Pre-Combine Raider Mock Draft

Richard Seymour's massive cap hit just made the draft even more important. Reggie McKenzie must draft the Raiders out of this mess. The Raider's don't have anything that holds much trade value, except for the 3rd pick in the draft. So here's my mock and some of the trades I hope Reggie can make.

1. Oakland trades the 3rd pick to the Buffalo Bills for their 1st (8) 2nd (42) and 4th
2. Oakland trades the 8th pick to the St. Louis Rams for their 1st (22nd) 2nd (46) and 3rd (78)

22. Kawann Short DT Purdue 6-3/310
Short was the best player at Purdue. Interesting enough he won MVP of the North Team at the senior bowl. During the Senior Bowl Short was reunited with former Purdue defensive line coach Terrell Williams, who is now with the Oakland Raiders. Oakland's staff coached the North team.
Short stated: "It was pretty cool but he wasn't easy on me," he said. "He was pushing me the most out of the whole group and that's what I expect. We talked after practice but when we were on the field we weren't friends. He wasn't acting like the guy that was coaching me a couple of years ago. He was all business and that's the part I respected."
Short has a big motor and lined up over center in the tape I watched so he could do the same for the Raiders. He has good pass rush ability that most DTs don't have.

42. Quinton Patton WR Louisiana Tech 6-0/200
Patton was a stud at the senior bowl. I love the tape on him. He had a monster game against A&M last year and a monster game against Mississippi St in 2011.
"Louisiana Tech admittedly throws a lot of quick hitters out of its spread sets and no one is going to mistake the WAC for the SEC in terms of the talent level, but don't be quick to dismiss Patton's impressive production. He earned the respect of Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks in 2011 (Banks is a fringe first-round talent), caught 21 passes against Texas A&M this year, and he's coming off a strong week at the Senior Bowl. While he doesn't have any elite physical traits for a receiver, there are no glaring weaknesses either. He is a fluid route runner with enough burst to separate underneath and he's shifty enough to pick up yards after the catch. In terms of his ability to stretch the field, he's fast enough to challenge downfield when he gets a clean release, he tracks the ball well, and he has the body control to compete for 50-50-balls. He also dropped just one pass he should have caught during a four-game evaluation and he flashes the ability to catch passes a lot of receivers would drop. There are two areas of concern, however. He needs to get stronger at the line of scrimmage and tougher over the deep middle. To be fair, it's not that he isn't a competitor. He competes in jump-ball situations, he fights for yards after the catch and he wants the ball."- Steve Muench of Scouts Inc.
Raider fans need to realize two things. 1. DHB will be cut. 2. They can't afford a Greg Jennings or Dwayne Bowe. And even if they could, Greg Jennings will not want to come from competing for Super Bowls to rebuilding in Oakland. That's just the cold hard truth. The Raiders must be smart with their money sign a few key guys including their own FAs and draft their way out of this mess.

46. David Amerson CB NC State 6-3/190
Amerson was the best corner in the country 2011. Not so much in 2012. He still is a first round talent but Poyer and Trufant have passed him with strong senior bowls to go along with good senior years. He lost some money this year and would have been drafted higher last year. Reggie likes the taller corners and Amerson is tall. Amerson wouldn't even be considered in the Al Davis all man on man defense but will fit perfectly in Tarver's multiple defense. Amerson is very good in zone coverage and can be a ball hawk with great instincts. He also plays the run very well and reminds me of Nmadi with his hits that flip running backs on their face.

68. Montee Ball RB Wisconsin 5-11/215
The Raiders are going back to a power blocking scheme and need another work horse. DMC is getting up there in age, this is the last year on his contract, and he can't stay healthy. He was worked a lot in college so backing up McFadden would probably be best for awhile. Getting the running game back on track might just be the Raider's only hope in having a successful season as it will allow the play-action pass to become effective again.
Ball is an all around back. He doesn't have a flaw about his game but doesn't really excel at anything. He runs hard and does his job the best he can.

78. Menelik Watson RT FSU 6-5/320
Watson is a big hoss. A mauler. Going back to the PBS needs power linemen. Watson is as good as run blocking as anyone in this draft and he's only played one year of D1 football. He's from England and is very raw especially with pass blocking. It would be interesting to see if Watson would able to push for a starting job. He's a very interesting prospect and I'm going to follow his career closely. I'd love for Reggie to draft him.
(Watch the double pancake @ 1:16) Watson getting some Praise from announcers.

(4th round) Alvin Bailey OG Arkansas 6-5/315
Bailey was one of the only bright spots in Arkansas's offense. He's still raw though. Has experience at either guard position and had success against very good SEC competition. He, just like Watson is a physical specimen that can be coached up by Raiders new Oline coach Tony Sparano. I watched all the Raider's RBs run into lines with no holes multiple times. The QBs need more time to throw. Adding two hogs to the line should help for years to come.

(4th From Buffalo) Vince Williams MLB FSU 6-1/247
Right now this might be a little high for him but the thing is he could probably start MLB for 2 downs like McClain was doing better than McClain ever could. Run stopping is his bread and butter and the Raider's D could really use that. Had pretty good senior bowl. By the last day of practice Williams was the leader of the south team defense and guys were beginning to rally around him. Oakland's D could really use that. He could probably lose some pounds to work on his speed. He can lay some wood though. He really attacks the football and I love it. Scouts are worried about his speed in the NFL but he tackles ACC running backs who are pretty quick very well. He sheds blockers which is what McClain never did. He could be the leader on a young Raider defense.

(6th) Michael Williams TE Alabama 6-6/270
Williams will battle for a roster spot and will most likely get one. He's sure handed and can block very well. It's like have an extra lineman on the line. Remember when Barnes was struggling with Von Miller? Williams could most definitely help out in that department. It'll be between him and Gordon for a roster spot. Williams also has good hands and can catch the ball. He's also a nice red-zone target.

(6th comp pick) Cooper Taylor S/OLB Richmond 6-4/230
Cooper Taylor looked like he was going to be a star at Georgia Tech after having a good season freshman year but, had a heart problem that required surgery the next year. After that he kind of lost his spot in the lineup and had another injury during that had something to do with the heat. He transferred to Richmond after that. He says the heart injury isn't a concern and has clean slate of health.
Taylor started all eight games he appeared in during the 2011 season, recording 63 tackles. He emerged as a first-team All-FCS player as a senior, starting 10 games and finishing with 78 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, four interceptions, 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and nine pass breakups. He even played a little offense.
A Georgia Tech transfer, Taylor stood out as the most impressive defender on the East squad during practice. With his size and strength, he is an enforcer against the run but he also showed the range and athleticism to be effective in coverage as well as the football intelligence to digest a lot of coaching all at once. Taylor routinely drew praise from the coaching staff during drills and often made the calls to get his teammates in proper position. His NFL draft arrow is pointing up after this week, creating some buzz among scouts.
- Dane Brugler,

Cooper has a great combination of size, speed and football IQ. He's a big hitter with a fearless playing style. A monster in the box, he loves to lay wood on the running backs, and his above average speed makes him a great blitzer. He has great hands, his motor and extra length helps him shed blockers and get to the ball.
Taylor could help on special team right away and depending on where he's at could take Burris's spot in the nickel defense. Reggie might want him to gain 5-10 pounds and have him play linebacker full time. They ran an odd defense in Richmond where Cooper often lined up at linebacker.
His pro-day will be interesting as I doubt he got a combine invite (Hope he did) because I've read his 40 time can be as low as 4.47. He could be a serious weapon at linebacker and I might want Reggie to draft him much earlier.

Last two picks Reggie injects some beef to the defensive line

(6th comp) TJ Barnes DT Georgia Tech 6-6/360
Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference. Barnes had 28 tackles, five tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks this season.

(7th ) Brandon Moore DT Texas 6-5/320
He totaled two sacks, 14 tackles and 5.5 tackles for a loss.

Both Barnes and Moore would be nice project picks that could pay off if either one were to turn into something. If they made it through camp and made the roster that'd be a real good sign. Soon Bilkudi will be the only DT on the roster. I'm sure Reggie will sign Bryant back on as well. Barnes needs to lose some weight and Moore will have to have a really good camp to make the team. Kelly and Seymour will both be gone so using the last 2 picks for defensive line competition would be a good idea. Reggie cut his 7th round pick last year so it's not like if you get drafted you're on the team. You have to prove yourself to be a Raider from here on out.
Please give me your opinions and feedback. I put in a lot of hours watching tape of guys not even in the mock. Give me some names you want me to look at or any tape. The lack of Raider news is really driving me crazy. Thanks Brothers.

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