2012 Raiders-Specific mock draft, by @raiderdraftnik
This article is the work of Tyler Dickson, who is an avid follower of college football and a Raiders fan. You can follow him on Twitter @raiderdraftnik for his thoughts on players as we lead up to the draft.
This is a Raider-Specific mock draft but for a 3 round mock draft from Tyler that shows the players selected before the Raiders get to their first pick, click here.
Player: Pick: Overview:
Strengths: Kaddu has the frame you like in a Linebacker - strong with long arms.Gifted athlete with good closing and sideline to sideline speed. Physical player that enjoys the game high-motor guy with some pass rush ability.Sheds his blocks well and has a bit of 'nasty' in his tackles.
Strengths: The first thing that jumps out at me from Bequette is his motor; this boy flat out plays to the whistle. Shows nice awareness at the snap to get off and head straight for the ball, usually using a bull rush where he uses a quick first step and burst plus his strength to get by blocker, can make tackles seem outmatched at times.Led SEC in sacks in 2011. Plays the run well, setting the edge for LB's to make the play. He plays like a Raider plays with 'Attitude'.
Strengths: Great run blocker with good strength and leverage to push the defender back,shows good agility in run game also.Good use off his hands in pass-protection bends his knees and drives the defender away from backfield.Plays with the mean streak you like in a Line-men has a solid frame to back it up.
Strengths: First round potential when his instincts drive and awareness are on. Plays faster then his numbers suggest. Ferocious Hitter. Can blow past blockers at times as a pass rusher also finds good gaps. Demon against the run stops people in the middle and finds nice gaps to bring down runner outside. Was the best in passing coverage drills at nike camp 3 years ago but hasn't translated that to plays on the field yet.
Strengths: Good catch awareness but didn't get used by Oklahoma as much in that capacity. Natural hand catcher. Sets the edge in the run game. Great combine putting up receiver like numbers.
Summary on mock draft:
The Raiders have very few picks and it is hard to know if some of these players will fall to the Raiders or if they would be selected, even if available. I’m going off what I see when I scouted and the players I think suit the Raiders the best and Ihope they are there at the time of those picks. Obviously, there are also other players I would choose over some of these players, but I expect those particular players to be gone, which has gone into these selections. I hope you enjoyed my first Raiders mock draft and hope to do more in the future. Let me know what you think on Twitter - the link is at the top of this page.
Just signed a TE, sort of... "basketball player Andre Hardy as TE"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4pVXueXAc4 Ausberry last year doing blocking and route drills, great footwork and has a nastiness to him. He's #9 on the game footage, the person whom made the video didn't highlight him prior to snaps so you have to watch it closely.
Ausberry will break out this year. i said it here first. He may of been a WR and HB during college, but his past will help his future as a TE. He can block and knows how to run routes, get open and make plays. He has the size and all the talent in the world. this offseason/preseason is about how he decides to value his time to bulk up and get better. i believe he'll blow up like a A. Hernandez and can be moved to slot, outside, and even tailback.
Also with Coach Allens Secondary coaching background, I wouldn't be shocked if the 95th pick went CB
and if so I hope its this guy
DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama (5-11, 202)
youtube him. he's nasty
I have to disagree with your 95th overall pick.
I agree however, with a linebacker.
Miami outside linebacker Sean Spence, projected to be taken somewhere around the late third round.
"An extremely football-smart, interchangeable, three-position linebacker and four-year starter who always could be most ideally suited for a backup role. Could make a living as a core special-teams player. Always will be best if he's protected and free to roam," says Pro Football Weekly.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post says:
A gifted sideline-to-sideline athlete who can play in space and make plays off his frame. Size is a concern, but looks like a starter in a cover two scheme who can play three downs in the NFL.
Sideline Scouting says:
Positives -- One of the most athletic linebackers in this year's draft class, has fluidity, speed and quickness in nearly every facet of the game... Flies all over the field, plays with intensity and passion for the game, willingness to give effort not an issue. ... ay find best fit as a cover linebacker on passing downs, NFL coaches should be intrigued by coverage ability, could see immediate playing time on passing downs and special teams.
Negatives -- Below average height for an NFL linebacker, is also very thin, definitely needs to bulk up to ensure durability and productivity as an every-down player at the next level... Does not fit the mold of durable NFL linebackers, is more of a tweener prospect, fit and versatility a bit of a question mark, there were some rumblings prior to this season that he may project better as a strong safety at the next level.
Although undersized, he makes up for this deficiency through speed, instincts and overall athletic ability. He is a great defender on outside runs, as he can effortlessly run down the ACC's fastest players. He is stellar in coverage, can blanket tight ends and tackle from various angles. He makes quick decisions and executes on them. While size will be a concern as he enters the NFL, Spence will be defined by his ability to play free and get off blocks to make plays on the ball. While he was suspended in the fallout from the Nevin Shapiro booster scandal at Miami, there is little doubt of his true character and likewise, his overall athleticism and ability in terms of production translating to the NFL. Look for him to be taken in the mid-rounds.
Sean Spence Profile
Height: 5-foot-11 3/8Weight: 231School: Miami40 time: 4.712011 stats: 106 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 pass defensed @adamlemoyne
Great.. really like this and really nicely set out. As for the picks, almost spot on I would say. None, apart from bequette seem like they are predicted to low. Which some people like to do, wanting to draft a player who is never going to make it out of the second round! But, as pointed out Bequette has an injury question mark so could easily drop.
Tyler, I would like to hear your opinion on, is, what about our QB situation. Do you think we are going to wait and pick someone up as a very cheap FA - Leinart for example. Who already knows the Knapp playbook as he played with him last year at Houston so getting used to it won't take as long as someone else or do you think we could pick a useful UDFA up and if so? Who?
get em all i say. burflict is intriguiging. seems like he has the randy moss, play when i wanna syndrome, but when he's motivated, look out. do we have the leadership to hone his skills like say a ray lewis would do on defense cause our linebackers are young kids as well
Jake Bequette reminds me of a Trevor Scott. Scott had a really good motor, was relentless until the end and was really starting to come into his own before that devastating knee injury. Drafting Bequette is going to be a long shot, as he has second round potential written all over him, and if somehow he slides down to the third or fourth round, and the Raiders do manage to draft him, our team will have scored a major draft round victory....
@Masquerader24 Trust me you haven't been the 1st 2 talk about ausberry think all of RAIDERNATION agrees with you while I think he'll be great but raw at the TE position.
@Masquerader24 I think the raiders addressed cb position in FA and coach Allen wants to coach Chimdi Chekwa n DVD and bringing in another CB will harm that but if they do bring someone in they'll get a Safety I like Brandon Hardin from Oregon state but the LB position is so lacklustre
@Masquerader24 @adamlemoyne The thing is he's too small may be gone when the raiders pick but I kno he has talked with them I just like Kaddu more because he can rush the passer aswell and hea a raider fan so that helps. .
@ukraider78 Hey Jon thanks for the kind words, J.Bequette will drop because of his injury im thinking so that's why he fell there. .
Now on to the QB question i'll say the Raiders will stick it out for now see what they have in Bomar and Terrell Pryor (I really like by the way but not going be a player yet) and then sign someone accordingly Matt Leinhart would be the obvious pick or they could go Dennis Dixon which i think would be better who knows we could even draft one . .
@massillonraider Seymour is a good motivator and theres a lot of other good guys on d that can help him out I think raiders would be good place for him . .
@Spartacus He's coming of injury and has a forth rd grade by most draft sites so going to raiders there is very possible
@Raiderdraftnik I just think hes a good fit for what Allen wants to bring to the D. he has the speed to line up in the nickel and dime, hes got instinct for the 3-4 and the skill to play in a 4-3. He's exactly what we need to play in the middle of the field in Allen's extensive defense.@Masquerader24 @adamlemoyne
@Raiderdraftnik have you looked at the later round picks or UDFA... Are there any potential Romo, TJ Yates, Matt Flynns who could become part of the team?
@Raiderdraftnik I am very surprised by his 4th round grade. The injury must have been pretty significant for that to happen. He would be a great pickup, no question, and I would be very happy if he was drafted by the Raiders, and am sure a lot of other Raider fans would be too....
@Raiderdraftnik @Masquerader24 @adamlemoyne Kaddu has the Raider attitude, I can't deny that. His aggressive play will get flags at the next level, something the Raider's need to address. Mclain already body slams people, yeah it's cool to watch. But it's 10-15 yards everytime... Kaddu has the speed and the sideline to sideline spence has. I just am hoping the team gets rid of the stupid penalties that's plagued us for years.
@Masquerader24 @adamlemoyne So does Kaddu he is faster the spence can rush the passer and has pro bowl potential he just needs to bulk up for the nfl level
@ukraider78 Aaron corp is interesting transferred from USC after knowing he was behind Barkley but he's was top qb recruit himself has the intangibles to be good.
@Spartacus He plays with that attitude of a raider and his motor is non-stop I love watching his tape!