Every time we update our mock draft database, the most picked player to go to the Raiders is Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith. The Raiders need linebackers and picks 9 (49ers) and 10 (Raiders) have been the range many have figured he would go. But in Brett Kollmann’s recent breakdown he says not only might he not be the best choice for the Raiders but he could be in for a slide well outside the top ten.
Many have seen Smith as a pure middle linebacker. Kollmann does not. He sees his size and skillset translating to an ideal weak side linebacker at the next level. And in that respect Smith takes a backseat to Tremaine Edmunds. For what it’s worth, Kollmann also broke down film of Edmunds and said Oakland is the perfect destination.
And for those of you wondering who Brett Kollmann is, you should familiarize yourself. He’s the one who nailed Gareon Conley as a perfect fit for the Raiders last year.
Then you have to ask yourself; Why would the Raiders take the second best weak side linebacker at a spot in which they will undoubtedly have their pick of the top player at multiple need positions?