add Marshawn Lynch, but he isn't a long-term answer. Oakland could use a mid-round pick on one of the many excellent values at running back.
McNichols (5-9, 214) doesn't have great size, but he was a tough runner for Boise State in 2016. The junior averaged 5.4 yards per carry for 1,709 yards with 23 touchdowns. He also had 37 receptions for 474 yards with four touchdowns. As a sophomore, McNichols averaged 5.6 yards per carry for 1,337 yards with 20 touchdowns. He had 51 catches for 460 yards with six scores. McNichols could at least be a back for the passing game in the NFL.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Vincent Taylor, DT/3-4DE/NT, Oklahoma State
The Raiders could use multiple interior defensive line additions.
Taylor (6-3, 304) is a sleeper prospect who could end up being a nice value pick in the mid-rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has disruptive speed at the point of attack and the strength to fight off blockers. Taylor played well as a junior and decided to skip his senior year. In 2016, Taylor totaled 51 tackles with 13 for a loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass broken up. He recorded 48 tackles with 8.5 for a loss, five sacks and a pass broken up in 2015. Taylor has quality size and athleticism with good upside to develop.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Jordan Sterns, S, Oklahoma State
The Raiders could use some safety depth behind Karl Joseph and Reggie Nelson. Additionally, Nelson is a free agent next year.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Kareem Are, G, Florida State
The Raiders grab some offensive line depth, and Are could be a steal.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Ishmael Zamora, WR, Baylor
The Raiders hosted Zamora and have taken players with character issues in the past.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Hardy Nickerson, ILB/OLB, Illinois
The Raiders further bolster the weak middle of their defense with a good run defender.
The Bengals really screwed over the Raiders by grabbing McGlinchey who the Raiders would use to eventually replace Donald Penn. But instead they grab Roquon Smith whose stock has been raising the past couple weeks and will only go up after the National Championship especially if Georgia picks up the W. The Raiders top needs are tackle, defense, defense, and defense their defense was so bad they fired their defensive minded head coach Jack Del Rio, but that could also be because they team regressed extremely even after they added former All-Pros Marshawn Lynch and Navarro Bowman and they had the opportunity to hire Jon Gruden. They select Smith here because the Raiders desperately need a middle linebacker Navarro Bowman played about average last season and could possibly not be in a Raiders uniform next season. They haven't had stability there in years bringing in other veterans like Perry Riley and Curtis Lofton who at the time were both past their primes.
I really like Ward, he is a rock at corner, but Raiders could go with whomever they think is the top tackle, but corner is what I think THEY will do. Now Smith would be my (personal) choice because the silver and black has been trying to get a stud LB for the last few years.
From Dolphins Bills have plenty of muscle in this draft and I would expect them to use it wisely. This is an interesting pick as the Bills can go in many directions RB, WR, LB or take an O lineman. or even a QB for that matter. Allen simply makes the most sense for the frigid climate of Buffalo and it sure seems they are unhappy with the injured TT. Price 2018 2nd (from Rams)
The Raiders could use more inside linebacker talent for the middle of their defense. <br> <br>
Jefferson has 110 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss and four sacks in 2017. He's played his best this season and is working hard for Texas. In 2016, he recorded 59 tackles with 5.5 sacks and three passes broken up. Jefferson (6-3, 238) was highly recruited and showed why as a freshman contributor for the Longhorns. He totaled 61 tackles with seven for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one forced fumble. Jefferson was a bigger presence than the stats illustrate. <br> <br>
The junior possesses a nice combination of size and speed, plus a ton of athletic upside. However, some sources have said they've heard that Jefferson doesn't love football. They say that can be seen in his work ethic, preparation and lack of production. Jefferson was supposedly unhappy with how he was used by the last staff and that led to that perception, but either side of the argument brings concerns for NFL evaluators.
The front seven was a weakness in 2016, but Reggie McKenzie addressed the secondary in the first and second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. I think taking Obi Melifonwu over Zach Cunningham was a big mistake. Along with linebacker help, the Raiders' defensive line could use an interior run-stuffer and an edge rusher to go across from Khalil Mack. Here's the former. <br> <br>
Vea recorded 44 tackles, 3.5 sacks and four passes batted in 2017. The 6-foot-5, 332-pounder was a load at the point of attack for Washington in 2016, too. He totaled 39 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, one force fumble and two passes batted on the season. <br> <br>
Vea has a serious combination of size, length, strength, and quickness at the point of attack. He is a heavy nose tackle who is a rock against the run and can occasionally collapse the pocket in the pass rush. For the NFL, Vea also has the height and length to play end in a 3-4 defense as well as nose tackle.
Other than the dominant (but overrated in the eyes of a Chargers fan) Khalil Mack, the Raiders defense didn't play up to their expectations even a little bit. The offense looked lost and the defense was spotty. Even though they were actually better against the run than against the pass, they can't let someone with Smith's skill set fall farther, especially if a division rival could potentially pick him up. Smith is the best linebacker in this draft and was the anchor of the dominant Georgia defense last year. He is a prototype linebacker who has insane athletic skills. He'd be a great addition to a team that has a lot of big, bulldozers on defense but no playmaker. Most of the linebackers the Raiders have don't play smart, but rather physical. Smith does both and does them at a high level.
But Mack still sucks and Bosa will always be better. Go Chargers! (said by one of four Charger fans in all of the US)