Posted April 18, 2014

Oakland Raiders Mock Draft Tracker

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Oakland Raiders 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Blake Bortles, UCF

Blake Bortles, UCF (Rick Scuteri/AP)

What will the Oakland Raiders do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 8 (via Minnesota): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

We said: Watkins would have been a welcome addition for the Raiders, as well. Although, had they stayed at No. 5 in this mock, the pick likely would have been Jake Matthews — a plug-and-play starter at RT who could then allow Menelik Watson further time to develop, while Donald Penn locks down LT. Oakland has just six picks, however, with none in Rounds 4 or 5, which is hardly the recipe a rebuilding team wants to follow.

By swapping spots with Minnesota, GM Reggie McKenzie picks up a pair of extra third-rounders (Minnesota has two, courtesy of the Percy Harvin trade). He also adds a receiver that may be right on par with Watkins to free-agent signee James Jones, forming a suddenly potent tandem.

Round 1, pick 29 (via New England): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

We said: The Raiders send one of those selections added in the Minnesota deal (No. 96), plus its upcoming second-rounder and an early seventh-rounder to the Patriots. The goal for Oakland: ensure that it doesn’t miss the boat on adding a potential No. 1 quarterback. Coming out of Round 1 with Evans, Carr and an extra third-round pick would be a complete boon for this team.

New England, meanwhile, has never been opposed to jumping around. A drop of seven spots at this point does not sting very much, mainly because that fall comes hand-in-hand with an extra top-100 pick.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 5: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

We said: The Raiders and No. 6 Falcons seem to be a tidy little tandem in that they both seek more pass rush and could use an upgrade at offensive tackle. So there sits Robinson, considered the draft’s most gifted tackle prospect, and Buffalo’s Khalil Mack, the second-most coveted pass rusher in this year’s collegiate talent pool. How convenient. If the Raiders take Robinson, the Falcons will take Mack, and vice versa. Again, after listening to head coach Dennis Allen rave about the newly arrived Matt Schaub at last month’s NFL owners’ meeting, I’m not sensing a first-round quarterback for the need-to-win-now Raiders.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 5: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

We said: Clowney’s pro day this week will go a ways in determining his professional future (a loooong way in the minds of some!), though not as much as it might were he a quarterback. What the Raiders have at this point is a bunch of older players they signed in the recent free agency period, and a need to make a serious splash in the draft. It’s entirely possible that Oakland would overlook the alleged effort concerns with Clowney (which I believe to be more related to technique; Clowney frequently gives great effort but doesn’t have the array of hand and foot moves needed to bring more consistent pressure) and pull the trigger on a player that could help their defense a great deal from multiple gaps.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 5: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

We said: The Raiders — like the Buccaneers, Lions and others — have done enough so far this offseason to leave the door wide open at No. 5. They could take a quarterback or add a piece on defense or snatch up a wide receiver. They don’t necessarily have a clear aim right now. Watkins, paired with James Jones, would push a former position of weakness into a clear strength.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 5: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

We said: The Raiders could take Teddy Bridgewater and keep the top-five run on quarterbacks going, but this is a staff and a front office that needs to win this year to stay employed, so a rookie quarterback probably isn’t going to be the call. Better to let a Matt Schaub, Mark Sanchez or Michael Vick run the offense in the short term. Matthews isn’t as sexy a pick as Clemson receiver Watkins, but after Oakland let Jared Veldheer walk in free agency, and then endured the Rodger Saffold blunder, an instant starter at left tackle will do just fine.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 5: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

We said: With more than $65 million in cap space, and positions to fill all over the roster, the Raiders are in desperate need of true playmakers. And there are few more obvious playmakers in this draft class than Watkins, with his explosive speed and agility. Oakland might take a quarterback if Bridgewater or Manziel fall to the fifth pick, but putting a receiver of this caliber in place for whoever their quarterback might be would be a smart move for this team.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 5: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

We said: Similar problem here as with the previous pick: Who is the quarterback? Oakland, however, does not have the benefit of a Josh Gordon in its back pocket. Watkins would add instant credibility to a rebuilding Raiders offense, thus making the job of whoever is at quarterback much easier.

Round 2, pick 36: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

We said: If Carr’s not off the board by pick No. 8, there could be a steep slide for him, which benefits the QB-needy Raiders in Round 2.

Feb. 19, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 5: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

We said: With head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie both entering a prove-it year, the Raiders aren’t going to sign up for another season of just Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin at quarterback. Bortles may not be polished enough to become the instant starter in Oakland, but his prototypical NFL size combined with his mobility make him the quarterback who has gathered the most draft momentum in recent months.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 5: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

We said: The Raiders still have a bunch of needs as they continue their interminable post-Al Davis rebuilding process, but let’s give them a sure playmaker in Watkins. Few draft prospects in recent years have possessed his combination of speed, acceleration and ability to catch the ball on the run — and then hit a second gear. Like Percy Harvin and Cordarrelle Patterson, Watkins can line up all over the field, giving Oakland’s quarterback du jour all kinds of new possibilities.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 5: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

We said: Is this another spot for a quarterback? How about a wide receiver? Should their choice truly boil down to QB or WR at No. 5, the guess here is that they’d lean receiver — partially because any quarterback will struggle in Oakland until the rest of the depth chart improves. The line, in particular, must be strong for the offense to have a chance. Oakland needs to get Jared Veldheer re-signed this offseason. Pairing him with Matthews, who has extensive experience at right tackle, would set the Raiders on the right path.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 8: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

We said: A few of you might love this. Most probably will hate it. Even in penciling it in here, I’m not sure on which side of the fence I fall. But Manziel is better than anything the Raiders have at QB right now, be it Terrelle Pryor or Matt McGloin (both of whom have played admirably at times). This could be a franchise-changing type of selection.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 2: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

We said: Terrelle Pryor has given the Raiders a little bit of life at quarterback. The jury is still out on whether or not he can be a consistent, full-time starter in this league. But for the moment, Oakland has to like what it is seeing. That means the Raiders can focus more attention on a defense that clearly needs a talent infusion. Clowney up front and D.J. Hayden in the secondary would be a decent starting point.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 1: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

We said: Whichever team winds up picking No. 1 overall will be faced with quite the dilemma. Does that team nab a potential franchise quarterback or Clowney, the country’s best defender and a player that may have been taken first in the 2013 draft had he been eligible? I’ll stick with Clowney here, for now, because he’s the best 2014 prospect. Also, it’s a deep QB draft, so the Raiders (hypothetically) could land Clowney early, then possibly turn around with a QB like A.J. McCarron, Braxton Miller, Derek Carr or David Fales atop Round 2.

2 comments
PeterPraker
PeterPraker

Mark could not have hired a worse GM if he tried. This year will end week 6 with their 6th straight loss. It's actually over now - but that idiot Mark Davis can't see it. If he had hired a goat - we would be in better shape. Anyone could have come in and cut all those guys. We needed a decent, not even great, just decent GM to wait out the hell, hang on to the good players through whatever contract re-negotiations were needed, then draft and add a couple more FAs. Instead - that moron cut everyone, lets what little talent we did have the last couple of years walk out the door, and has brought what we wanted to get rid of - OVER THE FRICKEN HILL vets trying to extend their career and overpaying average players. I am done - no more season tickets. I hope they black out every game and move the team to Mexico.


TheHip1
TheHip1

Stop with the Watkins or Manziel crap! OL, DL should be the pick or trade down for more. The answer at QB ISN'T in this draft unless it is a gem in the late rounds. Oakland has a stable full of potential WRs, what they need is a veteran to lead them, not another damn rookie!