The mock drafts don’t stop just because the draft has begun. Now that the first round is done, the second round mocks have come out. And there are a couple doozies over at NFL.com and ESPN.
Scout’s Inc’s Scott Muench over at ESPN apparently saw the Raiders took a chance on Gareon Conley in the first round and immediately jumped off the deep end into the ‘same old Raiders’ realm. They have them taking Florida defensive lineman Caleb Brantley who allegedly punched a woman in the face recently and knocked her tooth out.
Brantley is another player who is going to fall further than initially thought after he was charged with misdemeanor simple battery for allegedly punching a woman and knocked her unconscious during a dispute earlier this month. There's a lot of due diligence that the team would need to do before making this pick, but Brantley would help fill one of Oakland's most pressing needs.
Apparently in their gutting of their national reporters, ESPN has hired some temps to make these picks. I simply cannot see this pick ever happening. If I’m wrong, the Raiders would have some serious explaining to do considering their stance on domestic violence.
NFL.com goes with an, uh, interesting pick of their own. Lance Zierlein puts South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett headed to Oakland.
Ultra competitive with the ball in his hands, Everett could vault the Raider offense to the next level.
There’s a lot I don’t get about that pick. First of all, the Raiders offense is already next level. It was top five last season. Second, they made Jared Cook one of their top free agent signings this offseason to team up with former third round pick Clive Walford. Those two along with blocking tight end Lee Smith and where would Everett fit in? Third, the area of the Raiders that could use some ‘next level’ prospects is the defense. Neglecting that for a tight end??
Zierlein has the Raiders going with Auburn DT Montravius Adams with their 3rd round pick at 88 overall. That one makes a bit more sense. They need some help along the interior defensive line.