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GRANDVILLAPIANO:FINAL DRAFT 2014

IT’S GO TIME!!! SO, LET'S GO OVER-THE-TOP!!!

Just to show and prove that like anyone else here on Sliver & Black who writes comments and posts, I know absolutely squat about drafting NFL prospects. We just like to mess around with the reports, videos and all of the golly-gee-whiz research, but damn... it is entertaining.

Let’s cut to the bare bones…

I have only ONE primary pick per round with two optional picks; three optional picks for the empty 5th and 6th Rounds.

OPTIONAL PICKS??? Wha-chew talkin'bout, Willis??

These cover any draft day, spur-of-the-moment trading, player availability or additional picks obtained.

Gotta cut some flexibility, right?

BOLD = my personally, overly studied and totally unequivocal draft selection.

The positional breakdown is:

QB: 1 WR: 3 TE: 1 RB: 2 FB: 1 OT: 3 OG: 2 OC: 0 K: 0

DE: 1 DT: 1 OLB: 3 ILB: 2 CB: 2 FS: 2 SS: 3 P: 0

Surprisingly, it came out pretty balanced: 13 offensive picks; 14 defensive picks.

SO LET'S TOSS IT AROUND IN THESE FEW DAYS BEFORE MAY 8th!

Review my draft over-under-sideways and down; rip it up; dissect it; adore it or pull it down and stomp on it.

Hopefully, you will all create your own drafts and publish them before the 8PM Thursday draft.

And yes, the Evaluation Committee will be checking time-stamps!!

Then we will compare how many selections were dead-on or missed by a country mile.

I've been a Raider fan since 1965...still going strong.

SUPER BOWL VICTORY in 2016!!

SPECIAL BONUS...(Really? Why so serious?)

GAME ONE SEPTEMBER 7th, 2014:

RAIDERS - 27 JETZOIDS - 17

Schaub: 21-35 2TDs; 298 yards; 1 INT; TDs: Holmes (1), Rivera (1);

Jones-Drew: 22-97 yards; Reece 12-64 (1 TD); McFadden: 3-11

Janikowski FG: 45 and 33 yards; 3xtra-pts;

Tuck - 1 sack; Woodley - 1 sack; S.Moore - 1 fumble recovery; C.Rogers - 1 INT

ROUND 1:

Khalil Mack (OLB):

"Upper echelon of performance, intensity and tenaciousness."

OPTIONAL:

Mike Evans (WR): "Big, physical and a reliable WR who can stretch the field."

Ryan Shazier (OLB): "Unrelenting and tremendously hard-hitting."

ROUND 2:

Derek Carr (QB): "For what the Raiders need, he'll be THE QB Package."

OPTIONAL:

Kelvin Benjamin (WR): "Doesn't take a second-seat to any WR. All the tools, plus size."

RaShede Hageman (DT): "A dominating force that can wreak havoc."

ROUND 3:

Ja'Wuan James (OT): "A Goliath pass protector. He displays explosive power."

OPTIONAL:

Rashaad Reynolds (CB): "Extremely intelligent; football smart; aggressive, solid tackler."

Deone Bucannon (SS): "Hits like a runaway train. Lovin' me some "TATUM" intimidation."

ROUND 4:

Max Bullough (ILB): "Brings a Jack Lambert ferocity and intensity to the game."

OPTIONAL:

David Yankey (OG): "Basic, all-purpose, gritty, power blocker; excellent pass protector."

Crockett Gilmore (TE): "Physical, solid blocker; great post-catch-overpowering running."

ROUND 5: NONE

OPTIONAL:

Michael Campanero (WR): "Welker-like ; gets open; steady and dependable."

Marqueston Huff (FS): "Swift, agile; top-notch field perception and glove-tight coverage."

Dezman Southward (SS): "Smart first-class awareness with exceptionally cover basics."

ROUND 6: NONE

OPTIONAL:

Andrew Norwell (OG): "A bruising, tough-nosed, get-down-and-dirty player."

Brandon Coleman (WR): "BIG, reliable, physical zone-splitter; deceptive speed."

Tre Boston (FS): "Carries a tough attitude and instinctive reactions; turnover maker."

ROUND 7a:

David Fluellen (RB): "Sure handed, ball security and hits the holes quickly."

OPTIONAL:

Tyler Starr (OLB): "Punishing power-rusher; crunching hits; retreats easily into coverage."

Jerry Gates (SS): " Packs a bell-ringing punch; aggressive and competitive."

ROUND 7b:

Parker Graham (OT): "Two-in-one: excellent at OT and just as formidable at OG."

OPTIONAL:

Glenn Carson (ILB): "Focused leader, exceptional, reliable tackler; superior coverage."

Mohammed Seisay (CB): "Physical, super-tight coverage; elusive speed; savvy defender."

ROUND 7c (from Seattle):

Michael LaGrone (FB): "Quality, dependable receiver, power blocker, fluid runner."

OPTIONAL:

Josh Mauro (DE): "Intense and heavy-duty; able to control his zone."

Josh Aladenoye (OT): "Strong blocker and drives his opponent away from the play."

NOTE...

not for nothing, but I'm taking a long-shot that RM or DA (with suggestion by Mark Davis) might choose the sentimental pick of George Atkinson III. Probably in the 7th Round, or they'll invite him to a free-agent camp. Just for old times sake. Yet, it wouldn't be a token pick, GA3 is a good prospect and may surprise a number of pundits.

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