The Raiders have some solid building blocks on defense, but they still need lots of help on this side of the ball, particularly at linebacker. Jaylon Smith would provide a big boost in the lacking middle of Oakland's stop unit, and he also happens to be one of the best prospects available at this juncture, so he makes sense for multiple reasons.
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Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
Dan Williams looks like a great signing thus far, but the Raiders need help next to him, as they don't have anyone else to rush the passer in the interior.
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Emmanuel Ogbah, DE/3-4OLB/3-4DE, Oklahoma State
The Raiders could use a pass-rusher to pair with Khalil Mack. Before long, Mack is going to see a ton of double-teams, so having another rusher will be a necessity.
Ogbah's totaled 25 tackles, 10 for a loss and 6.5 sacks in 2015. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder broke out for the Cowboys in 2014 with 11 sacks, 49 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and five passes batted. He has speed to go with size. Ogbah has a nice first step with the quickness to win around the edge. He also has the power to beat tackles with a bull rush or a strong rip move. Ogbah has been very consistent and steady in 2015.
Pick change; previously Shilique Calhoun, DE
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Josh Augusta, DT/NT, Missouri
Oakland's defensive line could use a penetrator to pair with nose tackle Justin Ellis.
Augusta has eight tackles, three for a loss and a pass batted this season. Shane Ray and Markus Golden received all the attention in 2014, but Augusta and the interior of the defensive line had a fine season as well. The sophomore totaled 23 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, one interception and two forced fumbles on the year. He was disruptive at the point of attack.
Augusta notched two sacks as a freshman backup in 2013. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder has upside with size and speed.
Justin Tuck and Kahlil Mack are listed as the DEs on the First Depth Chart. By Drafting Joey Bosa,Mack will shift back to the STUD Linebacker that he is.With Bosa's Versatile speed and size The Raiders Defense will start looking like a success.Oakland will likely not have a top ten pick if cooper is a first year success
Oakland showed last year they aren't afraid to take wide receivers high in the draft so this pick isn't crazy. They would love to continue to surround Derek Carr with talent and improve their offense. Also, Boyd is a good compliment to Cooper as he is more of a bigger bodied deep threat.