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AWB'z Mock Draft V.1

1st Round (#5) Greg Robinson OT

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Robinson is very strong for his size and moves extremely well. He does a superb job of sustaining his blocks to keep his defenders from making tackles. Robinson also has quickness and good feet to be a pass-blocker in the NFL, though he will need more refinement in this capacity. Even though Robinson could be a first-rounder, his development as a football player would probably have been better served by staying in college for one more season. However, you can't blame him for coming out as a potential high first-round pick.

Reasons Why: The Oakland Raiders most gaping hole wasn't the QB position, it was one of them but not the main one. The offensive line gave up 44 sacks on the 2013 season, due to injuries and by signing guys just so we can have some depth. That number of sacks given up is top 10 in the league. I believe Matt McGloin & Terrelle Pryor deserve one more season to battle it out, Try put Peyton Manning behind our line and see if he could have survived. With Robinson and Veldheer on the same line with Watson who is going to improve, that will solidify our offensive line for the future and give our QB a chance to throw without them running for their lives.

2nd Round (#4) Deone Bucannon S

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At a shade under 6-feet-1 and 216 pounds, Bucannon certainly passed the eyeball test, sporting a muscled-up frame that stood out in comparison to the other safeties in this game. With a 78-inch wingspan, Bucannon also had the widest of any of the safeties measured

Reasons Why: This guy is a game changer, a hard hitting monster who will put fear to wide outs coming down the middle. We need someone like this, a guy who can set the tone in the backfield. It's not that I don't like Tyvon Branch, but to me he has been nothing but a tackling machine for the most part of his career, He has a total of 4 interceptions on his whole career. We need someone who can make turnovers ASAP. Not to mention Ross doesn't have that "it" factor, Buccannon can add some toughness to our defense, which what we have been missing for years. And guess where he was born? OAKLAND!

3rd Round (#3) Chris Smith DE/OLB

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Smith has impressive arm length and understands how to use it to his advantage. He extends his arms and creates room for himself to function, as opposed to constantly allowing lineman into his frame. Likewise, Smith knows not to take the same approach every time he rushes. He knows that in order to win more often, he needs to be unpredictable. Although it would be nice to see him develop even more moves, Smith has a lethal spin move and, while it is not his strong suit, is not entirely limited from attacking the edge. Such initial burst and strength is more commonly seen on obvious passing situations because Smith has a clear mentality to be a sole pass rushing specialist.

Reasons Why:The biggest problems of the defense, is no pass rush, like literally that's why everyone wants Mack, Barr or Clowney. I feel we can get DE's in the FA. There are guys like Greg Hardy, Michael Johnson, Jared Allen, Arthur Jones, the list goes on. Smith sets the edge very well, and can get after that QB.

4th Round (#7) Bene Benwikere CB

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He may compromise his coverage at times, but he is a playmaker. He had seven interceptions in 2012 including a three-interception performance against Louisiana Tech. He returned both an interception and fumble for a touchdown last season. His ball skills are very good, especially when he’s allowed to play centerfield. He challenges for the football and can highpoint the ball.

Reasons Why: The Cornerback positon has been improved a lot since a season ago, but Mike Jenkins wasn't the answer last year. We have depth at this position but if we could add anyone who can upgrade it, why not. NFL says this guy could be the sleeper in the draft, He can tackle, and i like cornerbacks who can do that. Has a good size and plays well in zone coverage defenses. With Tarvers blitzing schemes i think he would fit well playing zone behind it.

6th Round (#5) Brandon Linder OG

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Linder turned in an impressive senior season to be named a Second-Team All-ACC selection. In the ground game, he did a good job of opening up holes for Duke Johnson. Linder was also a reliable pass-protector for Stephen Morris. Linder broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore in 2011. In his debut season, he allowed only 1.5 sacks. As a junior, Linder had 12 games at right guard. He had nine starts at right guard and three starts at right tackle this season. Linder has excellent size for the NFL. He can move bodies at the line of scrimmage and could fit well in a power-man blocking scheme

Reasons Why:Lucas Nix, enough said. We have the worst rated guard in the NFL. That speaks volumes on how bad our offensive line was.

7th Round (#4) Bruce Gaston DT

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Gaston played well in 2013. He recorded 44 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and three sacks.Gaston formed a nice interior defensive line for Purdue in 2012 with Kawann Short. The strong and physical Gaston did a nice job of controlling his gap and defending the run.

Reasons Why: Other than Pat Sims, that is our plug in the middle of defense. Vance walker was servicable but wasn't a impact player. This guy played next to short who is a beast in Carolina, and had a fairly good season. We need to add firepower to our defensive line, if he ends up to be something like shorts then it would be a perfect steal.

7th Round (#20) Jeremy Gallon WR

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Gallon was a massive play-maker for Michigan in 2013. He had 184 yards against Notre Dame and 369 yards on 14 receptions against Indiana. The senior recorded 89 receptions for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns for the year. Gallon would be ranked higher if he weren't so undersized. For the NFL, he could compete as a slot receiver to stretch a defense vertically.

Reasons Why:The Jacoby Ford moment has faded away, Gallon can be that explosive slot that I wish the raiders would have. Reggie said he wants game changers, and here is one guy who is small but seems to be all over the place. Gallon can be our specialist returner, because I cringe when I see anyone in our back field trying to fair catch a punt. Gallon lacks the size for the NFL, but these shorter guys are proving everyone wrong for example Russel Wilson.

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