2017 Oakland Raiders Mock Draft

Tomorrow is the big day we have all been waiting for. Until then hopefully this mock draft can hold you over. Good luck tomorrow!
1) Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett
2) UNC QB Mitch Trubisky
3)OSU CB Marshon Lattimore
4) Alabama DT Jonathan Allen
T-5) Clemson WR Mike Williams
6) OSU S Malik Hooker
7) LSU SS Jamal Adams
8) LSU RB Leonard Fournette
9) Stanford DE Solomon Thomas
10) Western Michigan WR Corey Davis
11) Washington WR John Ross
T-12) Alabama TE OJ Howard
13) Miami TE David Njoku
T-14) Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey
15) Tennessee DE Derek Barnett   
16) UCLA DE Takkarist McKinley
17) Temple LB Hassan Reddick
18) Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie
19) FSU RB Dalvin Cook
20) Utah OT Garrett Bolles
21) Michigan DE Taco Carlton
T-22) California QB David Webb
23) Florida ILB Jarrad Davis
24) ON THE CLOCK . . . .
Round 7-26 (#244)* - (conditional pick via SEA)     
  OT  Zach Banner 
6'08⅜"  Weight: 361lbs
  40 (10 split): 5.54
Best Draft Stock Comparison: LSU OT Vadal Alexander
(#234 overall)
2017 Roster Outlook: Developmental RT (Menelik Watson UFA)

Banner is one of the largest prospects in the draft and Oakland Raider GM, Reggie McKenzie has been quoted on more than one occasion that the Raiders "Love big people". Banner is functionally powerful but plodding. He's projected to move inside in the pros but after having hip surgery in college to improve his structural impediments to increase his flexibility, imo, Banner will never have the flexibility to succeed at guard. Because of Banner's lack of short area quickness and weight struggles I project that Banner will fall like a rock (i.e. Vadal Alexander).

Banner fits the Raider power blocking scheme, OL coach Tice has done an excellent job of coaching up similar prospects and Carr's quick release can mask a plodding offensive lineman's deficiencies.
Round 7-24 (#242)     
CB  Sidney Jones 
5'11 ¾"  Weight: 186lbs
  40 (10 split): 4.47
Best Draft Stock Comparison: Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
2017 Roster Outlook: IR

Some will suggest that Jones will never fall this far but the same was said about Ekpre-Olomu who also suffered a catastrophic injury during a workout. Raiders swing for the fences on this late pick.
Round 6-24 (#208)     
  WR Robert Davis 
6'02 ¾"  Weight: 219lbs
  40 (10 split): 4.44
2017 Roster Outlook: 5th WR/Special Teams (Andre Homes UFA)

More athlete than WR at this point. Needs more development to get his impressive physical traits to translate into on the field production.
Round 5-24 (#168)     
 WR  Chad Williams 
6'00 ½"  Weight: 207lbs
  40 (10 split): 4.43
2017 Roster Outlook: Slot WR competition

Williams needs polish but displays all the prototypical characteristics of an NFL WR. He has toughness, short-area quickness and catches the ball away from his body.
Round 4-23 (#129)     
  DT  Jarron Jones
6'05 ⅝"  Weight: 316lbs
  40 (10 split): 5.33
Best Draft Stock Comparison: Penn State DT Daquan Jones (#112 overall)
2017 Roster Outlook: DL Rotation (Dan Williams - Salary Cap Casualty)

Quality prospect with excellent measureables whose stock has been supressed by injuries and questionable work ethic. Has flashed dominance against the run.
Round 3-24 (#88)    
  DE  Tanoh Kpassagnon
6'06 "  Weight: 289lbs  40 (10 split): 4.83
Best Draft Stock Comparison: UNC DE Kareem Martin (#84 overall)
2017 Roster Outlook:

Strong rumors that the Raiders absolutely love this kid. Perhaps he can develop into the pass rusher across from Mack that the Raiders desperately need with Aldon Smith still in limbo.
 Round 2-24 (#56)     
  LB Tyus Bowser
6'02 ⅝"  Weight: 247lbs  40 (10 split): 4.65
Best Draft Stock Comparison: MSU OLB KJ Wright (#99 overall)
2017 Roster Outlook:
Starting LB (Malcolm Smith UFA)

Bowser is considered an undersized edge rusher but this converted defensive end has coverage skills. He dropped into coverage on 30% of his collegiate snaps. He compares to KJ Wright but is more athletic with a higher upside which is reflected in his stock projection.
Round 1-24 (#24)     
  CB  Kevin King 
Height: 6'03 ¼"  Weight: 200lbs
  40 (10 split): 4.43
Best Draft Stock Comparison: N/A
2017 Roster Outlook: DB Depth (DJ Hayden UFA; Nate Allen UFA)

I don't know exactly how to describe King's meteoric draft stock rise. For me, King began the preseason as a priority watch based on measureables. He ended the season as my favorite potential steal of the draft. However, King went on to wreak the combine and his stock price has soared through the roof. So much so that I began to question the return on value as he has only had one healthy season in his collegiate career.

I have reconciled that what has caused King's stock to soar is his positional versatility, a DB of his length that can play both safety and man press CB with range and MOST importantly ball skills in an ever changing game that now emphasizes safety play. If developed correctly King's length and ball skills could create problematic passing angles as a center fielder and be the heir apparent to FS Reggie Nelson.
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