RAIDERS 2017 MOCK DRAFT – After the first wave of free agency, the Oakland Raiders primary needs haven’t changed very much. An interior pass rusher remains the top priority. On defense, Oakland must also address the MLB and CB positions. On the offensive side of the ball, the Raiders need to find a heir to LT Donald Penn. They also need to upgrade at RT.
The signing of Jared Cook upgrades the TE spot but not wildly so. Cook is a good TE in his own right, but Aaron Rodgers made him look even better. Losing Latavius Murray to the Vikings shakes up the RB spot but don’t expect any major moves there. RT Marshall Newhouse coming in for the departing Menelik Watson would appear to be a neutral move, though Watson clearly has much more potential.
LB Malcom Smith will be missed but there’s no way the Raiders could justify matching the 49er’s offer. CB DJ Hayden left for greener pastures and a change of scenery. His departure is a depth issue. Losing Stacy McGee puts a lot of pressure on the Raiders to come up big in the draft. Even with McGee staying, Oakland would be looking for an interior pass rusher. Losing McGee just compounds the problem.
RAIDERS 2017 MOCK DRAFT – ROUND 1