Originally published SBReport.net on April 27, 2013
The Raiders selected their second tight end of the sixth round when they took Mychal Rivera out of the University of Tennessee. They drafted Nick Kasa out of the University of Colorado earlier.
After being utilized on a limited basis, Rivera broke out in 2012 with 36 receptions for 562 yards and five touchdowns.
Unlike Kasa, Rivera is a reliable receiver and the quarterback can count on his hands as it is his strength. He has experience lining up all over the field, whether it's on the line, in the backfield or in the slot.
Rivera's downside lies in his lack of size and blocking ability. At 6-foot-3, 242 pounds, Rivera does not possess the same type of bulk to help block bigger defensive linemen.
Rivera will be a nice compliment to Kasa as they both hold on to different attributes that they can lean on. Rivera can catch the ball while Kasa is a better blocker. It will be interesting to see if Rivera can bulk up to make blocking easier or if Kasa can find his hands.
Should the Raiders training and coaching staff be able to improve the two tight ends in their respective weaknesses, even better.
The selection of both of these tight ends draws a comparison to the Raiders two tight end David Ausberry and Richard Gordon. Ausberry being the better receiver and Gordon being the better blocker.
Originally published on SBReport.net on April 27, 2013
The Raiders continued their sixth round by selecting running back Latavius Murray out of Central Florida University.
Without knowing much about Murray, it appears he protects the ball well after apparently going 407 carries without dropping the ball on the ground.
When watching film of him, he appears to be rather similar to current Raiders fullback Marcel Reece, in the sense that he can be lined up at a variety of positions. He's a bruising back at 6-foot-2, 223 pounds but still holds amazing speed (4.3-4.4 40 range) with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Murray rushed for 1,106 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012, all while adding 27 catches for 231 yards and four touchdown receptions.
It will be interesting to see how Murray is used, but at the moment, it appears he would be a viable option as the goal-line back, something the Raiders lacked greatly last season.
Originally published on SBReport.net on April 27, 2013
The Raiders had a hole at tight end to fill with the departure of Brandon Myers and chose to use their first of four 6th round picks to fill it by taking Nick Kasa out of the University of Colorado.
Kasa looks the part of a tight end with his 6-foot-6, 269-pound frame and is a powerful run blocker, possibly due to his time as a defensive lineman. Kasa was largely a defensive end and defensive tackle but switched to tight end late his junior year.
There's no doubt that his strength is as a blocker and he will need to develop his pass catching availability. Kasa possesses surprising speed for a man of his size, so if he becomes a better catcher he has the potential to be a solid tight end.
Though he only caught 20 receptions his senior year for 340 yards and three touchdowns, he has potential to become much better if he can sharpen his route-running and pass-catching abilities.
When looking back at former Raiders tight end Brandon Myers' scouting report, he lacked the straight-line speed but had the hands. It appears Kasa has the opposite, as he has the straight-line speed but appears to fight the ball when trying to haul it in for the reception. But as they say, "you can't teach speed."
This is another draft pick based on the potential that he can develop his skills with the right coaching.
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Originally published on SBReport.net on April 27, 2013
After seeing two quarterbacks taken in front of them twice in the fourth around alone, Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders selected quarterback Tyler Wilson out of the University of Arkansas.
Wilson is a strong armed quarterback but will need to quicken his release in the NFL. It is said that he is a great leader in the huddle and locker room. He stands in the pocket well with his 6-foot-two frame and is not afraid to take a hit.
Wilson struggled last year in his senior season as the whole program did. To get a better idea of his potential you have to look at his junior season when he led the Arkansas Razorbacks to 11 wins. That year, he earned All-SEC accolades after passing for 3,638 yards, 24 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
Wilson's downfall last season can partially be attributed to the loss of three solid wide receivers and the firing of head coach Bobby Petrino. During his senior year, he thew for 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions with 3,387 yards.
Wilson does a solid job breaking down defenses and leading his receivers, which is always something coaches hope to see in a quarterback in the pros.
It will be interesting to see how much the coaching staff can help Wilson fine tune his mechanics and when he will be ready to take over the reins in Oakland. As if the quarterback situation in Oakland wasn't interesting enough, they quite possibly could have made it even more interesting.
This is a good pick by Reggie with him seemingly wanting to pick up a quarterback in this year's draft. Some analysts believe that Wilson is the most underrated quarterback in this year's draft based on his potential.
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Originally published on SBReport.net on April 26, 2013
The Raiders still have not chosen a defensive lineman in this years draft, but they havecontinued to help fill voids in other parts of their roster.
With their third-round pick, Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown announced that the Raiders selected outside linebacker Sio Moore out of the University of Connecticut.
Moore is a solid pick that helps build depth on a rebuild linebacker corps for the Raiders.
Like the Raiders' pick before him, Melenik Watson, Moore was not born in the United States as he was born in Liberia. Moore earned the starting job just four games into his redshirt freshman year, playing in every game and knotching 110 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks.
In his junior year, the 6-foot-1, 245-pound linebacker tallied 86 tackles, 6.5 sacks and six pass breakups. He was able to increase his sack numbers his senior year, rising it to 7.5 sacks and adding 72 tackles and 11 pass breakups en route to being named to the All-Big East First Team.
Moore is a solid coverage linebacker that can turn and run with his assignment. On top of that, he also is disciplined and maintains his gaps. Though he isn't the biggest of linebackers, his strength makes him play much bigger than he is.
The Raiders found another solid selection while picking Sio Moore, though I find it surprising they haven't taken a defensive lineman yet. Though Moore does have capabilities to rush the passer, and has proven it while in college.
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Originally published on SBReport.net on April 26, 2013
The Raiders held on to their second-round selection on Friday and used it to take offensive tackle Menelik Watson, out of the Florida State University.
Watson once again fills a need as the Raiders offensive line struggle and Watson can be used on the right side while they have incumbent starter Jared Veldheer on the left side.
Watson possesses amazing athleticism that allows him to get by with technique that still needs some work. His rusty technique comes as a result of being a newcomer to football after leaving basketball.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound tackle has a great, powerful first punch and has great speed that allows him to get to the next level and produce blocks in the secondary.
Many of his negatives stem from his poor technique, which Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano will need to work on with him. He tends to have poor footwork at times and finds himself in trouble as a result, but all of this is correctable with the right coaching and with enough work.
Watson started every game last season as a right tackle but is projected to be able to play both sides. Don't be surprised if the Raiders even utilize his athleticism by putting him on the inside at guard.
The Raiders found themselves another solid draft pick in the second round and used the gained pick from Thursday's trade well.
Originally published on SBReport.net on April 25, 2013
Now that Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie found himself a trade partner and was able to obtain a second-round pick, it's time to look at some potential second-round selections for Friday's session.
The selection of D.J. Hayden helps fill one void on the team, but many others still remain present. One of the biggest holes still lies on the defensive line, which seems like the most obvious route for the Raiders to take on day two.
With the Raiders sitting with the tenth selection of the second round tomorrow, there is still a good selection of defensive linemen available for the Raiders, both at defensive end and defensive tackle.
Demontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Moore dropped out of the first round after being an early top-10 selection to some analysts. Moore has played both as a hand on the ground defensive end and as a standing-up hybrid linebacker. He uses his motor and strength to get to the quarterback as he doesn't quite have the quickness to get around the blocker at a consistent basis. That being said, Moore is still one of the better defensive players available and could be a valuable pass rusher that the Raiders desire.
Jesse Williams, DT, University of Alabama
Williams has played both as a 5-technique defensive end and then as a nose tackle inside. He has a very good motor and finishes every play if he can. The Australian isn't the best pass rusher but has enough quickness to chase down a ball carrier trying to reach the outside. If Williams falls to the Raiders, he would be a solid choice for the defensive line.
Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State University
Like Williams, Hankins has experience both at the defensive end position and the defensive tackle position. He also fits Reggie's mold as he is always talked up by coaches regarding his football character. He will not be the biggest factor as a pass rusher but does have the ability to fold the pocket. He uses his 6-foot-three frame to locate the ball carrier and track them down. Hankins possesses the type of versatility that it appears the Raiders are searching for, and this would be a very good selection for McKenzie.
Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, DE, Florida State University
Carradine is an interesting draft prospect because of his torn ACL that has limited his work heading into the draft. Carradine is strong and uses great leverage against blockers and uses his strong hands to shed blockers. If the Raiders are looking for a pass rusher, this certainly would not be a bad decision.
Meanwhile, the Raiders can also decide to take a different route by selecting another need, such as on the offensive line.
Larry Warford, G, University of Kentucky
Warford is a solid offensive guard that would be an upgrade. The big guard uses quick feet to keep the opposing pass rusher in front of him. Meanwhile, he flashes quickness that enables him to get out front and block in front of the rusher.
Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State University
Watson doesn't have the best technique but gets by because of his amazing athleticism and quickness. There's no doubt that coaches and Raiders fans would enjoy an upgrade at the right tackle position after the struggles of Khalif Barnes last season. Watson is one of the best offensive tackle options still available after a heavy offensive line first round.
Though the Raiders signed a plethora of linebackers in the offseason, they may choose to spend their second-round pick on one of the better linebackers available.
Kevin Minter, ILB, University of Alabama
I know it may be a little early for Raiders fans to comprehend selecting another inside linebacker from the Crimson Tide, but Minter is one of the better linebackers left. Though he only has one season as a starter with Alabama, he made the most of it as they won the National Championship, while recording 130 tackles and a team-high 15 for a loss in his 13 games started.
Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame University
We all know the story about Te'o and his (lack of) girlfriend, but he's still there in the first round which comes to a bit of a surprise. Te'o may not be the quickest linebacker and may struggle getting to the outside, but he does provide leadership and is a solid tackler over the middle. Though I believe Reggie would pass on this, but he could be solid trade bait if he is still around that late in the second round.
The Raiders could also choose to use the pick on a safety or a skill position, if they believe it's the best move.
Eddie Lacy, RB, University of Alabama
The Raiders could always look for a backup running back for oft-injured Darren McFadden. The Raiders would find the bruising back they've been missing with a selection of Lacy, though I believe the Raiders address bigger needs with their second round pick.
With Flynn currently on a one-year tryout with the Raiders and uncertainty still with Terrelle Pryor, the Raiders could certainly decide to take a quarterback in the second round. The two best quarterbacks in the second will be USC's Matt Barkley and Syracuse's Ryan Nassib.
With such glaring holes on the defensive line, it would be wise to believe that McKenzie and the front office will address that void next, especially with solid prospects most likely still available by their selection.
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Originally published on SBReport.net on April 25, 2013
The Raiders traded back nine spots with the Miami Dolphins, obtained a second-round draft pickand still got their man: D.J. Hayden.
Rumors surfaced Thursday morning that Reggie McKenzie wanted the cornerback out of the University of Houston, but picking him at number three seemed like a stretch. Instead, the Raiders general manager accumulated a valuable pick for tomorrow's round while still getting the man he desired.
Hayden entered the draft being regarded as the best corner in the league my NFL Network's Mike Mayock.
The 5-foot-11, 191-pound corner possess stellar footwork and quickness that allows him to be a man corner capabilities both in the slot or on the outside. He shows great instinct and ability to jump routes and create turnovers.
Hayden played in a shortened season last year because of a freak accident that tore a large vein of his, forcing him to only play nine games.
In the nine games played, Hayden tallied eight pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and four interceptions, to go along with two touchdowns.
The year before, Hayden had a breakout year with 11 passes defensed, two interceptions and five forced fumbles, earning himself Conference USA's Defensive Newcomer of the Year honors.
Hayden fits what seems to be Reggie's mold. He is a tough player that won't give up on a play until it's over. His toughness gives him an edge when going up and fighting for the ball against receivers.
The Raiders previously drafted University of Houston's Stanford Routt in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
Originally published on SBReport.net on April 25, 2013
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6:34 p.m. EST
The Raiders have just selected the final pick of their 2013 NFL Draft, and with the 233 overall selection, the Raiders select
With that, I'm out of here. Time to get some lunch/dinner and get to sleep before my 5:00 a.m. flight.
5:36 p.m. EST
The Raiders have just made second to last pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, barring any trades. With the 209th overall pick, the Raiders select WR out of San Diego State, Brice Butler. Still one more pick at #233
5:30 p.m. EST
The Raiders just selected their first defensive lineman of the draft, DT Stacy McGee out of Oklahoma University
5:02 p.m. EST
Man, it got crazy in here with the Raiders. After a trade with the Bucs, they have selected two tight ends and a running back. Meet Latavius Murray (RB), Mychal Rivera (TE), and Nick Kasa (TE). Raiders are back on the clock with the compensatory pick at 37th of this round.
3:46 p.m. EST
Raiders are back on the clock. Finally time for that defensive line selection? Maybe a safety? Wide receiver?
3:40 p.m. EST
Here you go guys, after 1 hour and 44 minutes, the fifth round is finally over and the Raiders have four draft picks in this 6th round. Three in the first 13.
3:07 p.m. EST
Been a slow fifth round with no draft picks for the Raiders. Just nine more picks in the fifth round and then off to the sixth round, where the Raiders have four picks. Should be pretty rapid fire.
2:02 p.m. EST
Was also interested to see where Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson would end up. Robinson has since switched to the wide receiver position and was just selected to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It will be interesting to see how he is utilized by the Jaguars, he is explosive and can be valuable if used correctly.
Raiders don't have a fifth round draft pick as a result of the trade to the Seahawks for linebacker Aaron Curry, who is no longer on the roster.
1:47 p.m. EST
And there's another one of my questions answered: South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore heads across the bay to the San Francisco 49er's. It's a good position for him as it will allow him to slowly get back into football with Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter there.
1:27 p.m. EST
Really like RB Jonathan Franklin out of UCLA. I find it interesting that Green Bay doubled up after taking Eddie Lacy yesterday. They went from having no running backs last year to having two solid picks this year.
1:10 p.m. EST
The Raiders finally made their selection in the fourth round and selected quarterback Tyler Wilson out of the University of Arkansas. For a quick breakdown, read my piece here.
12:37 p.m. EST
Another local selection off the board as the Tennessee Titans select Cal's center Brian Schwenke. The Titans have struggled with their inside offensive line and hope that Schwenke can turn into a longterm option on the inside.
12:24 p.m. EST
The Raiders missed out on another pass rusher as a result of their trade, as pass rusher Alex Okafor was selected by the Arizona Cardinals. Interestingly enough though, DT Jesse Williams is still available. I've heard teams are mixed on their opinions of his injury.
12:16 p.m. EST
The Raiders chose not to utilize their 3rd pick in the fourth round and have instead traded it to the Buccaneers and gained an additional 6th round pick. The Raiders now hold onto four 6th round picks.
12:07 p.m. EST
It took awhile to make things interesting in the fourth round. Philadelphia Eagles traded their 7th round pick, 210 overall, to move up and select USC's Matt Barkley. I know some Raiders fans were hoping the Raiders would select him. Nassib time maybe for the Raiders? Or do they go defensive line which is much needed?
12:03 p.m. EST
And we are off. The fourth round is now open. The Raiders hold the third pick in the fourth round.
Pick are going to go by quickly so I am going to just give interesting points and quick analysis as it comes to, not necessarily for every pick.
10:58 a.m. EST
Back at it again here at Radio City Music Hall and the fourth round begins at approximately noon EST. On the top of my interests list are the following: where do Matt Barkley and the other QB's end up (will Reggie take one for the Raiders?); where does running back Marcus Lattimore end up after his brutal dislocated knee last year; and when will the Raiders take a defensive lineman, will it be this next round?
We will find out answers to those questions and many more in the next 5 hours or so.
9:35 p.m. EST
There goes Demontre Moore. He was once regarded as a first round pick, but fell all the way to 81st overall to the New York Giants after performing poorly at the scouting combine.
If he was really just struggling because of a hurt shoulder, that is tremendous value for the Giants who always seem to find a way to just reload that strong defensive line.
9:27 p.m. EST
Ouch, that one will hurt for Raider Fans. Local, Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen was just selected by the San Diego Chargers. I like the kid and think he will be a valuable receiver at the next level.
9:24 p.m. EST
Pretty awesome seeing Steve Gleason up on stage to announce the Saints 3rd round pick.
9:12 p.m. EST
I guess we have our answer on who would take a chance on the Honey Badger. Tyrann Mathieu is now heading to the Arizona Cardinals. He is a solid talent, a little small for a CB but can create turnovers. He will need to find a way to keep away from the off-field issues.
And now we have another quarterback off the table, but it's not Matt Barkley. Mike Glennon is heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It had been said that the new regime in Tampa wasn't completely behind Josh Freeman, and now it appears they have a backup plan should they give up on him.
9:08 p.m. EST
Well, the Raiders selected Moore! But a different Moore, Sio Moore. He's a solid linebacker that I figured would go higher than he did. He can help with pass rush but is also very capable in coverage. For a full breakdown, check out my piece from a little bit ago.
8:41 p.m. EST
Well, the Raiders are now on the clock. Which direction might they go? Defensive line with DT Jesse Williams or DE Demontre Moore? Quarterback with Matt Barkley or other? Wide receiver from local Cal with Keenan Allen? Only time will tell.
8:34 p.m. EST
As it always happens, there he goes. Eddie Lacy heads to Green Bay to fill a hole that the Packers have had for awhile. This is a great value pick for the Packers as they get a solid downhill runner. The knock on Lacy is he doesn't always hit the right hole and his conditioning become suspect at times, other than that I see it as a great pick by the Packers.
8:29 p.m. EST
This draft has been more surprising than previous years. Two surprising observations to me: there have only been two quarterbacks taken thus far, and we are on the 62nd overall pick. I don't know the numbers, but that surely has to be a record. The second observation is how for Alabama running back Eddie Lacy has fallen. He is the last one back in the green room, and is still waiting to hear his name be called and, like I said, we are almost through the first two rounds.
8:07 p.m. EST
Alright, to catch up after writing my piece on new Raiders offensive tackle Menelik Watson.
Some thing have interested me since I last updated:
Great pickup of tight end Gavin Escobar out of San Diego State by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys. This will give Tony Romo another target, and I've liked him as a prospect.
I always liked Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell while he was in college. He will be the big bruising back that the Pittsburgh Steelers have been looking for since the departure of Jerome Bettis.
Chicago Bears found someone to play inside linebacker after the departure of Brian Urlacher as they selected inside linebacker Jon Bostic out of the University of Florida.
Speaking of teams needing a middle linebacker, the Baltimore Ravens selected inside linebacker Arthur Brown, who many had rated as a very solid prospect. With the departure of Ray Lewis, and Rolando McClain seemingly not being able to stay out of trouble, this is a great value pick.
7:53 p.m. EST
Alright, now for some updates:
Raiders selected offensive tackle Menelik Watson, out of Florida State University. I thought this might happen, as I predicted it in my piece last night.
Watson is an athletic specimen but lacks great technique, but offensive line coach Tony Sparano will work on that with him. To see more about him, read here on my other piece.
7:26 p.m. EST
The San Francisco 49er's selected defensive tackle Tank Carradine. I had thought that the Raiders would want to select Carradine if he fell to them, but he didn't make it far enough for them to select.
Raiders decided to shore up their offensive line with offensive tackle Menelik Watson. Watson is a big, athletic tackle that will play on the right side while Jared Veldheer is on the left. Watson is a strong prospect.
7:08 p.m. EST
There you have it. Geno Smith is now off the board, to the hometown NY Jets. Many had expected he would go to the Jets in the first round, but they still get him in the second.
Looks like Mark Sanchez's time in New York is numbered. This place exploded with the announcement. Glad to see he stuck around to hear his name called, as it was reported he was thinking of leaving.
San Diego traded up to apparently get the guy they want, and that pick turned out to be controversial linebacker Manti Te'o. I completely expect to see some creative signs coming up at Raiders games next season.
7:00 p.m. EST
Detroit Lions select Darius Slay, defensive back outside of Mississippi State. There's no question the Lions needed help on the defensive side of the ball and many had them associated with first-round pick Dee Milliner. Slay is a solid selection, and one of the last players that was sitting back in the Green Room here at Radio City Music Hall.
The Bengals hold this pick as a result of the Raiders' experiment with Carson Palmer. With the pick, Cincinnati select Giovani Bernard, running back out of North Carolina University. Bernard will give the Bengals the running back they've been looking for. Bernard always seems to find a way to gain yardage, while reducing turnovers as well.
6:53 p.m. EST
Jeremiah Trotter comes out to announce Philly's pick, as the Eagles select Zach Ertz, tight end out of Stanford University.
Ertz is the second best tight end this year and I thought the 49er's would want to go after him after the loss of Delanie Walker, but they decided to trade down and lose the opportunity, or maybe it was never their idea.
Ertz gives new head coach Chip Kelly another weapon to play with and another target for Mike Vick, or whoever will be their quarterback. Ironically, it was Ertz who destroyed the Ducks' defense last year that knocked Kelly's college team out of championship possibilities.
Cincinnati has made their choice, the Lions are on the clock. This round is going much quicker than yesterday.
There's no question today is going to go much faster, so bear with the updates as they may become a little delayed, or just combined together instead of each pick.
Niners get the Jaguars third round pick in 2014 and seventh round pick this year and move down six spots. Another great move for Harbaugh and the Niners.
The Titans' selection has been announced by LB Keith Bullock and it is Justin Hunter, the wide receiver out of the University of Tennessee. The Titans needed to get Jake Locker more targets and Hunter fits the mold. He gives locker a big target on the outside.
Eagles are now on the clock.
6:35 p.m. EST
With the 33rd overall pick, the Jaguars selected Johathan Cyprien, which was announced 19-year veteran Mark Brunell.
Cyprien is a hard hitting safety and likely the best safety that was left on the board. Many Raiders fans were hoping he would fall, but it's not surprising he didn't.
This no doubt reassures the idea that the Jaguars are content with starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert for the time being.
The Niners have traded their pick, and now the Titans are on the clock.
6:31 p.m. EST
Jaguars are now on the clock, once again, they're 7:00 minute rounds.
5:40 p.m. EST
Back here at Radio City Music Hall and the draft is set to begin in a little under an hour, at about 6:30 p.m. EST. Fans have already entered the building with their wide variety of jerseys.
Going to be interesting which direction the Raiders go today, especially with their second round. I definitely believe that Reggie wouldn't mind making another trade and obtaining more ammo in the process.
Also interested to see where quarterback Geno Smith ends up after falling out of the first round today. I'm even interested to see if he's still here after reports surfaced he said he would be leaving NYC for the second round.
Jags are on the clock first, and each pick is 7:00 minutes for the second round.
11:42 p.m. EST
The St. Louis Rams chose to use the 30th pick on outside linebacker Alec Ogletree. The kid is a physical specimen and can play, they will just need to make sure he stays out of off-field issues. If he can stay out of trouble, this is a great value, but that's always a big if.
The Dallas Cowboys got this pick from the trade with the San Francisco 49er's. Jerry Jones, who may have liked the trade because they're strapped against the salary cap, picked center Travis Frederick out of the University of Wisconsins. The Cowboys needed some help at the offensive line, and the University of Wisconsin is known for putting out big offensive lines.
The Ravens have apparently found another safety for their rebuilding defense by taking safety Matt Elam, out of the University of Florida.
Time to get some delicious NY style pizza or something and get some sleep before tomorrow. Tomorrow is rounds two and three and starts at 6:30 p.m. EST
11:23 p.m. EST
Looks like still no Manti, which looks like it won't happen today. Vikings instead chose to replace the loss of Percy Harvin with wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson out of the University of Tennessee.
Patterson is a raw prospect but has shown great upside while with the Volunteers. He has shown the ability to separate himself on vertical routes, but Raider fans can likely feel for this one, as he tends to catch the ball with his body instead of his hands.
He has the build of what you look for in a wide receiver, but could still use some work on his technique.
Former Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi, and one who helped victims of Boston Marathon, helped by reading off the Vikings pick and giving a speech decorating emergency responders.
The Rams are now on the clock.
11:15 p.m. EST
Broncos chose to help their defense by selecting Sylvester Williams, defensive tackle out of the University of North Carolina.
Makes sense to get their best defensive player on the board as they look to have an explosive offense with Peyton Manning and his weapons, which now includes Wes Welker. Even if he isn't instantly a starter, adding depth is a solid choice.
New England has done what they always do, and traded their pick. Vikings are now on the clock. Are they selecting Notre Dame linebacker Manti T'eo?
11:09 p.m. EST
Houston Texans select DeAndre Hopkins wide receiver out of Clemson University. Hopkins possesses solid size and speed and will give the Texans another weapon on the outside besides Andre Johnson.
The Denver Broncos are now on the clock.
11:02 p.m. EST
Green Bay Packers select Datone Jones, defensive end out of UCLA. Jones is a solid defensive end that can line up either with a hand on the ground or standing up. He will help the Packers apply pressure on the quarterback while being opposite of Clay Matthews.
Houston Texans are on the clock now.
10:52 p.m. EST
Remember way back when, when Bjoern Werner was one of the first players to be associated with the Raiders draft pick? He fell all the way down to the colts with the number 24 pick, which is a solid decision.
The colts get a solid pass rusher that is great at defending the rush as well. The Colts got great value with this pick.
The Vikings used their pick from the Percy Harvin trade on Xavier Rhodes, defensive back out of FSU. A solid pick, after taking Sharrif Floyd at defensive tackle to apply pressure on the quarterback. Corners are going quick after the Raiders selected D.J. Hayden.
Green Bay Packers are now on the clock.
10:40 p.m. EST
The Bengals picked up another great target for quarterback Andy Dalton. Tyler Eifert was considered the best tight end in the draft by far and will take some pressure off of A.J. Green next season and make that Bengals offense even more explosive.
Meanwhile, the Falcons traded up to select cornerback Desmond Trufant. Falcons needed to help their secondary after losing Dunta Robinson. Really, with the offense that the Falcons have, they just need to help make the defense stronger.
Members of the U.S. Armed Forces joined Roger Goodell before the Vikings pick with a loud eruption of cheers and chants of "U.S.A." Great to see it.
Viking eventually selected defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, the one that everyone thought the Raiders would select. They get a solid pass-rushing defensive tackle. If you want to see my piece on him, click here.
Colts are now on the clock.
Colts are now on the clock.
10:28 p.m. EST
I thought Chicago would go with Manti T'eo here, but I don't blame them for wanting to protect Jay Cutler. Cutler has had a rough time staying off of the dirt while he's been in Chi Town, and it's about time they fix it with Kyle Long, guard out of the University of Oregon.
The Cincinnati Bengals are now on the clock.
10:19 p.m. EST
Alright, time for some updates. Was busy writing up piece about D.J. Hayden.
The Buffalo Bills shocked me by taking quarterback E.J. Emanual 16th overall. It's not surprising that they took a QB, but I had figured they'd take Ryan Nassib, as it had been reported.
No question the Bills needed a quarterback though after they let go of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Steelers found themselves a new pass rusher in Jarvis Jones. Jones is a solid pickup and will be used all over the place with their great defensive scheme. He only dropped so far because of his spinal stenosis.
Everyone expected the Niners to use some draft picks to trade, and that they did. They moved up 13 spots to Dallas' 18th overall to select LSU's safety Eric Reid. I had previously thought Vaccaro might drop down to them, but they got a solid safety in Reid that they needed with the departure of Dashon Goldson. Jim Harbaugh most likely didn't want to miss out on his two top safeties so felt the need to move up and take his guy in Reid.
The New York Giants went with Justin Pugh, offensive tackle out of Syracuse. This only surprises me because the Giants seem to always go defense in the first round. It will be interesting to see how he pans out since he seems to be a smaller NFL tackle, including smaller arms, which can go either way. I know Raiders fans will instantly think of Robert Gallery.
Chicago is on the clock.
9:59 p.m. EST
Once again, another defensive player off the board to a team with dire need on the defensive side. The Saints select Kenny Vaccaro, safety out of University of Texas.
Vaccaro spoke highly of the San Francisco 49ers before tonight, but it looks like he is heading to New Orleans to help shore up that defense. Vaccaro is a nice physical presence in that secondary now.
Buffalo has now selected with St. Louis' pick, and the Bills are now on the clock.
9:46 p.m. EST
Looks like the Jets are comfortable with their quarterback position, at this point at least. Jets have just taken Sheldon Richardson, a solid athletic defensive tackle that will help rebuild a defense that has lost a lot of players this season.
Panthers have also picked, taking Star Lotulelei. Lotulelei is a sold run stuffer going to a team that needs defensive help badly. Now the Saints are on the clock.
9:37 p.m. EST
Reggie may have looked to see if he could have traded this pick, but it looks like if that was the case, he was unable to.
Looks like CB D.J. Hayden out of the University of Houston. Hayden's draft stock has climbed during the past weeks and he definitely fills a need where they have Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins on one year deals.
With rumors of Raiders being interested in Hayden surfacing this morning, it appears Reggie may have gotten his guy while still accumulating a second-round pick.
NY Jets are back on the clock.
9:30 p.m. EST
The Chargers select D.J. Fluker, yet another offensive guard and offensive lineman off the board. They needed help bad protecting the quarterback. Much of their problem the last couple of years has been poor offensive line play.
The Raiders are on the clock, and Jerry Davis has been on the phone for awhile. Might another trade come? Might Reggie take Star or Floyd? Time will tell.
9:26 p.m. EST
There you have it, the Titans shore up their offensive line with the selection of Chance Warmack, offensive guard out of the University of Alabama.
Tennessee needed to find a way to help protect Jake Locker after he injured himself after a tough hit last season.
Warmack marks the fifth offensive lineman taken in the first ten rounds.
The San Diego Chargers are now on the clock.
9:18 p.m. EST
And the NY Jets decides to take CB Dee Milliner to replace Revis.
Milliner is a solid shutdown corner but has recently drawn criticism as a result of his five surgeries this offseason. He has been widely regarded as the top corner in the draft since the beginning. There's no question the Jets filled a hole with this selection, now it just remains to be seen if he will be healthy enough for training camp like his doc says.
Now on the clock is the Tennessee Titans. Do they build that offensive line with Chance Warmack?
9:07 p.m. EST
Rams get their weapon for Sam Bradford. That doesn't as much of a surprise to me. They've been seeking that weapon, and boy is he one. Jon Gruden said that he was the best prospect in the draft.
He's a speedy slot guy that is capable of hitting a home run at any time. He will be a top wide receiver in the NFL in my opinion.
Lets just say that the Bills got a lot of picks for St. Louis trading up: Bills No. 8 & No. 71 for St. Louis 16, 46, 78 and 222.
Hometown NY Jets are on the clock. Could they replace Revis with Dee Milliner?
9:03 p.m. EST
Another offensive lineman off as Jonathen Cooper is the first guard off and heads to the Arizona Cardinals to help protect new quarterback Carson Palmer. Funny thing is we asked him about protecting Palmer at the red carpet and he laughed and said he will see where he goes.
Announcer just announced Buffalo has traded to St. Louis. This shouldn't be any surprise as reports surfaced all over that Buffalo wanted to trade back, but then again, who hasn't wanted to in this year's draft? Could it be St. Louis gets Bradford a weapon with Tayvon Austin?
8:55 p.m. EST
Cleveland Browns have selected Barkevious Mingo with the sixth overall selection. Another pass rusher off of the board. He's a freak athlete from LSU and can get to the passer in a hurry. Browns have been looking to shore up that defense.
I kind of thought they might have gone with CB Dee Milliner here, but then again I'm not GM.
8:50 p.m. EST
Barry Sanders, Lions RB and Madden Cover this year, joins Goodell on the stage for Lions pick. Lions select Ezekial Ansah. Great pass rusher but not much experience in football after joining BYU. It's a risk, reward pick, but it's never a bad thing to be compared to Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
Browns are now on the clock.
8:42 p.m. EST
Philadelphia Eagles have selected Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson. Chip Kelly and that offense will need a solid tackle to protect Mike Vick, who took a beating last season. Only concern here is that Johnson only has one season as a left tackle with the Sooners, the other three as a right tackle. Though he did play well as a left tackle last season. Detroit Lions are now on the clock.
8:38 p.m. EST
Announcer just reported that Raiders now pick 12th overall and 42nd overall as result of the trade. Seems like Reggie should have gotten more, but I understand if he thinks he can get his guy later in the round and is still able to pick up a second round pick. I'm sure we will hear his logic soon.
8:35 p.m. EST
Miami Dolphins find their pass rusher with Dion Jordan. Solid, quick pass rusher that can get to the quarterback. The crowd hows now erupted in a "Lets go Dolphins" after there was an eruption of "Lets go Oakland" when the Raider Nation present heard of the trade.
8:32 p.m. EST
There you have it. Reggie found his trade partner, Miami is now on the clock. Stay tuned to hear what they obtained in the trade.
8:25 p.m. EST
Goodell has announced the Jaguars have selected Luke Joekel. Chalk that one up as a loss for me. They need someone to protect their QB, which is apparently Blaine Gabbert for the time being. Two offensive lineman gone, could there be a third? By the Raiders or someone else? Mr. Davis is still on the phone, has 6:39 left on the clock.
8:23 p.m. EST
Well, Jacksonville has made their pick and Jerry Davis is now on the phone with someone. The draft executives are behind him waiting for the pick.
8:20 p.m. EST
I've been interested to see which way the Jags go with this one. I know now the popular pick will be Joekel, but part of me thinks the new ownership may want to pick their own QB. Maybe Geno? I guess time will tell. They just showed Joekel on the big screen and the crowed roared.
8:16 p.m. EST
With the first draft pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs have selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan.
Guess Brandon Albert is probably on his way to the Miami Dolphins. The report leaked out earlier this morning, but many still believed that it would be Luke Joekel.
Fisher put on a good poker face at the red carpet event when asked about the Chiefs. Still two offensive tackles available.
8:07 p.m. EST
While we wait for the Chiefs pick, figured I'd share a funny story about Joe Namath when he was on red carpet earlier. The host asked him about one of best lessons he was taught and it was to say "no", eventually it turned to him telling the female host he probably hasn't had to say "no" as much as her. Take it for what it's worth.
8:05 p.m. EST
And we are live... Looks like the Chiefs are about to be on the clock after a warm "welcome" to Commissioner Roger Goodell. By welcome, I mean boos in case you couldn't catch on to my implication. Should be noted that Goodell stated we stand strong for Boston, and we stand strong for our freedom." Crowd responds with chants of "U-S-A."
Remember, each pick in the first round is 10:00 minutes.
7:48 p.m. EST
Sitting at the Raiders table is Mr. Davis' brother, Jerry Davis, who will once again be writing down the picks for the Silver & Black.
7:22 p.m. EST
Alright, lets do some updated. I just got back from the NFL Draft Red Carpet event. Players wore their Sunday best as they dressed to impress both the media and the fans that lined the carpet.
Some more notable quotes from those spoken to, regarding the Raiders:
Geno Smith when asked about the speculation to the Raiders: "We'll see."
Offensive Tackle Lane Johnson who had a gray suit along with a silver & black handkerchief: ""Ah, yea it does match. But I don't know. It has some blue too, so Lions?"
Defensive tackle out of University of Florida Sharrif Floyd has largely been associated with the Oakland Raiders. When asked about what it would be like to go to Oakland, stated "It's a great situation." He also went on to state that he just wants to find out where he goes.
In a humorous exchange with offensive tackle Melenik Watson, out of Florida State University, stated that silver was his favorite color, in regards to his silver & black suit. He even stated "I wish I had a silver tooth" in regards to his gold tooth he has.
Should also note that offensive tackle Eric Fisher and Luke Joekel both denied knowing anything about who the Chiefs were taking. Fisher noted that he hasn't talked to Kansas City since his work out "about a month ago." Just keep in mind that there's a lot of poker faces around.
The draft is beginning to pick up, so keep tuned with more as it happens right here on Silver & Black Report
3:48 p.m. EST
Fans have already begun to line up to get inside Radio City Music Hall to see their teams' next draft selection.
Originally published on SBReport.net on April 24, 2013
After having already decided that the Raiders have a hole at the defensive tackle position when talking about Sharrif Floyd, we of course have to talk about University of Utah's Star Lotulelei.
Lotulelei was the early projected top prospect entering this years draft until a medical exam at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine put a scare into scouts. The medical staff found that the big defensive tackle's left ventricle of his heart was operating at 44-percent, whereas the normal range is between 55 percent and 70 percent, according to NFL.com.
The medical findings decided that Lotulelei could not participate in the combine, causing his stock to fall dramatically.
The 6-foot-two, 311-pound defensive lineman is one of the best, if not the best, run stuffers in this years draft class. He uses his quick feet and big build to push opposing offensive lineman back into the backfield.
Last year as a senior at Utah, Lotulelei racked up 42 tackles, 11 for a loss and five sacks. The year prior, the junior totalled 44 tackles, 9.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks, earning him the Pac-12's Morris Trophy, given to the conference's best defensive lineman.
His size and speed give him enough versatility to play as a 3-4 defensive tackle or as either inside position in a 4-3.
The main difference between Floyd and Lotulelei is there strongest ability. If the Raiders desire a Warren Sapp-like defensive tackle that can apply pressure in the backfield, than Floyd is there guy. If the Raiders desire a defensive tackle that's strong point is stopping the run, something they haven't done for years, than they should strongly consider Lotulelei.
Granted, I'm sure the Raiders would like to trade down and still take Lotulelei as he will most likely fall past the top-five if the Raiders do not select him.