I’ve seen this approach a couple times. In fact, often times fans simply confuse the concept of what a mock draft is, thinking that if you have a certain player going to a certain team it’s because you like that player. In reality, a mock draft is not about what you like, it’s literally about predicting what the team likes.
Peter King put out his latest (not) mock draft, sending players to teams based on what he thinks they should do, which may not necessarily be what they will do.
In that, here is who he sends to the Raiders.
4. Oakland: Josh Allen, edge rusher, Kentucky.
Jon Gruden picks Khalil Mack II, he hopes, and pays 30 cents on the Mack dollar for him. The best two edge players in the draft this year should be gone in the top four.
24. Oakland: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama.
It’s a great story, Marshawn Lynch being the billboard for his hometown Raiders. Rebel, rebel. Guess how many carries Lynch has had in the last four NFL seasons? It’s 408. Guess who turns 33 two weeks from today? Time marches on, and a guy who’s averaged 102 carries a year in the last four and who is ancient by running-back standards is maybe a complementary player this year. Raiders need a stud back, and I hear they love Jacobs.
27. Oakland: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware, or Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame.
I tend to think Adderley, because he’s a versatile player (three-year CB, one-year safety) who could fill the hole at safety next to Karl Joseph or plug at corner or nickel as well. Good weapon for defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. The luxury of extra picks might make defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons tempting. He’d have been a top 10 pick were it not for his torn ACL in February.
That’s one take. What do you think?
Do you agree with Peter King?
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Yes, all three
Yes, two of the three
Yes, but only one of the three
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