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Draft review: Oakland Raiders

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After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The Oakland Raiders. 

What they needed: Defensive line, quarterback, offensive line, cornerback, tight end, wide receiver.

Who they got:
Round 1: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston.
Round 2: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State.
Round 3: Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut.
Round 4: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas.
Round 6: Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado.
Round 6: Latavius Murray, RB, UCF.
Round 6: Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee.
Round 6: Stacy McGee, DT, Oklahoma.
Round 7: Brice Butler, WR, San Diego State.
Round 7: David Bass, DE, Missouri Western.

Where they hit: Hayden, who survived a freakish life-threatening internal injury suffered in November, could be the Raiders’ top cornerback in short order. With the second-rounder acquired from Miami, the Raiders added Watson, a tackle prospect with upside. Moore is a good scheme fit, and Wilson could prove a very good value if he plays to his best collegiate form.

Where they missed: The Raiders didn’t draft a defensive lineman until Round Six. There’s playing time to be had for ends Bass and Jack Crawford (2012 fifth-rounder) and tackles McGee and Christo Bilukidi (2012 sixth-rounder) behind the Raiders’ veteran starters, but Oakland could use a little more help at both line positions. In McKenzie’s defense, the Raiders have numerous needs, and on first analysis, he did quite well to add talent and depth in this draft.

Impact rookies: Given the state of the Raiders’ roster, all 10 drafted rookies have a chance to make the team, and several could earn game-day snaps of consequence in Year One, so we’re going to cast a slightly wider net than usual here.

Hayden has the best shot to start. He should compete with Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins right off the bat. Moore is also a player to watch; the Raiders have revamped their LB corps this offseason but don’t have any standouts. A talented fresh face has a chance to make an impact early at this position. Watson’s best opportunity to start in 2013 is at right tackle, but that’s no sure thing, given his lack of experience.

Rivera is a potential sleeper, given the Raiders’ lack of a clear-cut top target at tight end after the departure of Brandon Myers. And then we come to Wilson. Matt Flynn will get first run at the starting job. Wilson will have to be a quick study to challenge Flynn and Terrelle Pryor. However, it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

Long-term prospects: Give McKenzie credit — this roster has improved at numerous positions compared to where it stood earlier in the spring. In the best-case scenario for the Raiders’ Class of 2013, these three things happen: 1) Hayden is a starter-caliber player from the get-go; 2) Watson and Wilson build on their potential; 3) the Day Three picks other than Wilson provide solid depth, with one or two panning out better than Oakland expected.

Make no mistake: the Raiders have a lot of catching up to do in the AFC West. However, there’s vast opportunity for some young players to seize some key roles. The Raiders have to hope more than a few rise to the occasion.

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  1. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 28, 2013 8:18 PM

    Treating any pick as a “mere” pick is a fools mistake. “Mere 7th round” picks like Tom Brady, Shannon Sharpe, Terrell Davis ect worked out well. I’d even take a undrafted Rod Smith over some of the early talent this year.

  2. briscocountyjr says: Apr 28, 2013 8:19 PM

    Going to be a looooong year…for raider fans!

  3. shutupandfknlisten says: Apr 28, 2013 8:23 PM

    No mention of Sio Moore? Todd McShay raved about him when the Raiders made the pick. Judging by his first interview, the guy is a natural born leader and an extremely confident one in that. It looks like Reggie wants to use him as an edge rusher, ala Kameron Wimbley.

    Quietly, the Raiders had a very solid draft.

    Message to PFT: Do your research before you put out a lazy attempt at a “draft review.”

  4. tdubdizzle says: Apr 28, 2013 8:25 PM

    Reggie Mckenzie is the real deal.

  5. raidersnewsflash says: Apr 28, 2013 8:41 PM

    Tyler Wilson was the best QB in this years draft. Wilson will be better than all the QBS drafted last year as well. Raiders found their Tom Brady.
    PFT really has no clue about these players obviously. Nick Kasa will start this year and will be one of the best TE in the NFL

  6. thraiderskin says: Apr 28, 2013 8:54 PM

    I really liked the first pick, both D-line and secondary were the biggest issues we had, so to me it was a wash on what we did with the first. We got a guy to help with the secondary, so that works for me. What I did not like was every single pick that followed. To me, all draft long was spent trying to re-coup all the picks we didn’t have and drafting guys with potential, only. The Raiders did not get any better with this draft, except at one position. This draft, as the Raiders are concerned, was a waste of excitement for me; RM does not have my confidence anymore (lucky for him, I’m just one fan who really doesn’t matter).

  7. raiderinva says: Apr 28, 2013 8:54 PM

    As a Raider fan I honestly have to give this draft class a C so far, since no one has actually suited up.

    I thought that Reggie would have been able to get a second or a third round pick for next year, but it is what it is.

    I liked the fourth round trade out when Barkley was selected and thought for sure The Raiders were going to get Nassib. I was disappointed when the Giants jump ahead for Nassib, and Wilson is the consolation prize. (however I am also a huge Syracuse fan…)

    So far this draft is a C, a solid C. That is a marked improvement from the past few years.

  8. nbooat says: Apr 28, 2013 9:10 PM

    Horrible draft, horrible franchise…they should of drafted joetoronto…if he can find time between trolling on Bengal posts…Lovin Palmer trade…lol
    Who Dey!!!!

  9. JMClarkent says: Apr 28, 2013 9:19 PM

    nbooat says:
    Apr 28, 2013 9:10 PM
    Horrible draft, horrible franchise…they should of drafted joetoronto…if he can find time between trolling on Bengal posts…Lovin Palmer trade…lol
    Who Dey!!!!

    That is a great point. If you were only familiar with the name of teams who have won a Superbowl, a mention of the Bengals would prompt a response of “Who Dey?”

  10. spinmovr says: Apr 28, 2013 9:22 PM

    I actually like the Hayden pick. I still think with all of the depth at D line this year we should’ve gone for one of the top guys with that 2nd rounder. It gets tougher to demand “high character” guys the later you get in a draft.

    I like all of our picks on offense too because our position coaching is stronger on that side of the line of scrimmage.

    All that said I was most concerned about our pass rush getting better in the off season. It seems our scheme is going to have to take care of that because our talent is all unproven. I like Bass and Moore (he and Hayden are straight up playmakers, watch his Rutgers highlights) but a consistent pass rush is too important for us this year to wait that long to get new cheap talent.

    I think Bill Walsh said it best: Offense you can coach, but on defense, you need players.

  11. nbooat says: Apr 28, 2013 9:32 PM

    Mike Brown=Montgomery Burns (and is quietly becoming one of the best drafters in the league)

    Mark Davis=Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber
    (continuing the legacy of losing)

  12. thetwilightsown says: Apr 28, 2013 9:38 PM

    Random Bengal attempts at smack being what they are, the draft was as great or as terrible as every other draft.
    We’ve received high grades and low grades over the years, but they’ve all been essentially the same grade. This is basically fodder for a late June post “Grading the 2010 Draft” and the actual, knowable information that will miraculously surface during such an article. Post draft grades are kind of silly… unless you’re grading “fan reaction” then it’s a whole different story.

  13. raiderapologist says: Apr 28, 2013 9:43 PM

    nbooat says: Apr 28, 2013 9:10 PM

    Horrible draft, horrible franchise…they should of drafted joetoronto…if he can find time between trolling on Bengal posts…Lovin Palmer trade…lol
    Who Dey!!!!
    ————-
    Who Dey needs another defensive lineman like they need a trophy case. That Palmer trade hasn’t paid any dividends for you yet, clown. Quit wasting picks and get yourselves a real QB. If it wasn’t for the Browns you would have the worst franchise east of the Rockies.

  14. raideralex99 says: Apr 28, 2013 9:58 PM

    Face it Reggie did not address the defensive line because next year they are taking Clowney with the first pick next year.
    Reggie is in no hurry to fix the Raiders … He is taking it time because he thinks he can built a winner thought the draft. I got news for you Reggie … You are not going to hit on every pick . His picks this year looks like Al help him pick.
    Hey Reggie every one knows 3 things you need for a winning team …. A good coach … Good QB and a good DE. After 2 years you have yet to acquire any of those 3 things in fact you got rid of one of them.

  15. raidernation81601 says: Apr 28, 2013 10:09 PM

    Hey nbooat says, you wanna know whats horrible,the fact that your daddy did’nt use a condom then we could have avoided your lame name, and your lame comments.Sorry for the brutality but all is fair right and besides nothing is more brutal then being a year in and year out loser enjoy your very average team, with your very average coach,and very average quarterback,enjoy getting one and doned in the playoffs if you guys get there.Oh and buy the way tell your mom her smack talk sucks raider nation out.

  16. sloraider says: Apr 28, 2013 10:14 PM

    You have to look at the shear number of defensive linemen the Raiders released and choose not to sign in the draft Versus the number of linebackers they have signed in FA as well as the draft and really begin to think they are switching to a 3-4.

    I can honestly say that their Linebacker core is more talented than the DL for the first time in a long time.

  17. nbooat says: Apr 28, 2013 10:44 PM

    Who Dey needs another defensive lineman like they need a trophy case. That Palmer trade hasn’t paid any dividends for you yet, clown. Quit wasting picks and get yourselves a real QB. If it wasn’t for the Browns you would have the worst franchise east of the Rockies.
    ———————————————————-
    1. The Palmer trade has helped us already. We got rid of a loser, $14 mill cap hit, and 2 playoff appearances.
    2. How many picks, trades, and fiascoes have the Raiders wasted searching for a QB and they are still searching.
    3. Dalton went to the probowl in 2011, holds record with Peyton and Marino as only QB to throw for 20+ tds in first 2 years, and shredded Raiders def.
    4. If we’re the 2nd worst franchise east of the Rockies what about west of the Rockies where we fleeced the Raiders in a trade, stole their coach, beat the Raiders, and made the playoffs the last 3/4 years.
    5. Congrats on the seventies, but now you are a mess, just admit it.

  18. spellingcops says: Apr 28, 2013 10:58 PM

    raidernation81601
    Apr 28, 2013, 8:09 PM MDT
    Hey nbooat says, you wanna know whats horrible,the fact that your daddy did’nt use a condom then we could have avoided your lame name, and your lame comments.Sorry for the brutality but all is fair right and besides nothing is more brutal then being a year in and year out loser enjoy your very average team, with your very average coach,and very average quarterback,enjoy getting one and doned in the playoffs if you guys get there.Oh and buy the way tell your mom her smack talk sucks raider nation out.
    ——————-
    Aaaaaaand this is why everyone hates “raider nation”. An average season would be an improvement for the Raiders smart guy.

  19. mazblast says: Apr 28, 2013 11:15 PM

    The Raiders wins in the Super bowl may be over 25 years in the past, but Bengal fans have nothing to talk about. Literally nothing. Zero SB wins, only two appearances, and zero wins in the playoffs since Bush Sr. was in the White House.

    Win, then talk.

  20. ryanbowman8286 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:21 PM

    The Raiders and Bengals don’t even have a rivalry so who cares? We both have to worry about our own divisions before anything else.

  21. ambitoos says: Apr 28, 2013 11:24 PM

    I would say the Chargers had a much better draft. The aquired players that they needed.

  22. raidernation81601 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:25 PM

    Thank you for pointing that out did you know that Andy Dalton and Carson palmer had really close stats last season except Dalton took a ton more sacks hard to believe right look it up. We traded Carson in cause he sucked, he was worth a pack of gum to get rid of, point is he nor Dalton are good enough to be rallying behind. You will be trading in soon after Marvin loses his job next year.
    So were rebuilding now so what we know it,but when we do get good enough to make the playoffs, were not gonna get bounced the way that your proud traditionally flawed team always seems to. so good luck with that raider nation out.

  23. thraiderskin says: Apr 28, 2013 11:28 PM

    @raidersnewsflash,

    I hope you’re right, but I’m a realist, RM did not address the D-line and even Clowney cannot do it all (though he might). To assume we will even get the chance to draft him is one hell of a thing to say. We would need the worst record in the league (no one that is a fan wishes for this), second, if that was the plan, RM should have set us up to get him next year, like trading down with the purpose of building up assets to trade for that 1st pick, should we even slightly over achieve. Wilson might end up being a steal, but the TE is just like the OT we took in the second, only potential, when this team needs immediate contributers. So I’m glad you have a dream, but the rest of the nation has to live with the “what is,” and that is one good draft pick and a bunch of maybes (probably never will-bes). If you are a Californian, these sort of thought processes (delusions) might be why the majority of your large cities are going to end up filing for bankruptcy, state-wide rolling blackouts, an economy killing massive natural resource budget and perhaps the most incompetent set of political figures a lunatic could ever dream up.

  24. vfan76 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:38 PM

    I’d typically feel sorry for you Raiders fans, but…. you’re Raiders fans. You don’t deserve it. The Raiders will always suck.

  25. platinumraider32 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:42 PM

    Can’t wait for training camp. What I don’t get is people complained because the Raiders didn’t have picks. They ended up with 10 picks but once again they didn’t draft a DL eventhough they added like 3 through free agency. And is everyone forgetting that once camp starts guys get cut and trades are made prior to the season???

    This was one the Raiders better drafts in some time, IMHO.

    Bring on training camp and let the competition begin!!!!

  26. platinumraider32 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:43 PM

    Oooppps my bad, they picked up 2 DL in the draft which gives them how many on the current roster?? About 9 or 10? How many DL does one team need to start camp????

  27. grimmlock42 says: Apr 29, 2013 12:14 AM

    @nbooat:
    I compare your Bengals to the L.A. Clippers. You finally put together a decent team after all these years and you think you have the right to open your mouth. Your team might be good, but let’s face it, they’re not that good. You make a couple playoff appearances and you pat yourself on the back. I know it’s been a while, but atleast when we make the playoffs, we actually win playoff games. If your bengals can win atleast 1 playoff game next year, maybe your opinion around here might actually mean something.

  28. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 29, 2013 12:25 AM

    nbooat and spellingcops…separated at birth but yet have somehow found a way to become new lovers.

    I want to wish you all the best…good luck in your next parade.

  29. mrcosio says: Apr 29, 2013 12:31 AM

    I don’t get why we’re getting Bengal fans trolling an article about the Raiders draft…seriously who cares that you fleeced the Raiders with the Carson Palmer trade, literally everyone involved in that trade is gone, it’s history. We’re not even rivals. And stop saying you “stole” our coach because you didn’t, you hired him after several teams decided he would be too much of a head case. Why don’t you go troll something Steeler or Ravens related?

  30. grimmlock42 says: Apr 29, 2013 12:34 AM

    @Vfan76:
    Well, we didn’t always suck. As a matter of fact, thanks for reminding me. We beat the crap outta your vikings in the superbowl. You remember Ol’ Man Willie taking it to the house. You remember the purple eaters losing their appetite after seeing Art Shell and Gene Upshaw lining up against them. So basically your best day in Viking history, was actually our best day. Thanks for the memories.

  31. daabird says: Apr 29, 2013 1:47 AM

    Reggie McKenzie Rocked this Draft!!! Filled every need with a few potential instant starters. Come on man #1 #2 #3 along with Wilson are studs…We’re on our way Nation!! In Reggie I trust, once a Raider always a Raider!!

  32. mrraiders76 says: Apr 29, 2013 1:52 AM

    The Raiders needed a lot of needs going to the Draft.

    After carefully examining the picks they did a great job. Yes they drafted a lot more offensive players then most people expected. And not as much D Line as most people expected. But you have to remember the Raiders didn’t have a New England or Packer offense. As a matter of fact Reggie came from the Packers and he has a high standards of what an offense should be like. He knows what he’s doing and he’s going to build a great offense.

    This is all still obviously a process but he is also getting players that are going to compete with the NFL and are going to put the team first and win games

  33. dallas88kj says: Apr 29, 2013 4:07 AM

    Mike Jenkins will start to get a complex at this rate. Dumped by the Cowboys because they draft a CB to replace him, and he joins the Raiders…who subsequently draft a CB in the first round!

  34. duncanthecat says: Apr 29, 2013 6:18 AM

    Sounds more like Year Two of a Ten Year plan.

  35. mullman76 says: Apr 29, 2013 9:43 AM

    Ahhh speelingcops is back, right on time. A troll of the highest order never fails and she came through again, well done.

    Nboooat is just a kook stuck in Ohio rooting for the dirty bengals. Such a sad, sorry, state of affairs.

    Yes, the 70’s were nice for the Raiders and the early 80’s were as well. The SB trophies are a little dusty, but they are indelible, they are forever.

    Maybe someday the bengals will join the club. Until then it’s better not to speak until spoken to.

    Now take speelingcops by the hand and go run off and do whatever it is trolls do.

  36. kerbyjr1 says: Apr 29, 2013 10:19 AM

    We are in rebuild mode good job by our gm we still need help at safety and de.

  37. eklypse69 says: Apr 29, 2013 1:19 PM

    I could not be more thrilled with Reggie and the draft he put together. He turned 6 picks into 10, and picked up most of the biggest needs with the best available players. It’s obvious why this guy was at the helm of the Packers for 16 years – he knows his stuff.

  38. radrntn says: Apr 29, 2013 2:04 PM

    once again Reggie is not all about the flash, and bling bling. Reggie went for guys that are going to produce, and drafted the best player, not positions of need. I give him props for that. Over all the draft was solid. There first 3 picks were all guys that could have gone in the first round.

    As the media loved the “big names” who fell, there were reasons why 31 other teams all passes on these guys who went in round 2. Did I want a DT, sure I did, but I trust Reggie made the right move.

    I am confident between now and the beginning of the seasons a few big names are going to get cut, and who knows if Big Rich is feeling better maybe he can still anchor the d-line for us….in other words time will tell, but for now In reggie the nation trusts.

  39. nflfolly says: Apr 29, 2013 3:02 PM

    Mckenzie is the worst GM in the league which has been proven by his colossal mistakes last year and this year.
    Mark Davis should sell the the team after picking this clown as a GM.

  40. raiderapologist says: Apr 29, 2013 3:24 PM

    nbooat says: Apr 28, 2013 10:44 PM

    4. If we’re the 2nd worst franchise east of the Rockies what about west of the Rockies where we fleeced the Raiders in a trade, stole their coach, beat the Raiders, and made the playoffs the last 3/4 years.
    5. Congrats on the seventies, but now you are a mess, just admit it.
    ———–
    1. There’s no doubt the Raiders are a mess. I have no trouble admitting that. But you can’t steal a coach that was unemployed, and you can’t really list beating the Raiders as an accomplishment.
    2. Congrats on the..uh, well…early playoff exits. It’s easier to meet your goals when you aim low.

  41. racerx1225 says: May 7, 2013 7:55 AM

    Jason Hunter and Andre Carter are fine DE’s, lest ye forget we have Lamarr Houston on the other side as well and a new kid in Bass to give a chance. We will be fine. Also Moore can line up as a DE and Houston as a DT and Stacy McGee only slid to the 6th cause he smoked weed, BFD! Kid is gonna be good too. I love the fact that Wilson, Moore and McGee slid. They were each worthy of being taken 2 rounds higher in a best case scenario. Something all the nay sayers forget is that we get to sign more players after June 1st. I expect 1 or 2 surprises :)))

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