Film breakdown on each of the Raiders’ draftees

CB DJ Hayden

College

Weight

Height

Houston

190 lbs

5’11

40 time: 4.40

3 cone: N/A

Short Shuttle: N/A

Vert: 33.5’

Broad: 10-0

Bench: N/A

Positives

Negatives

Great plant and drive ability

Health a question

Versatile in multiple coverages

Could use work on tackle ability

Fluid hips

Average press strength at the LOS

Natural Ball hawk

Lacks ideal height

Breaks to the ball in the run and passing game

Will he return to the player he was?

Summary: If healthy and back to his old self, DJ Hayden has all the tools to be a lockdown no.1 CB in the NFL. Reggie McKenzie and his staff seemed to think he’s back, selecting Hayden at 12th overall. With natural ball skills, slick coverage ability and great feet, Hayden should be a starting CB from the day the Raiders season starts.

 

 

Menelik Watson

OL Menelik Watson

College

Weight

Height

FSU

310 lbs

6’5

40 time: 5.29

3 cone: 8.31

Short Shuttle: 5.01

Vert: 24.5’

Broad: 8-7

Bench: N/A

Positives

Negatives

Multi-sport athlete

Raw technique

Good Feet

Low football awareness

Nice punch of the snap

One year wonder

Natural Mover

Over extends at times

Mean streak

Weak anchor

Summary: Raiders have lacked a good right tackle for a long time and selecting Watson could finally fix that. The Raiders can either plug him in straight away (I think picks in the first 3 rounds should be immediate starters) or play him at guard. The rumor is that Coach Sparano banged the table in the war room trying to get the Raiders to draft the imposing Menelik and he’s in comfortable hands under one of the best O-line coaches in the league in Sparano.


 

Sio Moore

LB Sio Moore

College

Weight

Height

UConn

245 lbs

6’1

40 time: 4.65

3 cone: 7.49

Short Shuttle: 4.31

Vert: 38’

Broad: 10-7

Bench: 29 reps

Positives

Negatives

Jack of all trades

Can get eaten by bigger blockers

Above average athlete

Niggling Injuries

Relentless Motor

Off the field issues

Great awareness and instincts

Could improve shedding technique

Can holdup in Coverage

Aggression could get him flags

Summary: My favorite pick of the Draft, I like Sio’s potential as a WILL/LEO role in Allen and Tarver’s defense similar to that of Von Miller in Denver. Moore is versatile LB who can rush the passer, cover TEs and plug gaps in the run game. I believe Sio Moore will be a starting linebacker this season and perhaps a star in the future.


 

QB Tyler Wilson

College

Weight

Height

Arkansas

215 lbs

6’2

40 time: 4.95

3 cone: 7.22

Short Shuttle: 4.39

Vert: 28’5

Broad: 9-4

Bench: N/A

Positives

Negatives

Toughness

Injury issues

Gunslinger attitude

Inconsistent

Good zip and velocity

Sloppy mechanics at times

Reads defenses well

Bad footwork under center

Great College Production in SEC

Weak Ball Security

Summary: Wilson has all the tools to be a franchise QB. He has his mechanical issues but most of those are fixable; plus he dealt with a ton of diversity at Arkansas, having no OL(in the SEC!) and a WR corps that hurt more than helped with multiple drops. With a good camp, Wilson could very well take over the starting QB spot over Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor.


 

TE Nick Kasa

College

Weight

Height

Colorado

270 lbs

6’6

40 time: 4.71

3 cone: N/A

Short Shuttle: N/A

Vert: 31.5’

Broad: 9-5

Bench: 22 reps

Positives

Negatives

Great size and frame

Raw blocking technique

Good vertical speed for a TE

Body Catcher

Fast learner

Not a route runner yet

Can play special teams

Needs some offensive awareness

Hard running ball carrier

Inexperience at the position

Summary: Nick Kasa fills a need at TE after the loss of Brandon Myers to the Giants. Kasa has a lot more potential then Myers did coming out of college however he’s also more raw, having only played TE for one year. If the staff can continue the progress he showed in college at getting acclimated to the position, Kasa could be a steal.


 

Latavius Murray

RB Latavius Murray

College

Weight

Height

UCF

225 lbs

6’3

40 time: 4.38

3 cone: 6.81

Short Shuttle: 4.36

Vert: 36’

Broad: 10-4

Bench: 22 reps

Positives

Negatives

Elite speed

Runs with high pad level

Receiving threat

Injury prone

Competent blocker

Too big to run low

Finishes runs

Played against lower competition

Strong ball carrier

Average between the tackles

Summary: When watching film on Murray, I instantly think Darren McFadden. Murray has a crazy combo of size and speed. I don’t know if Murray can play running back in NFL because he runs very high and his large size makes him easier to bring down. If he doesn’t work out at RB, however, he could line up as H-back, Wide Receiver etc. similar too Raiders FB Marcel Reece.


 

Mychal Rivera

TE Mychal Rivera

College

Weight

Height

Tennessee

245 lbs

6’3

40 time: 4.81

3 cone: 7.71

Short Shuttle: 4.43

Vert: 31’

Broad: 9-4

Bench: 17 reps

Positives

Negatives

Versatile

Could improve Football I.Q

Natural hands catcher

Lacks Strength

Willing blocker

No Explosion of LOS

Reads zones well

Average size and speed for position

Good Body Control

Needs to show more in passing game

Summary: Raiders further loaded the TE position with the selection of Rivera. Rivera moved all over as a Tennessee Vol, playing in a variety of formations in-line and out wide, making him a versatile prospect that could line up at H-back at times letting the Raiders move Reece around.

 

Stacy McGee

DT Stephen McGhee

College

Weight

Height

Oklahoma

295 lbs

6’3

40 time: N/A

3 cone: N/A

Short Shuttle: N/A

Vert: N/A

Broad: N/A

Bench: N/A

Positives

Negatives

Size for 3-tech position

Character concerns

Good get off at the snap

Little college production

Runs to the whistle

No combine or workout

 

Off the field issues

 

Lacks finish

Summary: McGee was a surprise pick as not draftniks had a “draft-worthy” grade on him. McGee did not go to the Combine or have a Pro day leading up to the draft and he had multiple character/off the field issues in college which makes it even more surprising the Raiders chose to pick him in the sixth round. I’ll be stunned if McGee makes the final 53 man roster.


 

Brice Butler

WR Brice Butler

College

Weight

Height

SDSU

215 lbs

6’3

40 time: 4.36

3 cone: 6.70

Short Shuttle: 4.40

Vert: 39’

Broad: 10-9

Bench: N/A

Positives

Negatives

Prototypical size and speed

Build up speed

NFL pedigree

Not a natural hands catcher

Good catch radius

Average route runner

Physical

Lack of production

Good Work ethic

Weak blocking skills

Summary:  Another surprise pick for many (especially with many Raiders fans calling for players like WR Da’Rick Rogers or a pass rusher), McKenzie stuck with his board and went with Brice Butler. While he has all the measurable for the NFL, he is a raw prospect, However, the sixth round is the time to select the raw athletes that have potential to grow, like Butler. Butler is son of former NFL DB Bobby Butler.

 

 


Bass_David

DE David Bass

College

Weight

Height

Missouri

Western

State

 

265 lbs

 

6’3

40 time: 4.84

3 cone: 7.07

Short Shuttle: 4.33

Vert: 30.5

Broad: 9-7

Bench: 20 reps

Positives

Negatives

Nice college production

Not amazing athlete

Good hand use

Played against lower competition

High Motor/Leader

Small array of rush moves

Solid football awareness

Tight hipped/Stiff

Explosive off the snap

Tweener

Summary: Reggie decided on taking a pass rusher right at the end of the draft, instead of addressing that need earlier.  I like Bass but I thought there were better prospects that could be had, earlier, over some of the other players. Bass has ability to play OLB and DE so he could be used as a joker-type rusher the same as DE Andre Carter was last year in Tarver’s multiple front defense. Bass is a good practice squad nominee.

 

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