As Free agency heats up furiously, the speculation of the NFL Draft is building intensely. The head wrenching decisions for one of the most important off-season’s ever are becoming more interesting by the second. The Silver & Black have their work cut out for them to fix what ails the current roster. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the choices the Raiders may choose to make in late April in this latest mock draft.
Round 1, Pick 4, Devin White LB LSU
The premiere linebacker in the draft. White is the defensive captain the Raiders lack. He’s a sideline to sideline speed demon. Can make up ground in a hurry and fights through the traffic of larger offensive lineman to get to the ball carrier. Plays bigger then his six-foot stature. Reads and reacts to the snap the way a linebacker must do to be the general of a defense, but does take bad angles from time to time. White must also improve dropping back in coverage against pass catchers, especially the way offenses are using their targets these days. The silver & black have not had a playmaker at the linebacker position like this for what seems like forever.
Devin White flew from sideline-to-sideline and led all SEC linebackers by making first contact will the ball carrier on 92 snaps this season. pic.twitter.com/yF59Hykfdi
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 5, 2019
Pick 24, Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson
Solid pass rusher who’d be a steal if he somehow lasts this long on day one. One of 4 draftable prospects on Clemson’s championship d-line. Good enough explosiveness off the edge and underrated power against offensive tackles. Can overpower tackles to get pressure in the backfield at an above average rate. Showcases high energy more often than not. He has an uncanny awareness that allows him to hunt down the ball carrier from almost anywhere. Strengthened his sack total every season in Death Valley. Didn’t participate in Clemson’s pro day because of a toe injury and his draft stock has been on the decline. Ferrell is a quality prospect who is no Khalil Mack, but would be an admirable replacement for the Raiders.
Pick 27, Nasir Adderley S Delaware
Would be the #1 ranked safety if he went to a power 5 school. He’s got a knack for always being around the ball. Rarely takes plays off either. Will come up and lay the hit when he is supposed to do. Adderley is sound against the run as well. A lot of his highlights immediately jump off the tape. Didn’t work out at the combine, but is expected to at Delaware’s pro day on March 22. The concern has to be whether or not he can adjust to the bigger spotlight of the NFL, compared to performing in the FCS.
Round 2, Pick 35, Eric McCoy IOL Texas A&M
Underrated recruit who played all 3 years in College Station. Was trusted upon early and proved he could be relied on during his tenure as an Aggie. A leader who paved the way for Trayveon Williams to explode for over 2,000 combined yards and 18 touchdowns in 2018. Impressed many at the Senior Bowl and combine. Earned team captain status in his final season in College Station. Well experienced in the overwhelming SEC conference. Can move quite well for himself when blocking on the run. 6’4” and 310 pounds for a scholar athlete who owns a strong work ethic that teams covet. If coached up properly, McCoy has a shot to be a perennial Pro Bowler as a center or guard.
— Joe Martinez (@JoeMartinez007) September 4, 2017
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