The Raiders definitely wouldn't mind landing Leonard Williams. He would fill a huge need, and as Charlie Campbell reported a couple of months ago, Williams told Oakland that he would love to play for them. I didn't think there was a chance Williams would fall to No. 4, but as I mentioned in the Jaguars' write-up, teams aren't as high on Williams as the media is. This is not a rare phenomenon, as we saw this last year with Teddy Bridgewater. Many believe that Bridgewater's stock dropped because of a poor Pro Day, but in reality - and we reported this ahead of time - teams never liked him to begin with. Perhaps some will be surprised if Williams falls to No. 4, but the Raiders will happily take him.
Rd. 2, Pk. 3
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
I had Kevin White going to the Raiders at No. 4 overall in a previous 2015 NFL Mock Draft. The Raiders could still take him, but if they don't, they'll have to look for a receiver with their next pick, as Derek Carr needs a primary target.
Rd. 3, Pk. 4
Jeremiah Poutasi, OT/G, Utah
The Raiders also have to improve the offensive line, as another guard is needed to go along with Gabe Jackson.
The Raiders have a tough decision on whether to go with a disruptor for the defensive line or a wide receiver for Derek Carr. Oakland has a lack of talent at both spots, but after drafting Khalil Mack in the 2014 NFL Draft, the receivers group is worse off than the defensive front seven. The Raiders need to get Carr a No. 1.
As predicted, Cooper had a huge 2014 season being the feature receiver in Lane Kiffin's West Coast offense. Cooper clearly has the size/speed combination to present a constant mismatch. He recorded 134 receptions for 1,727 yards with 16 touchdowns in 2014. Cooper put together a string of dominating performances that showed off his great route-running, speed, run-after-the-catch ability and skills to fight for 50-50 balls. The junior dropped some passes though, so he has room to improve his hands and concentration.
Cooper collected 45 receptions for 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013, but was dealing with a toe injury that really slowed him down. He had a great freshman season in 2012 and helped Alabama repeat as the National Champion. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder carried the Crimson Tide passing attack. He caught 59 passes for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns for the year. No other Alabama receiver notched 30 receptions or 500 yards through the air.
Rd. 2, Pk. 3
Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
The Raiders need a defensive end to rush on the other side from Khalil Mack.
Odighizuwa (6-3, 266) has a nice skill set of size, speed and athleticism. He recorded 61 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks and five passes batted in 2014, but was phenomenal in many games and was more disruptive than the numbers indicate. Odighizuwa played really well against Washington. He missed the 2013 season with an injury and was a backup in 2012. Odighizuwa had 44 tackles and a sack that year.
Rd. 3, Pk. 4
Nick O'Leary, TE, Florida State
Oakland needs a tight end to pair with Mychal Rivera.
O'Leary was a nice weapon in Florida State's offense. The senior totaled 48 receptions for 618 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. He was huge for the Seminoles in their narrow win over Clemson and was clutch in a close victory over Florida. O'Leary is a nice route-runner with excellent hands.
O'Leary notched 33 receptions for 557 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013. The year before, he recorded 21 catches for 252 yards and three scores. The 6-foot-3, 252-pounder is similar to a young Dallas Clark.
Pick change; previously Jaquiski Tartt, S
Rd. 4, Pk. 3
Javorius Allen, RB, USC
The Raiders let Darren McFadden leave, and Maurice Jones-Drew retired. Oakland could use another back to pair with Latavius Murray.
Buck Allen (6-0, 221) has a real burst and is a tough runner who can pick up yards after contact. He is a one-cut downhill runner who also is versatile in the passing game. Allen was the workhorse for USC in 2014 and put together an impressive season. The junior averaged 5.4 yards per carry for 1,489 yards with 11 touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 41 catches for 458 yards and a score.
After firing Lane Kiffin during 2013, the Trojans rediscovered their ground game. They had a stable of talented backs, but Allen managed to stand out. He finished the season on a tear with big games against Oregon State (16-133), California (6-135), Colorado (21-145) and UCLA (20-123). Allen averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 785 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 252 yards.
I have three options here who are obviously Cooper White and Williams. Williams told reporters that he actually wanted to play for the Raiders which is rare for a young budding star and then they have Cooper and White who will boost Carrs production at QB and assist him to becoming a Franchise QB
Probably the best cash scenario for Oakland. Got their choice of Fowler, Williams or any WR. I can't see them passing on Williams here. I'd put the floor on him at #4. He is just too good of a prospect. The best in the draft. Williams and Oakland have mutual interest in each other also. Oakland is a team with alot of need so getting the best player in the draft at #4 is a no brainer. Williams is a Warren Sapp type prospect to me. Disruptive interior DL, that is good against the run and brings a pass rush. He manhandled the college offensive lineman he lined up against. Oakland is hoping he can do the same in the pros.
Lamar Woodley spent most of the season injured and didn't earn a sack in the six weeks he played. Justin Tuck is also getting older, while still effective. Gregory is a top pass rushing prospect that the Raiders won't be able to find later in the draft, where they will be able to build their weak offensive line.
Previously: Andrus Peat
The Raiders need to improve their pass rush from their D-line. Fowler can play DE in the Raiders' 4-3. Fowler might be the most effective 4-3 DE as a rookie, and he has a pretty decent ceiling with his athleticism and physical tools.