Here we go. We’re almost ready for the draft to start Thursday night.
Among the last pre-draft posts (and we blew it out for you this draft season, folks) is my seven-round mock without trades. I’ll circle back later this afternoon with a Raiders’ full mock with trades.
No. 12 pick: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
I like Lamb slightly more than Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy. On my board, Lamb is available, although the Raiders are going to have to worry about the Cardinals at No. 8 and the Jets at No. 11. Lamb would come in and give the Raiders a No.1 receiving option for years.
No. 19 Kristian Fulton, LSU, CB
No trades, remember. I think the Raiders are going to be in a tight spot here. Fulton may be a bit of an overdraft, but he can come in and help at a need position. I’m very tempted to take Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. I think he’s a better player than Fulton, but the Raiders need a cornerback more.
No. 80 pick: Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina, DL
The Raiders have been studying him for some time. He will be a good value pick at a need position. He is more of a defensive lineman, who can be disruptive.
No. 81 pick: Logan Wilson, Wyoming, LB
Like Strowbridge, the Raiders have been studying this player. He seems like a Jon Gruden-Mike Mayock all-in-football type. Good value pick.
No. 91 pick: Terrell Burgress, Utah, safety
He would have a chance to play special teams right away and vie for a starting job soon.
No. 121 pick: A.J. Dillon, Boston College, RB
The Raiders want a big running back to help star Josh Jacobs. At 247 pounds, the bruising Dillon fits the bill.
No. 159 pick: James Morgan, Florida International, QB
Gruden has been on this guy. He’s smart and he has a naturally strong arm. Gruden gets his developmental quarterback at a good spot.