With some 6000 votes cast for the 10th overall pick in our 2018 Silver & Black Pride community mock draft, Raider Nation has made a decisive choice for the Raiders’ selection. You have the Raiders selecting Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea.
The mammoth 340-pound defensive tackle was chosen with nearly 50% of the total vote. Though there were 12 prospects from which to choose, it was basically between Vea and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith who had 30% of the vote.
Both are solid choices who fill major needs for the Raiders. And I trust that no one knows better what the Raiders need than the loyal fans who track their every move both during the season and in the offseason.
Vea is considered by most to be the top DT in this class. Some have given the edge to Maurice Hurst, but with the potential heart issue that kept him from working out at the combine, some are backing away from him as a top option.
Here is some of our coverage on Vita Vea this offseason:
Some of you may have liked other players for the Raiders, but those players were already selected in the mock. That’s just how it goes in mock drafts, just as in the real one. You can’t pick from anyone you like, you can only pick from what’s available.
Here is what that top ten looks like in our mock:
- Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
- New York Giants — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
- New York Jets — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
- Cleveland Browns — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
- Denver Broncos — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
- Indianapolis Colts — Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
- Chicago Bears — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
- San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
- Oakland Raiders — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
That’s about as good a top ten mock draft as I’ve found out there, especially considering no trades are allowed in this one.
I am interested in how y’all think the rest of the first round will go, so I’m gonna keep the community mock draft going, if you don’t mind. We still have some 20 days before the actual draft and 22 picks to cover, so I probably should have gotten this thing started earlier, but we’ll work with what we’ve got.
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