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NFL mock draft 2017: Todd McShay predicts Raiders picks in first three rounds

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It’s fun with mocks time apparently. Last week it was Mel Kiper and Todd McShay doing a dueling mock draft over two rounds. This week McShay did his mock a little different (I guess) and went three rounds deep, grouping them by team.

He put forth a few rules for this, many of which I would think he would have been doing anyway, but apparently wasn’t.

1. At each slot, I make a pick in the best interest of only the team with the pick. I won't pass on a player at No. 4 just because I like the team better at No. 5.

2. No trades unless they're already done. I try to address team needs, but like in the draft, value can supersede need.

3. Again, I'm not projecting picks. It's more a look at where I see value up and down the board.

Here is what he has the Raiders doing in their first three picks:

Round 1 (24): Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Round 2 (56): Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

Round 3 (88): Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn

Running back is a glaring hole on an otherwise stacked Raiders offense. Cook comes with durability and character concerns, but he's electric in the open field and has shown the ability to create yards on his own. Tabor has a knack for finding the ball, with 28 pass breakups and nine interceptions in three seasons. He falls to the second round after showing lackluster explosiveness (31-inch vertical) and long speed (4.62 40) at the combine. Adams has the natural ability to be a difference-maker on Sundays, but he did not show consistent effort on tape, particularly in 2015. Adams would be worth the risk in Round 3; he's gifted enough to warrant second-round consideration.

My take: It seems a bit irresponsible to neglect linebacker in the top three rounds. It’s also interesting just how much he and Kiper think the Raiders will make running back a top priority. In their dueling mock draft, they both had the Raiders going with Tennessee back Alvin Kamara with their round two pick.