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Mel Kiper and Todd McShay do dueling 2-round mock draft and picks for Raiders in round two are far more interesting

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Today ESPN put out their annual mock draft wrinkle piece where both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay make their picks together over two rounds. Sure, you could get the same thing with separate mock drafts, but I suppose there’s something to be said for putting them together like that.

For their first round, they both have the Raiders taking Roquan Smith. He’s been the popular pick among mock drafts for some time, so yawn.

When we get into the second round it gets more interesting. Both have the Raiders going with a defensive back, but the two picks are very different.

Kiper has them landing top cornerback prospect Isaiah Oliver out of Colorado, who most see as a first round product, and some see as potentially the best corner in the draft. So getting him in the second round would be a great get.

McShay’s pick is rather strange. He has them taking safety Jessie Bates III out of Wake Forest who is seen as a day two pick whose stock is on the rise after a good showing at the combine. His selection would mean the Raiders take a safety with one of their top two picks for the third consecutive year. And he has Oliver still on the board when they pick. Passing on a highly rated cornerback in a deep class of corners in favor of a safety seems downright foolish. But who am I.