OAKLAND RAIDERS 2016 MOCK DRAFT – 7 Rounds
Note: Our 2016 MOCK DRAFT was updated on April 22, 2016 after the Browns traded the second pick to the Eagles.
The Reggie Nelson signing does not impact our draft strategy nor our mock picks for Rounds 1 and 2. We’re just breathing easier now that he’s on board. In last months Mid Free Agency Draft Needs article (Mid FA Draft Needs), we talked about the Raiders signing Nelson to a short term deal and then drafting and grooming a long term starter.
There is an abundance of 2016 mock drafts. We don’t like mock drafts but understand fans (us included) love/like to read them. We don’t like them because the Network Experts can project anything and ultimately are responsible for nothing. If they guess right, they are prophets; if they guess terribly wrong, nobody remembers the following year and the circus continues. By contrast, coaches and GMs are resigned and fired based on their picks.
Oakland Raiders 2016 Mock Draft
#1 CLEVELAND – WILL FULLER – WR – They could pick up QB Connor Cook but need firepower on offense.
#2 TENNESSEE – CODY WHITEHAIR – OG – Played Tackle in college but will start at Guard in the NFL.
#3 DALLAS – CONNOR COOK – QB – Cook will have time to grow and mature behind Tony Romo.
#4 SAN DIEGO – JARRAN REED – DT – San Diego got pushed around in 2015. Reed is an anchor.
#5 BALTIMORE – EMMAUEL OGBAH – DE – Ogbah will be a quality starter in the NFL.
#6 SAN FRANCISCO – LEONARD FLOYD – OLB – Potential 1st rounder falls to the 2nd and the 49ers snag him.
#7 JACKSONVILLE – RYAN KELLY – C – Jaguars address a primary need. Fans are excited.
#8 TAMPA BAY – TYLER BOYD – WR – Winston gets a big time receiver.
#9 NY GIANTS – DERRICK HENRY – RB –Rashad Jennings is showing his age.
#10 CHICAGO – KARL JOSEPH – S – The Bears add a playmaker in the secondary.
#11 MIAMI – JAYLON SMITH – OLB – This pick assumes he clears his medicals.
#12 LOS ANGELES – JONATHAN BULLARD – DE – Bookend style DE that can also play inside.
#13 OAKLAND – VERNON BUTLER – DT – Could have gone DT in 1st round but wait due to # of quality DTs in draft. Patience is a virtue as Butler was their target.
#14 LOS ANGELES – LE’RAVEN CLARK – OT – Will be groomed for LT after playing RT & LT in Texas Tech’s pro-style offense.
#15 DETROIT – MICHAEL THOMAS – WR – A lot of holes to fill including offensive weapons.
#16 NEW ORLEANS – VADAL ALEXANDER – OG – Some issues with footwork but a mauler once he gets his body into defenders.
#17 INDIANAPOLIS – JOSHUA PERRY – OLB – May be one of the best picks in the draft.
#18 BUFFALO – KAMALEI CORREA – OLB – Effective in pass coverage but also an edge rusher.
#19 ATLANTA – KEANU NEAL – SS – Not a glaring need but he’s a big hitting safety. HC Dan Quinn recruited Neal to the Florida Gators.
#20 NY JETS – SHON COLEMAN – OT – He’ll be a 25 year old rookie but Jets need a future replacement for D’Brickshaw Ferguson.
#21 HOUSTON – ADOLPHUS WASHINGTON – DT – A high quality DT. Solid in run defense and rushing the passer.
#22 WASHINGTON – NICK MARTIN – C – Washington has been shuffling players at Center the past few years.
#23 MINNESOTA – KENNY CLARK – DT – Versatile lineman. Gives Vikings flexibility on the line.
#24 CINCINNATI – VONN BELL – FS – Reggie Nelson isn’t resigning and Bell’s potential and maturity make him a good pick.
#25 SEATTLE – AUSTIN JOHNSON – DT – With the top OTs gone, they add again to the D-Line.
#26 GREEN BAY – ARTIE BURNS – CB – Needs to improve at run defense but excellent in coverage.
#27 PITTSBURGH – JALEN MILLS – FS – Steelers continue to rebuild their secondary. They wanted Keanu Neal but Mills is solid.
#28 KANSAS CITY – KYLER FACKRELL – OLB – Tough, all around good LB with good coverage and pass rushing skills.
#29 NEW ENGLAND – KENNETH DIXON – RB – Can pick up the blitz and catch out of the backfield.
#30 NEW ENGLAND – WILLIE HENRY – NT – A little unpolished but high potential. Can be a rotational player as a rookie.
#31 CAROLINA – STERLING SHEPARD – WR – Excellent route runner with ability to out jump defenders.
#32 DENVER – JOSHUA GARNETT – OG – Powerful run blocker who will have to be coached on pass protection.
RAIDERS 2016 Mock Draft – ROUNDS 3 – 7
Third Round, # 12:
SHILIQUE CALHOUN, DE, Michigan State
Draft stock has fallen despite forgoing last year’s draft to finish out his senior year at Michigan State. Critics question his aggressiveness and production against top talent but we see a productive All American with potential to have a stellar NFL career. Some will view this as a third round steal while others will cringe.
Fourth Round, # 16:
DENADRE HOUSTON-CARSON, FS, William & Mary
Outstanding career at William & Mary. Moved from CB to FS in senior year. Physical, strong in coverage, and praised for his on-field intelligence. The Reggie Nelson signing allows DeAndre plenty of time to transition from the CCA’s competition level to the NFL.
Fifth Round, #4:
ISAAC SUEMALO, G, Oregon State
Suemalo could be a starter for many NFL teams in 2016 but not the Raiders with their interior being staffed by Gabe Jackson, Rodney Hudson, and Kelechi Osemele. However, Suemalo provides insurance and reliability as a high quality backup for the Guard and Center positions.
Fifth Round, #15
BLAKE MARTINEZ, MLB, Stanford
His skillset doesn’t vary much from Ben Heeney but he is bigger and stronger and that could be the difference maker. Raiders could trade back here and pick up an additional sixth or seventh round pick as compensation…and still have a chance at Martinez.
Sixth Round, #19
WILLIE BEAVERS, OT, Western Michigan
Willie can go anywhere from the late 4th round to the mid-6th round and we have the Raiders grabbing him late. What round he goes depends how quickly teams think he can be developed into a starter, if at all. The potential is there so it’s a good pick for the Raiders who can let him develop a year or two behind Donald Penn. At worst he’s a backup for both Tackle positions.
Seventh Round, #13
DARIUS JACKSON, RB, Eastern Michigan
He’s 6-1 200 pounds and runs a sub 4.4 in the 40 yard dash. Was very productive at Eastern Michigan where he rushed for over 1,000 yards and 14 TDs in his senior year (12 games). Despite his production, he appears to be more of an over achiever than a RB with natural ability. Hard to say how much is really there but worth a shot in the seventh round. Can always make a living on special teams.