Greetings Nation! I have been following S&BP for a few years now for all things Raiders and I finally decided to make a post about the most speculated event of the year, the NFL draft. Everybody has been looking forward to the draft since the end of the season. Speculation, ideas, opinions, and debate have run wild in this blog. I too have fell victim to this draft fever and feel like a kid waiting to open his Christmas presents. I have big hopes for draft day and I hope Reggie and company deliver. For my mock I have decided to list an offensive and a defensive player that would be available at that pick. I decided on no trades to keep it simple even though it is highly unlikely. Keep in mind that I am no expert, but I will try to be as realistic as possible. Enjoy!
Round 1: #5 Overall
Offense: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Defense: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
I think Teddy Bridgewater is the best QB in the draft and would be a solid pick up and a good fit for Greg Olson's offense. Khalil Mack would solidify the LB corps and replace Burnett who is 31 and is a FA in 2015. He could be the best defensive player in the draft (next to Clowney) and will provide versatility and pass rush.
Round 2: #36 Overall
Offense: Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA
Defense: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Su'a-Filo will replace Lucas Nix and make the left side so much better. It was a toss up between Crichton and Murphy, but I think Crichton is a better true 4-3 DE who has potential as a pass rusher.
Round 3: #67 Overall
Offense: Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
Defense: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
Seastrunk could be the change of pace back and a good compliment to the size and power of Jennings (if he is resigned). Will Sutton is a poor man's Aaron Donald with potential to provide interior pass rush. He just needs to be put on the Lamar Houston diet to slim down to his 2012 size where he racked up 13 sacks for ASU.
Round 4: #103 Overall
Offense: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
Defense: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
Coleman is a big bodied receiver that could provide a redzone threat opposite Andre Holmes. McCullers is a mammoth of a man that will be the immovable object in the center of the defense. Run stuffer who can play NT in hybrid fronts.
Round 6: #167 Overall
Offense: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
Defense: Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky
Grice was a TD machine in college and is a versatile back with receiving, rushing, and return skills. Jackson could provide good depth at MLB and play special teams.
Round 7: #196 Overall
Offense: John Urschel, G, Penn State
Defense: Dontae Johnson, FS, North Carolina State
Don't know too much about these guys so far in the draft, but Urchel is a high character guy with good size projected in the 7th. He won the 2013 senior CLASS award that is given to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in all of the FBS. Johnson is a 6-2 200lb FS that runs a 4.45 and is projected here. Can be a good special teams player and an understudy to Woodson if he comes back.
Round 7: #212 Overall
Offense: Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State
Defense: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
Linsley is an ex shot putter and basketball player so he is strong and athletic. Durable with 26 straight starts and can be a back up to Wiz. Colvin tore his ACL during the senior bowl so his stock has dropped and will probably be available here. Plays physical and can contribute on special teams which is what a 7th round pick is meant for.
Thanks for reading my first post and my first ever mock draft. Let me know how I did!
P.S. big props to all of you frequent fanpost writers for putting in the time to give everyone constant reading material. This took a lot longer than I thought and I didn't even go into half the detail some of you do. Much respect to all the posters in S&BP.