Post Steelers Mock: 10.27.13
Raiders are 3-4, and the remaining schedule leads me to believe they are going to win some games. Wisniewski is back, huge push, the defense is really flying around and making plays. Let's say the Raiders are picking...13th. Yes, 13th. An interesting position.
In 2013 their was some movement atop the NFL Draft:
No. 3 Overall - Oakland trades with Miami for the No. 12 slot and the No. 42 pick in the 2nd Round.
No. 8 Overall - Buffalo trades with St. Louis for the No. 16 slot, a No. 46 2nd Round pick, a No. 78 3rd Round pick and a No. 222 7th Round pick. Buffalo also gives St. Louis their No. 71 3rd Round pick.
No. 18 Overall - Dallas trades with San Francisco for the No. 31 slot and the No. 74 pick in the 3rd Round.
No. 22 Overall - St. Louis trades with Atlanta for the No. 30 slot, a No. 92 3rd Round pick and the No. 198 6th Round pick. Atlanta also gains a 2015 7th Round pick.
No. 29 Overall - New England trade with Minnesota for the No. 52 2nd Round pick, No. 83 3rd Round pick, No. 102 4th Round pick and the No. 229 7th Round pick.
THAT WAS A THURSDAY. Whew.
Now judging from the No. 13 position, there's good value there usually. Teams try to trade up into the Top 10, or they're looking to add value after the 15th pick. Oakland could very well be looking to flat out use their 1st Rd. pick as it is and possibly trade around on Day 2. However, there are some talented players in the Top 20 of the 2014 NFL Draft, so I hypothesize that the trade frenzy could be the most ravenous in recent record.
Judging by the value I see Reggie only making a move if he can acquire another 2nd Round pick or multiple 3rd Round picks.
Possible partners include:
The San Francisco 49ers, after today, have two 2nd Round picks, one theirs and one from Kansas City since they've won 8 games, and two 3rd Round picks, one theirs, one from Tennessee.
The Jets own their 1st and 2nd and two 3rd Round picks, one from Tampa Bay, i.e. high 3rd Round pick.
The Browns own two 1st Round picks, including one from Indy which will likely be in the latter 3rd of the 1st round...they also own two 3rd Round picks, one theirs and one from Pittsburgh.
My guess is that the Browns will move on a QB...they could even offload their two 1st Round picks and more to Jacksonville to get Bridgewater...or they could wait and see how it plays out at the No. 2 or No. 3 spot and look for Mariota or Hundley or whoever they think is "their" guy. I'm ruling Cleveland out of the trade idea for now, but if they end up using their first 1st Round pick, they could be in a position to move back up, but given their need to find guys for the new schemes with the coaching changes, they could just end up using all their picks. Still...I think they'll move on a rookie QB of their choosing.
So, San Francisco, knowing the window is closing on Frank Gore, could possibly look to move up to No. 13 from their roughly No. 27 to No. 32 position, and offload another 2nd Rd pick, a 2nd and 3rd Rd pick (fingers crossed), or multiple 3rd Round picks...maybe even both of them (though I don't think Baalke is that greedy to move up). The Jets, depending on where they finish could be anywhere from No. 8 to No. 15, it could be a small move up for them...giving up a high 3rd to move up to No. 13, who knows...it's a possibility.
Okay, what's the scenario.
Let's say San Francisco is down to party, they're giving up a late 1st Round pick, a late 2nd Round pick (either theirs or KC's) and a late 3rd Round pick (most likely thiers).
Now, last season SF only gave away a 1st and a 3rd to acquire Dallas' position...it was a bad move in my opinion by Jerry Jones, but knowing that he only wanted Travis Frederick and nobody else, maybe it was worth it to him to gain the 3rd Round pick (WR Terrence Williams from Baylor). Baalke isn't much of a wheeler and dealer, but they need somebody at WR who can get them what they need down the field. I look at this draft and I see guys like Texas A&M's Mike Evans, Clemson's Sammy Watkins and USC's Marqise Lee. Evans is a tall, but young, ball catcher who can go up and get it like nobody else in college football right now. Watkins is an explosive, sure handed kid with a ton of talent, and Marqise Lee, assuming he comes back strong off his knee bug this season, has shown dynamic playmaking ability in the Pac 12. Then again, SF could look to guys like Penn State's Allen Robinson, Vandy's Jordan Matthews or Oregon State's Brandin Cooks late in the 1st or late in the 2nd Round. I say they flood the gates and go after a weapon early.
Raiders shake it down from No. 13 to the say, No. 30 slot. Seattle and Denver play in the Super Bowl, with Seattle punishing SF in yet another northwest beat down in the NFC Championship game.
Now the Raiders stare at:
* being those new picks acquired via the trade down. --- Day 2 value!
Round 1: Pick No. 30 (from San Francisco)
OG Gabe Jackson - Mississippi State
You are going to hear me going on about this kid at LG...where he has started for the Bulldogs the last 4 years. He is massive, technically sound and is exactly what the Raiders need inside to help the running game get more consistent. Bergstrom, Nix and Brisiel should seriously be on notice...we're getting most of our yards against better front 4's via the option...not going to last. Bruise and mash up front, start in the trenches. Beat them into submission, going to have to until Pryor gets his bearings as a signal caller in this League.
Round 2: Pick No. 44 (Oakland Owned)
WR Brandon Coleman - Rutgers
More targets for Pryor. Butler wants to drop balls, fine. Holmes on PEDs, fine. Criner, not good enough to challenge, or has a damaged ovary, fine. Coleman is a RJr. with serious skills, he is 6'-5", 220 lbs. and can really run. His hands aren't terrible, and he is currently suffering from some s*** QB play at Rutgers since Schiano left the program. This is a kid who could come in a really light it up on deep balls for Pryor and help the rest of the receiving corps gel as a unit. Hopefully, Belichick doesn't draft the entire Rutgers roster by now.
Round 2: Pick No. 59 (from San Francisco)
DE Kareem Martin - North Carolina
Houston needs a running mate. Martin's a good athlete with size and girth and can fit into the 4-3 base concept. He has a had a great couple of games lately vs. Miami and Boston College, flying around and making plays (as Romo would say). I'm not sure how much of an impact Jack Crawford is going to have, we'll see, but Martin would make a nice piece in Tarver's scheme.
Round 3: Pick No. 78 (Oakland Owned)
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz - Iowa
Dominant blocker at the TE position for Iowa. Comes from a basketball background and will be the TE the Raiders need with Rivera and Kasa developing. Ausberry is all but done in Oakland, this was the "show me" year, and he got injured. Toodles.
Round 3: Pick No. 90 (from San Francisco)
ILB Andrew Jackson - Western Kentucky
Outspoken but never outdone, Money Jackson packs a punch for a shorter LB. His explosion to the ballcarrier is tremendous. For a 5'-11" LB, he carries about 250 lbs. but uses it well. Has the explosion to blitz and take on blockers with violence. Could be good depth for Roach if Burris never comes back to play consistently.
Round 4: Pick No. 112 (Oakland Owned)
FS Kenny Ladler - Vanderbilt
Tackle machine for the Commodores. Has the size and versatility to possibly play some SS. 10 tackles, a pick and 2 Forced Fumbles vs. Texas A&M this week.
Last edited by RaiderAg; 10-28-2013 at 09:50 PM.
2014 Mock Draft (3.10.2014) "Pre-FA Version":
R1 (5): EP Khalil Mack - Buffalo
R2 (36): DE Scott Crichton - Oregon State
R3 (67): OG Brandon Thomas - Clemson
R4 (107): WR Josh Huff - Oregon
R6 (180): QB Brett Smith - Wyoming
R7 (208): ILB Max Bullough - Michigan State
R7 (225): DT Jay Bromley - Syracuse