Draft guru Dane Brugler has put out his 3-round mock draft. In it he has the Raiders fixing their team from the inside out. With their pick at 10 overall, he has them going with the same player Raider Nation voted for as the Raiders pick in our recent Silver & Black Pride community mock.
That is, of course, Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea.
The Raiders have one of the weakest interior defensive line units in the AFC and need to upgrade from the inside out on defense. At 340 pounds, Vea is a rare player with his blend of power and athleticism.
This pick is made with Denzel Ward having been taken by the 49ers with the pick before and with Tremaine Edmunds, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Roquan Smith going with the next three picks.
With the Raiders second round pick, Brugler stays in the trenches, getting a player for the Raiders long standing vacant right tackle job who could eventually move to left tackle when Donald Penn’s career is done (which could be after this season).
41. Oakland Raiders — Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
With Donald Penn entering his age 35 season, the Raiders need to prepare for the future at left tackle.
O’Neill is the fifth tackle taken in his mock draft after Mike McGlinchey, Connor Williams, Kolton Miller, and Tyler Crosby.
Sticking with major needs, Brugler sends Florida cornerback Duke Dawson to Oakland in the third round. Stanford’s Quentin Meeks is taken with the next pick.
Three major needs filled in the first two days, starting with the tenches. Sounds like a solid plan.