Now that the offseason is in full swing for the 20 teams who didn't make the playoffs, the mock drafts have begun. It's always interesting to see what draft gurus like Mel Kiper think will go down. He took his first crack at it today.
For the Raiders, he has them taking Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin. Kiper had this to say about why he has them making that selection:
The Raiders have their quarterback of the future, but they could also lose a pair of tackles in free agency, and even then they'd be wise to get some immediate insurance out of the draft. Conklin has been a steady force on the MSU line for three years and is great at limiting pressure and also getting after it in the run game.
The offensive tackle the Raiders could be losing is left tackle Donald Penn whose 2-year contract is up and as he is turning 33 in April, the team could be looking for a replacement. Kiper has Conklin as the third OT tacken off the board in this draft.
Here is how he sees the entire first round shaking out (asterisk represent underclassmen):
1. Tennessee Titans - *Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio St.
2. Cleveland Browns - *Jared Goff, QB, Cal
3. San Diego Chargers - *Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
4. Dallas Cowboys - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
5. Jacksonville Jaguars - *Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida St.
6. Baltimore Ravens - *Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
7. San Francisco 49ers - *Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
8. Miami Dolphins - *Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - *Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
10. New York Giants - *Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
11. Chicago Bears - Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
12. New Orleans Saints - *A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
13. Philadelphia Eagles - *Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
14. Oakland Raiders - *Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St.
15. Los Angeles Rams - *Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
16. Detroit Lions - Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama
17. Atlanta Falcons - *Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
18. Indianapolis Colts - Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio St.
19. Buffalo Bills - *Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
20. New York Jets - *Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
21. Washington Redskins - **Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
22. Houston Texans - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota St.
23. Minnesota Vikings - Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
24. Cincinnati Bengals - *Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
25. Pittsburgh Steelers - *Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
26. Seattle Seahawks - **Eli Apple, CB, Ohio St.
27. Green Bay Packers - *Austin Johnson, DT, Penn St.
28. Kansas City Chiefs - *Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
29. Denver Broncos - *Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio St.
30. Arizona Cardinals - *Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
31. Carolina Panthers - *Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma St.
*There will be only 31 picks in the first round in 2016, with New England's first-round pick forfeited.
To view Kiper's comments on each pick (by subscription only), click here.