For this mock I've not included any trades to these are my picks if the Raiders stay where they are. Of course, Reggie McKenzie is likely to make some trades, possibly starting with their first round pick. If they do not, here are the players I think would best fit the Silver and Black:
1. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
The Raiders finished the 2012 season second to last in the league in sacks. They desperately need playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. Ziggy Ansah would provide a boost to a pitiful Raiders pass rush and would serve as a versatile piece for Jason Tarver’s hybrid defense. The Raiders can use Ansah much the way the 49ers do Aldon Smith.
Alternate pick: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
3. Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
A lot can happen before the Raiders’ second pick of the draft comes around, but if Brandon Williams is still on the board he would be a solid selection. Williams is a violent, tenacious run defender and would give the Raiders a true nose tackle for the middle of their hybrid defense.
Alternate pick: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
4. Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
Right now the top tight ends on the Raiders’ depth chart are David Ausberry and Richard Gordon - neither of whom inspired enough confidence in the coaching staff to see much playing time in 2012. Kasa has room to grow as a receiver, but he’s an imposing run blocker and can help the Raiders in pass protection as well.
Alternate pick: Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma
6. Keith Pough, LB, Howard
The Raiders brought in several players who should help their linebacker rotation, but depth is still an issue here. Keith Pough is an active, energetic fundamentally sound linebacker who is athletic enough to hold up in coverage. He’s a developmental player, but he can help immediately on special teams.
Alternate pick: Earl Watford, OG, James Madison
6. Everett Dawkins, DL, Florida State
Last season, the Raiders struggled against the run in part because the only defensive tackles on their roster were prototypical 3-technique tackles. This season, they’re looking for a prototypical 3-technique after losing Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, and Desmond Bryant. Everett Dawkins can help the Raiders generate some interior pressure in rotation.
Alternate pick: Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State
6. Marc Anthony, CB, Cal
Anthony is an extremely fluid athlete - smooth through his transitions with outstanding ability to break on the ball. His physicality is an asset in man coverage and against the run. In a Raider secondary searching for playmakers, Anthony could earn early playing time.
Alternate pick: Chris Jones, DT, Bowling Green
7. Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame
Riddick was a bit of a late bloomer in college, spending time at wide receiver before finally getting a chance to be Notre Dame’s feature back in 2012. He shows good balance, leg drive, and explosiveness as a runner, but his background as a receiver makes him most intriguing. Because of his diverse skill set he could eventually develop into a reliable third-down back.
Alternate pick: Rod Sweeting, CB, Georgia Tech
1. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
WEAKNESSES Has admitted to a lack of stamina. Fatigue is noticeable after a few plays of rushing the passer. In those circumstances, does not chase the play down from the backside, instead staying at the line of scrimmage to knock down the pass. Technique is not always there, specifically on the edge against the run. Frequently gives up the wrong arm or shoulder to blockers, takes himself out of the play. Hand fights at the line against the run rather than driving or penetrating to disrupt. A hit or miss player on the field but consistency is growing.
The then-sophomore conceded to being worried of how much contact occurred in a football game and noted he always considered his body "a delicate flower."
To be fair - he grades higher than most BYU players. I'd still look for something better at #3 though.
3. Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
WEAKNESSES Doesnt make a lot of plays outside the box because of average effort and closing speed. Inconsistent at finding the ball, lowers his head at times trying to win gaps, allowing himself to get ridden out of plays. Slow to spin off blocks, and double-teams can move him. Must prove himself against stronger linemen, also that he has the stamina to be more than a rotational player.
There's probably someone better at this slot too.
Sorry dude - I gave it a look as you suggested. Hope Reggie listens to reason and picks more effective players.
@Indy! You're copying and pasting NFL Network analysis? And deliberately leaving out the strengths? Yeah man, sorry, don't even bother.
@jazzhessian Yes - I'm copying and pasting so you can see I'm not the only one who thinks these guys are problematic choices. If you want to see the strengths - I gave you the links - go check it out. The weaknesses are enough to show you we should NOT be drafting these guys. We're in rebuild mode - we need safe, solid picks - not guys who have huge question marks attached to them.
Look what THE NFL thinks about Ansah...
"Fatigue is noticeable after a few plays of rushing the passer."
This is the guy you want at the #3 pick? Please. And that's against the sorry ass teams BYU plays. Wait until he faces the NFL OLs.
@jazzhessian Oh geez well let me get right to work on MY mock draft - it's so hard to pick names out of thin air and order them from 1 to 7. That probably took you all of 15 minutes with your mom's help.
@Indy! "Look what THE NFL thinks about Ansah..." Your words, not mine.Maybe you shouldn't be criticizing the work others have done when you all you have to offer is copying and pasting analysis that is not your own, and making assertions like "I would never draft a player from BYU, they need SEC players!" An old saying comes to mind. Something about people who live in glass houses throwing stones...
The NFL doesn't "think" anything because they're not a person - they're a freakin' football league. Try not to be a dumbass - if that's possible for you. You're a blogger, my friend - that's all. You own a computer and know how to type - congratulations. I'm sure you've seen a lot of football games in your 17 or 18 years on this earth, but your opinion - sorry - is not on the same level as the people who scout and evaluate players on the pro level. Especially since you can't even follow a conversation or understand the simplest of points I've made in the last few posts.
@Indy! That's not what "the NFL" thinks about Ansah. That's what the person who wrote the report thinks of Ansah. The NFL Network website is not the end-all be-all of draft analysis - hate to break it to you. There are different opinions out there - including the opinions of all 32 teams which differ greatly.
I'm familiar with his strengths. I do my own analysis, thank you. I have watched him play at length. I do the work, and I put my name on it. There are plenty of people whose opinion I respect who are not high on Ansah. That doesn't mean they're right, nor does it mean I'm right. It means we have opposing viewpoints based on the research we've done. But if all you're going to do is copy and paste someone else's analysis behind a comment section screen name, and assert that he can't play specifically because he went to BYU - that isn't analysis. So don't waste my time with it.
Nice mock. Personally I would rather see Dion Jordan over Ansah and Rex Burkhead over Riddick if he is available. Also Kelce instead of Williams. I think Kelce is going to be a very good TE and would love us to pick him up in the third round. Fingers crossed though we can trade down from #3 and try and pick up a couple extra picks though.
@nilbymouth Yeah the main reason Jordan and Kelce weren't the picks is that I'm not entirely convinced they'll be available there (although I'm more convinced Jordan will - I think the Jags go Geno). I would certainly not be mad with Jordan over Geno as I think Jordan has a rare skill set. At this point I think Ansah better fills a hole on the Raiders roster - can play 4-3 DE as well as occasional OLB, whereas Jordan is almost strictly an OLB but may be able to put his hand in the dirt on 3rd down. But if the Raiders want their hybrid defense to emphasize 3-4 looks, Dion would make the most sense.
Creating a mock draft is so tough especially when it is a new regime. Like the picks....gotta go PASS RUSH early....I favor Dion over Ansah and love taking a DT next.....my guess is they will take an OT rather than OG though.....thanx for the work as always....Go Raiders!
@dondiraider Hardest part of this one was not including an OL. Honestly, I think that's high on their list of priorities, but I tried to stick to BPA for this mock. I fully expect them to collect more picks one way or another - and if they do, I expect Kyle Long to be a target for them in the 2nd. Terron Armstead might be an option, too. Jordan Mills could interest them in the 4th. Brennan Williams and Reid Fragel are two other names they might look into.