This week CBS Sports draft analyst Chris Trapasso took on the monumental task of doing an entire seven-round mock draft. That's every team, every round. Let's take a look at who he has the Raiders taking along with my own analysis of each pick.
The draft begins thusly:
And now for the Raiders picks:
Round 1, pick 4. Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
There seems to be two divided camps on Amari Cooper and Kevin White as to which of the two the Raiders would take with their pick. Trapasso is in the White camp. I'm in the Cooper camp, but hey, this isn't about me.
Round 2, pick 35. Preston Smith, DL, Mississippi State
Trappaso must be listening to a lot of Sirius XM NFL radio these days. He has the exact same top two picks for the Raiders as Jim Miller had in the first Sirius XM NFL mock draft. The 6-5, 270-pound defensive end could also line up at 3-tech defensive tackle if need be. He had 11.5 sacks in 24 starts for the Bulldogs.
Round 3, pick 68. Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss
Not a bad idea for the Raiders to look for safety help here. They cut Tyvon Branch in the offseason and Charles Woodson is entering his 18th season at the age of 39. This 6-2, 212-pound free safety was an All American in 2013 and All SEC as a senior last year. He would be a great value selection at this spot.
Round 4, pick 102. Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke
Interesting he has the Raiders going with a second receiver in this draft despite a need at other positions yet to be addressed such as offensive guard and tight end. Crowder is a 5-8, 174-pound slot receiver who set a new ACC record for career catches (283). Another position the Raiders haven't addressed in this mock draft is running back which is interesting considering the next two picks are South Carolina RB Mike Davis and Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon.
Round 5, pick 140. Randall Evans, CB, Kansas State
More secondary help with the addition of Evans. I don't know a lot about Evans, but I do know most reports I have seen don't even list him among draftable players. His own publication has him as a sixth round prospect whose stock is rising. The top of round five seems like a bit of a reach especially with all the aforementioned needs still yet to be addressed.
Round 6, pick 179. Mitch Morse, OL, Missouri
And here finally in the sixth round, the Raiders finally address offensive guard... sort of. Morse played tackle and some center in college but the 6-5, 310-pounder is seen more as translating inside to guard. Seems like a long time to wait and a questionable pick to fill a need that currently has no set starter.
Round 7, pick 221. Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas
In this draft scenario, Brown is a great pick here. He is an ideal player to take a chance on in the seventh round. He underachieved at Texas as part of a running back by committee. Brown is a solid 5-11, 225 pounds with plenty of potential to break out in the right situation.