Greetings, Raider fans! The Great Raiderdamus has returned with not just predictions for the Raiders’ first rounders, but the entirety of Oakland’s picks until the very end of the draft. And as I, the Sultan of Seers, am currently on location in Nashville, I will be live at the Draft reporting on all the goings-on from the very belly of the beast. Tune into the Poobah of Prognostication’s Twitter on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for pictures and analysis of how bad the Titans fans smell.
Anyway, here goes the seven-round Raiders mock. I suspect Oakland will do its fair share of wheeling and dealing, but here’s a full draft I’d be highly comfortable with if they decide to stand pat.
Round 1, Pick 4: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
We’ve seen plenty of mocks that show Quinnen Williams sliding to the Raiders. Don’t buy it. Williams is the best player in this draft and someone will make a move for him. That leaves Josh Allen for the Raiders, and that’s a home run in my eyes. Allen is a beast off the edge and had a tremendous impact on every game he was in. He can rush the passer, stuff the run and is a capable coverage guy from an outside linebacker spot. Perfect fit for Oakland.
Round 1, Pick 24: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Fant would be the top tight end in this draft were it not for his teammate, TJ Hockenson, who is a potential top-10 pick. Is the difference in talent between the two players worthy of a 14-pick difference in draft position? No. Fant is a steal anywhere after Pick 15.
Round 1, Pick 27: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Adderley is not only the best safety in this draft, he also can play corner and his skills at CB are on par with many of the top corners available in this draft. Adderley has almost no weaknesses to his game so long as you don’t put him all alone single-high. He’s a stud.
Round 2, Pick 35: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
I’m sure some of you noticed that the last two Heisman winners were Sooner quarterbacks. What did these two men, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, have in common? Why, that would be the services of Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, cousin of new Raiders WR Antonio Brown. Raider fans have been paralyzed by fear at the thought of the Chiefs taking Brown to pair with or replace Tyreek Hill, so the Raiders should take him instead and pair him with his own cousin.
Round 4, Pick 106: David Long, CB, Michigan
Long is a pure press-man cover corner with absolutely elite coverage skills despite his size at 5’10” and 196 pounds. He attacks receivers at the line of scrimmage and bumps them off routes with ferocity and aplomb. His footwork is impeccable and he has good long speed and runs 4.45. His issue is that his size may give him issues against bigger receivers, but at Michigan, opposing offenses rarely threw his way for a reason. Pardon the pun, but he’s a true wolverine at corner.
Round 5, Pick 140: Jalen Jelks, Edge, Oregon
Jelks has been an overlooked sack artist since his redshirt freshman year in 2015, collecting three sacks in limited time. He had 6.5 sacks in his junior year in 2017. He could be a situational pass rusher in the NFL, but to be an every-down DE with his hand in the dirt he’ll need to add about 20 pounds to his 6’5”, 256-pound frame. He knows how to get to the quarterback, but he’ll need to get bigger to match up with blockers at the next level. In Round 5, there aren’t many pass rushers of his ability left.
Round 7, Pick 218: Gary Johnson, LB, Texas
Johnson stood out as a middle linebacker in Texas after being a three-sport athlete in high school in Alabama and winning a state title in the 100 meter dash. He ran a 4.45 at the Combine and he has impressive straight-line speed. His lateral movement leaves something to be desired, but he’s a fine downhill tackler and a superlative special teams player.
Round 7, Pick 235: Ken Webster, CB, Ole Miss
Webster is probably not starting corner material, but he’s fast enough and carries enough punch to make his mark as a nickel corner. He’s a willing tackler but his cover skills fell off after a serious knee injury. Maybe he gets them back? There’s a lot of potential to work with here.