OAKLAND RAIDERS 2017 MOCK DRAFT: This is our final Raiders mock draft. The Raiders emphasized upside potential last year and we see that again in our Raiders 2017 Mock Draft.
RAIDERS 2017 MOCK DRAFT
DT CALEB BRANTLEY FLORIDA
6’3 307. Brantley’s perceived draft value fell after a mediocre performance at the NFL combine. Instead of a sure first rounder he’s now projected to be a late first round, early to middle second round pick. We’re less concerned about his combine numbers and more focused on his demonstrated ability to pressure the QB while playing at Florida. Therefore, with DTs Jonathan Allen and Malik McDowell off the board, the Raiders pick Caleb Brantley with the 24th pick. Brantley has above average quickness, good hands, and was praised by his coaching staff for his toughness and selfless play. Caleb can be a disruptive force on the inside and that’s what the Raiders need. The knock on Brantley is that he’s undersized and lacks closing speed after his initial burst and the endurance to run down plays. That may be true but we also know Brantley has a way of coming up big when a game is on the line.
CB SIDNEY JONES WASHINGTON
In doing our mock draft, we looked at Oakland trading this pick for New England’s #72 and #96 in the third round. Alternatively, there is Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon. RB is on the lower end of their needs list but Mixon would make the Raider offense all the more dynamic as a power runner and receiving threat.
People keep citing the domestic violence issue but it was not domestic violence. It was a young kid reacting rather than thinking and thus striking a woman, a casual acquaintance who, from his perspective, was harassing him. It was definitely a stupid mistake on his part but forgive us all if one bad decision defines who we are as a person. Note: After this article was published it was revealed that Mixon also struck a girl in high school. We don’t know enough about the incident to comment in detail but if true, it’s very saddening and definitely raises concern about a pattern of behavior.
With RB not being a primary need, and assuming no trades, we decided to go with CB Sidney Jones. Jones has potential to be a top NFL CB along the lines of Sherman and Peters. Jones dropped from a Top 10 pick to a second or third rounder due to an Achilles rupture at the NFL combine. The Raiders need help now and there’s a good chance Jones may not play in 2017. A ruptured Achilles is a tough injury so there’s also no guarantee he can play at the same level once healed. At the risk of piling onto our second round pick, Jones’s build and frame is not ideal for the wear and tear of the NFL. So he’s a gamble…but lacking a trade to move back, he’s the best option.
DE/DT DEMARCUS WALKER FLORIDA STATE
The 6’4, 280 pound defensive end had a pretty good career racking up sacks at the collegiate level but by all accounts he is not geared to be an outside pass rusher in the NFL. Look for the Raiders to grab him but move him inside to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
OT RODERICK JOHNSON FLORIDA STATE
Roderick has started at left tackle since the midway point of his freshmen year at Florida State. He’s a huge, prototype Tackle at 6’7 298 pounds that potentially could go higher than round 4. There are concerns, however, that he lacks the balance and agility to be a quality LT at the next level. Some things you can coach, some things you can’t. That aside, we think the Raiders give Johnson a chance to understudy behind Donald Penn and eventually replace him. If he doesn’t work out at LT, he could end up being a pretty good RT.
CB CORN ELDER MIAMI
5’10 183 pounds – Smaller sized CB but has an abundance of talent and tenacity. He also has long arms and that extra length and reach is invaluable to a CB. We think the Raiders get a pretty good DB with this pick. Will be an instant upgrade in the slot.
CB/RB/KR BRANDON WILSON HOUSTON
Another CB? In the 1999 Draft, the Packers under Ron Wolf and some guy named Reggie McKenzie drafted 3 CBs in the first three rounds. That was to counter Viking WR Randy Moss who was tearing up Green Bay at the time. This pick for the Raiders is more about potential and best player available. The Raiders will have to find the right fit for Brandon but he’s too good to pass up if they have a chance to get him in the 6th.
LB MARQUEL LEE WAKE FOREST
6’3 240. Lacks speed to play outside but Raiders are drafting him to play MLB. He’s not considered a coverage guy so he may not be the answer at MLB but well worth a 7th round pick.
FS RAYSHAWN JENKINS MIAMI
6’1 214. We’ve seen scouts rank Jenkins anywhere from a 3rd to 7th Rounder. And we could see taking him as high as the fifth round. So why is there so much disagreement about his draft value? It seems to be a judgment about his instincts and that he’s best suited to be a deep, single safety and nowadays most NFL teams want more versatility from their Safeties. If the Raiders can get him in the 7th, it’s a great pick up for the team. As with some of these other picks, Jenkins has significant upside.
Oakland Raiders 2017 Mock Draft