KEEP IN MIND that this will be a different mock draft from the others I had. I saw a couple players, and I kind of fell in love with the idea of seeing them in a Raider uniform. So just look at the players I present, and see what you think of them.
*Note* Keep in mind that this is without comp. picks, and that who we sign in free agency has not been taken into account. ALSO read my descriptions, because there are reasons why I chose these players, and made this early trade here. lol
Trade #3 pick for a late 1st, late 2nd round pick
- My method here is that we need more picks Plain and simple. We need to take advantage of some talent in this draft. I don't know if I can further go forward for this deal, so I made it as if we at least grab a 1st and a 2nd from it. If you think I could have got more, than let me know, and write down a player you would like selected at that spot (unless it's a future pick).
Late First Round Pick: Matt Elam, 5'10" 202 lbs. SS Florida
- Watching the vid that I will post up, Elam looks like an IMPACT safety this defense MUSt have. We are THIN at this position, and this man look like a freakin' playmaker. Reminds me of Earl Thomas a bit.
- What I saw, the guy hits hard (he aims to punish), is smart in coverage (can even play man coverage, and press the WR), and is versatile. The guy screams Raider for me, and it would be amazing if he and Branch would be our pair of safety's, and we would have an impactful backfield.
- Oh, and he also plays special teams very well.
- From CBS Draft:
Like many Florida players, Elam signed with the Gators as a very highly regarded prep prospect.
He was primarily a reserve defensive back in his first season with the team, though he did start on special teams (kickoff coverage, return) and finished his true freshman campaign with 22 tackles, including two for loss.
Elam emerged as a standout once given the opportunity to start last season. He finished the year second on the team in total tackles (78) and led the club in tackles for loss (11), pass breakups (seven) and forced fumbles (two). He also intercepted two passes last year, including one against Tennessee's Tyler Bray.
Athletic, instinctive and quite physical, Elam demonstrated the ability to walk up into the box and be a force near the line of scrimmage while also dropping back into coverage as a single-high safety when coaches called for it -- showing off the type of versatility NFL teams are demanding from today's hybrid safeties. Elam shows good vision and anticipation when fighting through blocks near the line of scrimmage and is a reliable, physical tackler.
- 2 Videos for ya here. Watch them both please:
Matt Elam vs LSU 2012 (via JPDraftJedi)
Matt Elam vs Tennessee 2012 (via JPDraftJedi)
2nd Round Pick: Alec Ogletree, 6'3" 234 lbs ILB Georgia
- Looks like a solid ILB. Reminds me of Brandon Spikes, with some coverage ability. Solid run stuffer, solid in coverage. May need some work on tackling a bit, but he has good awareness, and is a strong LB.
- And according to Rob Rang, he can apparently line up at OLB as well due to his size. I hear versatility is a good thing?
- CBS Draft:
Ogletree signed with Georgia as a highly regarded safety prospect and earned the team's Newcomer of the Year award as a true freshman in 2010 while registering 34 tackles in five starts (12 games total) at strong safety.
As he continued to grow, however, the Georgia coaching staff asked him during the off-season to make the move to inside linebacker. His size and athleticism made him a standout during summer practices heading into last season and expectations were high that he'd become a star.
Unfortunately, Ogletree suffered a broken foot in the season opener versus Boise State and missed the next seven games recovering from the injury. Once he returned, however, Ogletree showed why the team had faith in him, registering just 20 tackles behind team leader Shawn Williams with 52 stops, including 7.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and tying for the team lead with two forced fumbles.
Ogletree lined up for Georgia at inside linebacker last season but his lengthy frame, athleticism and experience in coverage could make him even more highly regarded by pro scouts as an outside linebacker. Ogletree has the long arms scouts like from linebackers. He'll need to show greater strength in disengaging from blockers but was remarkably successful in this regard considering his inexperience at the position.
Ogletree pursues with passion and has good vision and balance to keep his feet. He's also a terrific special teams player whose ball skills were demonstrated when he leapt high to snatch an onside kick early against LSU in the SEC Championship game. Make no mistake about it Jarvis Jones is the preeminent pass rusher in the SEC and this team's most bankable star on the defensive side of the ball, but Ogletree is an exciting prospect in his own right who, if he builds upon the success he tasted last season, could be in line for a high draft selection, himself.
- Terrific special teams player you say? Hm.... I hear that we need players like that....
Introducing #9 Alec Ogletree (via fgruber7)(There is plenty of "Alec Ogletree vs." videos on youtube as well)
3rd Round Pick: Kyle Long, OT Oregon
- Obviously there is no video on Kyle Long. But we need someone other than Barnes to rely on at RT. Either Long or Veldheer can take that spot for all I care, but we need a solid Tackle on the other side regardless.
- There is also some good OL in free agency that we can look into. OGs and OTs.
- CBS Draft:
If the Long name rings a bell, it should. Kyle is the younger brother of St. Louis Rams Pro Bowl defensive end Chris Long, and his father is Pro Football Hall of Fame member and FOX Sports analyst Howie Long.
A two-sport athlete in high school, Kyle Long decided to play baseball at Florida State, and with a mid-90s fastball as a lefty, who could blame him for choosing his first love? But that only lasted a year as he struggled with academics and had a DUI arrest.
After returning home, Kyle enrolled at Saddleback Junior College and later transferred to Oregon, moving from defensive end to the offensive line. While not a starter, Long sees extensive action each game, including playing most of Oregon's big victory over Southern Cal on Nov. 3 at left guard.
He is still very raw, but according to his father and brother, Kyle was blessed with the most natural talent of the three and the NFL will love his upside. Not even ranked entering the season, Kyle is moving up draft boards and will add another name to the Long?s NFL family tree.
- Played some LG you say? Pretty sweet.
4th Round Pick: Margus Hunt, 6'8" 280 lbs. DE Southern Methodist
- There is a video of him manhandling a freshman RT (and the OL in general) in the bowl game, but we'll get to that later.
- Who likes really big, athletic DEs? I can't be the only one who thinks so I have CBS Draft to help back me up here: "Named the No. 1 athletic "freak" in college football by CBSSports.com
- Not bad. Not bad. Put Houston in the middle with Dez Bryant perhaps? Or maybe try and get a really good DT in free agency (Randy Starks anyone?)
Margus Hunt vs Fresno State 2012 "Hawaii Bowl" (via JmpasqDraftjedi)
5th Round Pick: Micah Hyde, 6'1" 190 lbs. CB Iowa
- I figure I should look at a CB here. And... Hyde looks pretty good for a 5th rounder. Maybe he doesn't face GREAT competition, but he seems like he is always in position for the ball, has good covers kills, and the guy is a NICE tackler. A willing tackler. The kind of guy who hustles the entire play to get a stop. I always have a soft spot for guys like that.
There wasn’t much Hyde couldn’t do as a high school player in northwest Ohio. He was first-team all-state as a quarterback as a senior, a three-time team captain who intercepted eight passes at safety and accounted for 111 touchdowns passing and rushing during his career. He also handled kicking duties, connecting on over 100 extra points. Despite these accomplishments, and the fact his older brother Marcus was a safety at Michigan State, Hyde wasn’t highly rated by recruiting services and was a fall-back option for most Big Ten programs. Iowa’s scholarship offer earned his loyalty – and his play has justified their investment. After making four tackles while playing in every game of his true freshman season, Hyde became a playmaker as a full-time starting cornerback in 2010. League media gave him honorable mention notice due to his 82 tackles, four interceptions, seven pass break-ups. He also scored twice that season, returning a pitch 66 yards for a touchdown after safety Tyler Sash intercepted a Michigan State pass, and providing the winning points in the team’s 27-24 Insight Bowl victory over Missouri by bringing back an interception 72 yards. Hyde worked at safety during spring 2011 practices, and started the first two games there in the fall before moving back to cornerback for the final 11 games. His three interceptions and eight pass break-ups helped him earn second-team All-Big Ten honors from league media (honorable mention by coaches).
And from here, I think I would like an OL and another DL. This post is already long, and I think these first 5
picks are solid enough. Thoughts?