Oakland's defense improved as the season progressed, but there was always a big void in the middle of the defensive line. I imagine the Raiders will want to spend a high selection on a prospect who can generate some pressure in the interior.
Pick change; previously John Ross, WR
Rd. 2, Pk. 24
Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
The Raiders have two great cornerbacks in David Amerson and Sean Smith, but that's about it. They could use depth at the position, and it doesn't hurt that they're getting one of the top prospects available.
Rd. 3, Pk. 24
Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina
Latavius Murray is an impending free agent, but the Oakland coaching staff didn't seem to like him very much anyway.
Pick change; previously Carl Lawson, DE/OLB
Rd. 4, Pk. 23
Taylor Moton, OT/G, Western Michigan
The only weakness on Oakland's offensive line happens to be at right tackle, a position they could fix much earlier than this.
The Raiders could use some upgrades at cornerback. Oakland had coverage issues all season.
Tabor totaled 33 tackles with four interceptions and six passes broken up in 2016. Because of getting in a fight with a teammate, Tabor was suspended for the 2016 opener, but he covered really well after that and was a ballhawk. Tabor turned in a mixed game against Tennessee as he had an impressive interception, but also fell down in coverage to allow a 67-yard touchdown.
As a sophomore, Tabor recorded 40 tackles, 14 passes broken up and four interceptions, two of them being pick-sixes. Tabor did hurt his draft stock with a suspension during his sophomore season as well. Tabor (6-0, 191) had an excellent freshman season in 2014 totaling 31 tackles with an interception and eight passes broken up that year.
Some team sources say that Tabor has been overrated by the media, but he still could end up being a first-round pick. His best role might be as a big nickel corner in the NFL. Tabor is lacking long speed and gives up plays downfield. He is great underneath with very good feel and awareness, though he is a gambler and guesses a ton. Tabor is good when plays are in front of him, but gets in trouble with plays behind or over him. Multiple team sources like other first-round corner prospects more than Tabor.
Pick change; previously Tim Williams, DE
Rd. 2, Pk. 24
Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
The Raiders could use more cornerback talent.
In the early going of 2016, White produced some huge plays. He snagged a 21-yard pick-six in the 2016 season opener and returned a punt for a touchdown in Week 2. White totaled 35 tackles with 14 passes broken up and two interceptions on the year.
White totaled 44 tackles with seven passes broken up and a punt returned for a touchdown in 2015. He had some struggles with big receivers in Mississippi State's De'Runnya Wilson and Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell that season. White played well in 2013 and 2014 with two picks in each year and solid run support. He had 55 tackles as a freshman and 33 stops as a sophomore.
White (5-11, 191) is fast with the ability to prevent separation. He has shown steady ball skills over his career, batting away seven passes in 2013 and six as a sophomore.
Rd. 3, Pk. 24
Anthony Walker, OLB/ILB, Northwestern
The Raiders could use an upgrade at inside linebacker.
In 2016, Walker recorded 105 tackles with 10 for a loss, four forced fumbles, two sacks, five passes broken up and one interception. Sources say they liked Walker (6-1, 245) more as a player in 2015. This season, he was 20 pounds heavier, and sources feel that the extra weight has severely degraded his speed and explosion.
Prior to his weight gain, Walker was a fast sideline-to-sideline defender. He functioned well in man coverage and was very dangerous in zone. Walker had a great 2015 season as he totaled 122 tackles with 20.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, four passes batted, one forced fumble and one interception.
Walker has instincts and is always around the ball. He would be better off trimming down to regain his speed. That would make him a great fit as a Will - weakside - linebacker in a 4-3 defense or being a run-and-chase inside linebacker in a 3-4.
The Raiders could use a feature back as their rushing offense lacks consistency. A runner like McCaffrey could be dangerous with defenses focused on stopping Derek Carr and Amari Cooper. On top of that, McCaffrey would give Carr another receiving option. <br> <br>
In 2016, McCaffrey has averaged 6.3 yards per carry for 1,399 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has 35 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown as well. McCaffrey also had a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown called back by a questionable penalty. <br> <br>
In my opinion, McCaffrey should have won last season's Heisman Trophy because he carried Stanford in 2015. McCaffrey was a home-run hitter and a threat to rip off a huge gain every time he touched the ball. McCaffrey has a tremendous burst to break into the open field with vision, cutting ability and elusiveness. In 2015, he averaged six yards per carry for 2,019 yards with eight touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 45 catches for 645 yards and five scores. McCaffrey (6-1, 200) looks undersized, but he still should be an early rounder. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Alvin Kamara, RB </i> </u>
The Raiders could consider more cornerback talent. D.J. Hayden and Sean Smith have had rough moments in coverage this season. Adding more competition and talent would make sense for Oakland. <br> <br>
In 2016, King has 53 tackles with seven passes broken up, two interceptions and one forced fumble, plus some good kick and punt returns. King was one of the breakout players of 2015 as he displayed tremendous ball skills with eight interceptions and 13 passes broken up. He also had 72 tackles to go along with good returns on kicks and punts. In 2014, King totaled 64 tackles with five breakups and three interceptions. As a freshman, he had 69 tackles with eight passes batted. <br> <br>
King (5-11, 200) could have been an early round pick if he had declared for the 2016 NFL Draft. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Christian McCaffrey, RB </i> </u>
The Raiders need to bring more talent on the defensive side of the ball to compliment their fantastic offense. Their linebacking corp is shaky and very vulnerable to the run and pass with their below average athleticism. Cunningham can come in and bring some dynamic playmaking skills with sure tackling and instincts to compliment Khalil Mack on the edge. He can blitz very effectively and cover in space with great speed.
Last Weeks Selection: Adoree' Jackson CB USC at Pick # 28
The Raiders offense is sweet. Derek Carr, Latavius Murray, Amari Cooper, and Michael Crabtree are tearing defenses a new one. But it'd be nice if they didn't need to score 40 to win. Jarrad Davis could help them out there. He was a force to be reckoned with in 2015, and despite getting added coverage has still put up solid numbers. Plus, they like guys named "Davis" over in Oakland.
I don't see the Raiders with anyone need at the moment other than maybe another WR but I think they'll pass on that. When watching McMillan's tape he just seemed like a Raider. Tough, Physical, and always looking to knock someone out. I think he can really benefit from Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack. He has more upside in my opinion than Zach Cunningham but than again they both have completely different styles at ILB. Think Zach Cunnigham will perform better than him at the combine, but he is one of those players that might not be a athletic freak, but is a good nard nosed football player. Overall a good pick from the Raiders who seem to be doing that the last few years.
Last weeks selection : Raekwon McMillan - ILB - Ohio St
*JAN UPDATE* WITH TRADES . RD2&3 order is random for trades that usually happen. A few players have declared for draft.This does not follow my power rankings as that changes weekly. Used cbssports rankings.
With all the underclassmen officially declaring decided to update the mock draft I did before. Feel free to say how terrible it is, I've seen some questionable ones. Will make one post -super bowl, pre combine, then a bunch of post combine/freeagency/pre draft.