Oakland's defense improved as the season progressed, but there was always a big void in the middle of the defensive line. I imagine the Raiders will want to spend a high selection on a prospect who can generate some pressure in the interior, and Caleb Brantley is one of the top prospects available.
Rd. 2, Pk. 24
D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
Latavius Murray said he wants to re-sign with the Raiders, but I'm not sure Oakland will want him back. The coaching staff never wanted to have Murray handle the workload, so maybe the front office will spend an early draft choice on a runner they're more confident in.
Rd. 3, Pk. 24
Chad Hansen, WR, California
The Raiders have two stud receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, but they have one of the weakest No. 3 wideouts in the NFL, as Seth Roberts dropped countless passes in 2016.
Pick change; previously Carlos Henderson, WR
Rd. 4, Pk. 23
Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane
As mentioned earlier, the Raiders happen to be very weak in the defensive interior, so they could stand to double up on defensive tackles.
Draft Needs: CB * ILB * DT * RB * OT * SSLB * OG * FS * TE
The Raiders have been one of the best drafting teams the last 3 season's and this year it paid off for them with a Division Championship, had Derek Carr not been injured who know's how deep a run the silver and black could have made.
The Raiders will enter this draft with a few very specific needs DT, CB and ILB after that they will look for depth.
Cunningham is a player that jumps out at you watching Vanderbilt game film, he is consistently the first one to the ball and never seems to miss a tackle. His speed and play recognition are elite, probably more suited to a 3/4 based defense as an inside linebacker Cunningham is just to gifted not to be a star weather the Raiders put him in the middle or at the strong side where I think his coverage ability will be a true asset.
The Raiders could use some upgrades at cornerback. Oakland had coverage issues all season. <br> <br>
Tabor totaled 33 tackles with four interceptions and six passes broken up in 2016. Because of getting in a fight with a teammate, Tabor was suspended for the 2016 opener, but he covered really well after that and was a ballhawk. Tabor turned in a mixed game against Tennessee as he had an impressive interception, but also fell down in coverage to allow a 67-yard touchdown. <br> <br>
As a sophomore, Tabor recorded 40 tackles, 14 passes broken up and four interceptions, two of them being pick-sixes. Tabor did hurt his draft stock with a suspension during his sophomore season as well. Tabor (6-0, 191) had an excellent freshman season in 2014 totaling 31 tackles with an interception and eight passes broken up that year.
Some team sources say that Tabor has been overrated by the media, but he still could end up being a first-round pick. His best role might be as a big nickel corner in the NFL. Tabor is lacking long speed and gives up plays downfield. He is great underneath with very good feel and awareness, though he is a gambler and guesses a ton. Tabor is good when plays are in front of him, but gets in trouble with plays behind or over him. Multiple team sources like other first-round corner prospects more than Tabor. <br> <br>
The Raiders could use a feature back as their rushing offense lacks consistency. A runner like McCaffrey could be dangerous with defenses focused on stopping Derek Carr and Amari Cooper. On top of that, McCaffrey would give Carr another receiving option. <br> <br>
In 2016, McCaffrey has averaged 6.3 yards per carry for 1,399 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has 35 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown as well. McCaffrey also had a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown called back by a questionable penalty. <br> <br>
In my opinion, McCaffrey should have won last season's Heisman Trophy because he carried Stanford in 2015. McCaffrey was a home-run hitter and a threat to rip off a huge gain every time he touched the ball. McCaffrey has a tremendous burst to break into the open field with vision, cutting ability and elusiveness. In 2015, he averaged six yards per carry for 2,019 yards with eight touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 45 catches for 645 yards and five scores. McCaffrey (6-1, 200) looks undersized, but he still should be an early rounder. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Alvin Kamara, RB </i> </u>
Raiders defense makes ZERO sense too me tbh . A new D coordinator would be smart . Del rio sadly is the HC and is a defensive minded HC at that but his guys are clearly lost and some guys do not seem too understand where too be at all . Its as if some guys line up in a 4-3 scheme while others are in a 3-4 scheme. . Either way they need help defensively . I assume its a 4-3 scheme but the way their LBs play I don't think that's the case. Either way I think Aldon Smith will be back in the NFL next season for the raiders . Him and mack will be the most dominant DEs in the NFL. I think they need more interior D lineman and more depth at LB other than that are looking set .
The secondary for the Raiders has been very poor all season long which is shocking since they spent so much money on Sean Smith who is pulling a Brandon Carr by playing poorly after leaving KC. It also does not help that David Amerson has looked bad also since signing a long term contract after his one year deal last year and DJ Hayden has been a first round bust since he was drafted. Sidney Jones may not be the biggest corner, but his length helps him be a shutdown corner for the Huskies the past two seasons. He has nice swagger to him too which can fit well with this young up and coming team.
Last Weeks Selection: Dawuane Smoot DE Illinois at Pick # 26
@kklunert I agree Wentz is better than Kessler at this point ( not by alot to be honest ) Once teams got tape on him he regressed ALOT ... His arm and game savvy is good but he looked average at best... I watched D. Prescott all thru his sr year in college and thought he was a better QB but he made a bad choice getting a DUI... You are 110% right on them having to hit on their draft picks... Titans hit with J. Conklin when many said they reached big time for him...sometimes you get lucky but I thought he was just as good as Tunsil & Stanley ...