It seems most of S&B Pride readers want Josh Chapman out of Alabama with the Raiders first pick; whether because they think he's the best player the Raiders can get or if getting him means bigger chance of a 3-4 defense. Chapman could be valuable to the Raiders, especially with this "Hybrid" defense Allen wants to run.
As for me? I say linebacker. Whether the they are pushing for a job early or replacing a struggling and/or suspened McClain.
Enough about me, though. Let's talk 4th round prospects.
Before I do though, remember the Raiders have late picks in pretty much every round in which they have a pick, so in your mocks if another site says 3rd round that doesn't mean that player will be there for the Raiders pick. There's a good chance they pick a player who was supposed to go in the 4th round with their 3rd round pick since the pick is so late. If that does happen, don't worry about it.
Trust Reggie. He is better than CBSsports, Walterfootball, ESPN, and Mike Mayock. Though Mike Mayock is good it's easier to say what all 32 teams should do than actually making decisons that impact a franchise so much.
Here are some guys the Raiders could have on their draft board in the 4th round.
1. Josh Norman CB Coastal Carolina 6-0/200
I know this guy can play. I've watched all the tape I can find and there's not much since he played at a small school and the tape isn't the best quality. If he's there, take him. If not then they missed out. I'm not sure if he should've been in my last projected 3rd round draft board or if he fits right in here. Everywhere I look says anywhere between late 2nd all the way through early 5th. He has some off the field issues that involved driving with a suspended license and the fact he played at a small school might lower is stock.
Ball skills and man coverage are his bread and butter. He had 13 interceptions, 4 field goal blocks, and some forced fumbles. This long armed corner isn't a afraid to go after a back. Good with zones. Had some nice acrobatic interceptions that are really fun to watch. Impressed at the east-west shrine game and senior bowl.
No one really knows how set we are at corner.
2. Senio Kelemete Washington OG 6-4/307
Kelemete played offensive tackle in college but the former Husky will have to transition to guard in the pros. The transition won't be hard because he had some playing time there over his college career. He's everything you want from a lineman. He's a leader with quick feet and strong hands, usually blocks more than one guy every play, shows some nastiness to his play, and seems to enjoy the physicality of the trenches.
I could see him taking someone's job before camp is over.
3. Travis Lewis LB Oklahoma 6-1/246
Lewis played his entire senior year injured. He's a vocal leader and shows it on and off the field. He has all the tools to be a good player in the NFL and with good coaching maybe even better. He broke Brian Bosworth's school record for tackles as a freshman. He's good in pass coverage and can play any linebacker spot in the 4-3 even the tampa 2 mike. He creates turnovers with quick reaction time to bring in tipped balls and either closes on balls over the middle or baits quarterbacks into throwing his direction if they do not see his deep drop.
He says his bad 40 time at the combine was because of his injured leg. This could be a backer the Raiders have been looking for. We'll see if Reggie pulls the trigger. Allen may be looking for the new Von Miller.
4. Tony Bergstrom OT Utah 6-5/313
Coming off a knee injury seems to be his only problem. His scouting report says his biggest issue will be going against the speedy pass rushers in the NFL and that was Veldheer's problem in the beginning. He has underrated athleticism ss well as agility, balance and even straight-line speed to contribute. He impressed at guard and tackle at the Senior Bowl. Has the agility, technique, and size to contribute early in his professional career. He has quick, active hands to latch on to defenders. Probably would be best at guard but could surprise people at RT.
He went on a two-year LDS mission following high school and will turn 26 in August. He is married to Paul Kruger's sister.
5. Trevor Guyton DE/DT Cal 6-3/285
Guyton needs to gain some weight. He'll need a year or two to devlop but has a lot of upside. Fits more at a 3-4 end but could be put in rotation in the 4-3 at UT. He's a hustle defender with a good bull rush inside can close and get home when quarterbacks leave the pocket. He's been praised for his attitude and work ethic.
He could end up anywhere between an eventual good starter in a couple years or cut before camp starts.
6. Ryan Lindley QB San Diego State 6-4/230
Raiders could be in need of a backup quarterback if Pryor disappoints. Why not start molding a quarterback with a cannon? He looks like an NFL quarterback in his size, pocket poise, and release. He keeps his feet moving in the pocket while surveying the field. He ran a pro-style system in college, working from under center and out of the shotgun.
His accuracy is his biggest issue and would need to show great improvement at the pro level.
A few nice throws here against a good TCU D.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Watch for the Raiders to make a trade or two on draft day.
Thanks for reading Raider Nation.
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