With the Raiders undoubtedly trying to find ways to accumulate more draft picks, this mock draft explores the possibilities in the event they can trade down from the #3 overall spot. In this situation, I have the Dolphins trading up from #12 in order to get offensive tackle Eric Fisher. In return, I have the Raiders receiving a 2013 1st, 2nd, and 4th round pick.
Recently the Dolphins began exploring trade options for Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert - but it remains to be seen if they would be willing to trade a high pick for a player who is on a one-year deal at the Franchise Tag rate. The assumption here is that they pass on Albert in favor of building through the draft with younger, less expensive talent with more upside.
1. Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri
Sheldon Richardson is talented enough to be in the conversation for the #3 pick if the Raiders stayed put. But there’s a definite chance that with the top offensive tackles, pass rushers, and his fellow defensive tackles Sharrif Floyd and Star Lotulelei creating a logjam at the top, Richardson will fall out of the top ten.
Richardson is as explosive as any player in the draft. He lives in the backfield, creating disruption on almost every play. He leaves a bit to be desired against the run, but he’ll help give the Raiders’ pass rush a much-needed boost.
Alternate pick: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida Stateno comments