The first two draft board polls show most Raider fans want Josh Chapman the NT from Alabama in the 3rd and Travis Lewis the Linebacker from Oklahoma in the 4th. Both picks would most likely if not completely look more towards that "hybrid" defense Allen wants to run.
Chapman of course would be the full time Nose Tackle and Lewis could push for that 2nd middle linebacker starting spot and supplying depth for our shaky starter Roland McClain.
There's a good chance Chapman is gone though and if that is the case, Sean Spence looks to be the fan pick in the 3rd. Then again Reggie is getting paid to make the decision not us.
I expect Reggie to try to trade though and get more picks for his kind of guys and slowly start getting rid of the Al Davis guys. (Tommy Kelly, Louis Murphy, and Mike Mitchell are just a few examples.) That's just my hypotheses and I have no evidence to back that up and I'm a fan of all three of those guys.
Now let's talk prospects. These are guys Reggie McKenzie could be looking at for the last 3 picks.
(148 5th Round)
1. Tank Carder LB TCU 6-2/236
He is a guy who could go anywhere from the late 3rd and mid 5th. The tape I watched he would fit best in the middle in a 3-4. More of a sure tackler than big hitter. Good instincts and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Very good against the run and can anchor the defense. Good against the pass. Not a ball hawk but slaps down a good amount. Gets in the backfield in a hurry and takes down the back. Probably could play strong side in our 4-3 after a year in the league. Maybe even sooner if needed to.
Looks like a late 4th early 5th to me.
2. Ryan Steed CB Furman 5-11/195
Steed was more of a basketball player in high school so didn't get highly recruited for football. Loose hips and light, quick feet giving him the ability to turn and run with impressive fluidity. A natural cover corner whose agility from his time on the hardwood is obvious. May be quicker than he is fast. Impressed at the Senior Bowl. Has all the tools to become a good corner in this league and has a lot of potential.
Looks like he played in a lot of zone so it depends on how much zone we run if he would fit in or not.
3. Jake Bequette DE/OLB Arkansas 6-5/275
He really brings the pass rush. A relentless rusher with a competitive attitude and rushes like every play is his last. Possesses the strength to be a bull rusher and abuse blockers. Could probably fill in for Lamarr Houston on passing downs tomorrow if needed to. Probably would spend his rookie season for the Raiders replacing Kamerion Wimbley just as the pass rusher put in on 3rd downs. Would be great depth and could possibly transition to that 3-4 rusher we would need.
His weaknesses are needing to play smarter and control his aggressiveness. He has leadership qualities and those aren't easy to find. If available Jake would be my pick.
4. Marvin Mcnutt WR Iowa 6-3/216
A late round talented possession receiver would be perfect for the Raiders. He is a big, sure-handed route runner that catches the ball wekk. He's a slower Chaz Schilens without the injury issues. McNutt began his Iowa career as a quarterback prospect and five years later leaves as one of the top Hawkeye receivers. He is Iowa's career leader in receiving yardage (2,861) and ranks second with 170 receptions. He tied the single season mark for receptions (82) and set the record for yardage (1,315). He also holds Iowa records for season (12) and career (28) touchdowns, ranking 10th in career scoring (168 points).
Has long arms and uses his upper body limbs to beat press coverage. A long strider and gliding athlete with build-up speed. Does a nice job using his size to create separation with good body control to shield defenders -- fearless in traffic.
Kyle Wilber OLB Wake Forest 6-4/250
Wilber offers a lot of talent, intelligence, versatility, and experience from edge rushing as a down DE to covering the slot in zone. Wilber's height and smooth hips project well in coverage against tall NFL tight ends. In space, Wilber demonstrates good agility and uses his long arms to occupy, shed, and make tackles. Wilber is best suited for 4-3 OLB, but could be tried at 3-4 OLB.
He had a solid performance at the East-West Shrine. Wilbur had an okay performance at the Combine.
Prospects for pick #168 5th round
Asa Jackson CB Cal Poly 5-10/190
Impressed a lot of scouts (including the Raiders) at his pro day. Ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at a recent scouting event in Hawaii. He had 200 hundred tackles over his 4-year college career. Can return punts and interceptions for touchdowns. He's a local prospect as well. Not as tall as Reggie likes them but maybe this is the late round talent he always talks about.
Nick Foles QB Airzona 6-5 243
Foles doesn't have any big weaknesses but he doesn't really have anything that's spectacular either. He's a good project with big upside. Behind a good line with quality receivers he could possibly excel. Reminds me a bit of Tj Yates whose QB coach last year just happens to be the Raiders' Offensive Coordinator. Though, more and more I watch and read I keep thinking "Jason Campbell?" Foles can throw on the run to buy more time to make the play. Plays with heart and has played injured before.
Ronald Leary OT Memphis OT 6-3/315
A starter on the left side since he was a freshman. Except for six games as senior when he moved inside to guard because of injuries. In the NFL, Leary may be better off inside. He had a quality Combine performance.
Rishaw Johnson OG California (PA) 6-3/313
Was a starter for Ole Miss but left because he broke team rules. Has shown why some feel he could be a top-120 pick. He has good thickness throughout his body and moves very well for his 309-pound frame with large, 11-inch mitts. Has been practicing at right guard.
Pick #191 Round 6.
Cliff Harris CB/PR Oregon
If he kept his act together in college, he would go a lot higher than this.To me this pick is worth it. He was once thought one of the best in the country until he went too fast in his car, took a drive with a suspended license, and smoked some pot. If he hasn't learned from it, it's just a 6th round pick and this one could start at PR day one and maybe get some time at corner.
4 DEs to look at with the last 2 picks
Olivier Vernon DE Miami 6-2/260
I'm worried the Raiders won't have the pass rush again next year. Vernon is a good athlete, and it wasn't surprising that he tested well at the Combine. Despite his good measureables, Vernon has a lack of production with off-the-field concerns to push his draft stock down. He needs a good Dline coach to get him pumped and to go after the QB. To bad the Raiders' good Dline coach is now in St. Louis POWPOW. In all seriousness DA and his staff could probably get more out of him than the Miami staff did.
Julian Miller DE West Virginia 6-3/257
Miller showed he can get to the QB with 15 sacks in the past 2 years at West Virginia. He was tough against the run and held his ground well at the point of attack. Miller also got more pressure than his stats reflect. He has a quality combination of strength and speed and could be a good sleeper prospect. West Virginia didn't do the redshirt senior any favors by moving him around the line, including playing him at defensive tackle this year.
Cordarro Law DE/OLB Southern Miss 6-2/260
He had 64 tackles with 22 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks and four forced fumbles last season. Law is a sleeper prospect who looks like a potential fit in the 3-4. The key with Law is for him to stay motivated and improving on his motor. He's continued to add weight and has turned himself into a legit 4-3 defensive end. His athletic ability makes him a flexible player as a prospect that could be a 3-4 or 4-3 defender.
Frank Alexander DE/OLB Oklahoma 6-4/270
Alexander has put on some weight, but was not allowed to work out at the Combine because of a heart condition. After further tests, Alexander was cleared to work out at the Oklahoma pro day. His heart condition has sent his stock down from the mid-rounds to the late rounds.
Alexander was having a strong senior year, but fell very quiet at the end of the season. He had 7.5 sacks midway through 2011, but recorded only one sack in the final six games. In Oklahoma's bowl matchup, Alexander went against Iowa's Riley Reiff, and was held in check. Alexander had 54 tackles with 8.5 sacks, 19 tackles for a loss, eight passes broken up, three forced fumbles and one interception for the season. He is quick and has a good repertoire of pass-rushing moves.
Thanks nation for reading this long Draft Board hope it helps with your mocks or who you want Reggie to draft come draft day.
Saw the schedule and I love it. Can't wait for Palmer and McFadden to start racking up some points. Get your popcorn ready fellas.