Raiders 7 round mock draft

For this mock I've not included any trades to these are my picks if the Raiders stay where they are.  Of course, Reggie McKenzie is likely to make some trades, possibly starting with their first round pick.  If they do not, here are the players I think would best fit the Silver and Black:

1. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

The Raiders finished the 2012 season second to last in the league in sacks. They desperately need playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. Ziggy Ansah would provide a boost to a pitiful Raiders pass rush and would serve as a versatile piece for Jason Tarver’s hybrid defense. The Raiders can use Ansah much the way the 49ers do Aldon Smith.

Alternate pick: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon


 

 

3. Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern

A lot can happen before the Raiders’ second pick of the draft comes around, but if Brandon Williams is still on the board he would be a solid selection. Williams is a violent, tenacious run defender and would give the Raiders a true nose tackle for the middle of their hybrid defense.

Alternate pick: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati


 

4. Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado

Right now the top tight ends on the Raiders’ depth chart are David Ausberry and Richard Gordon – neither of whom inspired enough confidence in the coaching staff to see much playing time in 2012. Kasa has room to grow as a receiver, but he’s an imposing run blocker and can help the Raiders in pass protection as well.

Alternate pick: Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma


 

6. Keith Pough, LB, Howard

The Raiders brought in several players who should help their linebacker rotation, but depth is still an issue here. Keith Pough is an active, energetic fundamentally sound linebacker who is athletic enough to hold up in coverage. He’s a developmental player, but he can help immediately on special teams.

Alternate pick: Earl Watford, OG, James Madison


 

6. Everett Dawkins, DL, Florida State

Last season, the Raiders struggled against the run in part because the only defensive tackles on their roster were prototypical 3-technique tackles. This season, they’re looking for a prototypical 3-technique after losing Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, and Desmond Bryant. Everett Dawkins can help the Raiders generate some interior pressure in rotation.

Alternate pick: Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State


 

6. Marc Anthony, CB, Cal

Anthony is an extremely fluid athlete – smooth through his transitions with outstanding ability to break on the ball. His physicality is an asset in man coverage and against the run. In a Raider secondary searching for playmakers, Anthony could earn early playing time.

Alternate pick: Chris Jones, DT, Bowling Green


 

7. Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame

Riddick was a bit of a late bloomer in college, spending time at wide receiver before finally getting a chance to be Notre Dame’s feature back in 2012. He shows good balance, leg drive, and explosiveness as a runner, but his background as a receiver makes him most intriguing. Because of his diverse skill set he could eventually develop into a reliable third-down back.

Alternate pick: Rod Sweeting, CB, Georgia Tech

Asher Mathews

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