1st Round Pick #5 OLB Khalil Mack - Buffalo Ht: 6'3" Wt: 251 Lbs. 40 time: 4.64
Not sold on any of the highest rated quarterbacks at this slot, the Raiders select a Top-5 talent an eventual All-Pro. Mack is a well put together, scheme versatile playmaker that made an impact all over the front seven for the Bulls. Mack is solid setting the edge, has very good take-on strength with powerful wrists and hands. Mack is excellent at using his arms to jolt and lock out.
Mack played a hybrid linebacker role in the Bulls 3-4 scheme, making an impact with his hand in the dirt and standing up off the edge. Mack set school records for sacks (28.5), tackles for loss (75) and forced fumbles (16). Mack has the three most important traits teams look for in an outside linebacker: Instincts, Athletic Ability and Range.
The decision comes down to selecting the best impact player on the board. In the event, DE Jadeveon Clowney, LT Greg Robinson, OLB Khalil Mack and WR Sammy Watkins are off the board by the fifth pick the Raiders should select rock-solid LT/RT Jake Matthews, rated fifth overall prospect, who could start immediately at Right Tackle and becomes the Raiders future franchise Left Tackle for the next decade or trade down for more picks. LT Taylor Lewan is also in the mix. If Raiders decide to trade down; DT Aaron Donald, OLB Ryan Shazier, OLB Demarcus Lawrence, WR Mike Evans or G/T Zack Martin are possible targets.
2nd Round Pick #36 QB Derek Carr – Fresno State Ht: 6'2" Wt: 215 Lbs. 40-Time 4.69
In terms of physical ability Derek Carr, possesses everything a team could ask for in a franchise quarterback. Carr possesses the seven most important traits teams look for in a quarterback: Accuracy, Football Intelligence, Reading Defenses, Toughness, Arm Strength, Setup/Release and Intangibles. Carr shows the ability to square his shoulders and deliver with velocity and accuracy.
Carr displays a unique combination of arm strength, accuracy as well as underrated athleticism. Carr has solid leadership skills, an astute ability to read coverage, recognize and elude pressure. Carr is a Top-50 talent rapidly moving up draft boards, several teams are in need of quarterbacks and Carr could easily go in the 1st round. Carr ranked as the third best QB prospect in the draft and 22nd overall.
The decision comes down to QB Teddy Bridgewater, QB Derek Carr, QB Jimmy Garoppolo, QB AJ McCarron, WR Donte Moncrief, NT Louis Nix, DT Timmy Jernigan, C Marcus Martin, DE Kony Ealy and RT Ja'Wuan James. One or more of the top-rated quarterbacks will fall to the second round and become the Raiders quarterback of the future or a DT, WR or OLB would be solid choices.
3rd Round Pick #67 WR Donte Moncrief – Miss. Ht: 6'2" Wt: 221 Lbs. 40-Time 4.39
Moncrief is a smooth route-runner with a thick frame. Moncrief is a physically gifted receiver with deep speed and playmaking ability that is sudden out of his breaks and shows the ability to generate separation even against tight man coverage. Moncrief was a multi – sport athlete at Mississippi, with a 39.5 inch vertical jump and the best broad jump by a wide receiver (11 feet) and third best of the NFL combine.
Moncrief has a big catching radius and is strong after the catch. Moncrief possesses the four most important traits teams look for in a wide receiver: Hands, Route-Running, Release, Separation, Blocking, Body Control and Intangibles. Moncrief ranked as the seventh best WR prospect in the draft. The decision comes down to CB Pierre Desir, Guard Trai Turner, Guard David Yankey, TE Jace Amaro, DE Kareem Martin, DE Scott Crichton, DE Ed Stinson, MLB Chris Borland, WR Jarvis Landry and SS Deone Bucannon.
4th Round Pick #107 CB/ KR Pierre Desir – Lindenwood Ht: 6'1" Wt: 198 lbs. 40-Time 4.56
Desir born in Haiti, was a Division II standout recruited out of high school to play for Washburn University in Topeka, KS. Desir transferred to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. due to the financial burden of raising a family after losing family members in the earthquakes that devastated Haiti. Desir is an explosive athlete, his 11' 1" broad jump was the second best at the NFL Combine. Desir showed he could play against FBS competition at the Senior Bowl. Desir has a lean, athletic build and good height for the position that dominated Division II competition. A fluid athlete with light feet, flexibility, balance who quickly locates the ball and attacks underneath routes. Desir possesses the five most important traits teams look for in cornerbacks: Coverage, Read & React, Confidence, Ball Skills and Closing Speed. Desir is ranked as the 10th best CB prospect in the draft.
The decision should be between OLB Shayne Skov, CB/FS Marqueston Huff, FS Brock Vereen, DT Will Sutton, WR Bruce Ellington, CB Terrance Mitchell, OLB Marcus Smith, RB Terrence West, OLB Ronald Powell, WR Martavis Bryant, CB Ross Cockrell and CB Bashaud Breeland.
7th Round Pick 219 NT Ryan Carrethers – Arkansas State Ht: 6'1" Wt: 330 Lbs.
Carrethers was a highly productive NFL-strong DT that dominated Sun Belt Conference competition. Not simply a big body, but an impressive athlete with stamina and a solid motor. Ryan had 68 tackles, three and a half tackles for loss, one sack in 2012. Carrethers broke out in 2013 posting 93 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks and two blocked field goals.
Carrethers had an impressive 16-tackle game against Lafayette. Carrethers wrestling background has helped him understand leverage. Carrethers has outstanding weight room strength, sheer mass and natural girth to hold his ground and handle double-teams. Solid character on and off the field, dedicated to his craft, brings a professional approach to the game. Ryan does a good job occupying blocks and clogging run lanes. Carrethers ranked as the 20th DT prospect in the draft.
7th Round Pick 235 DE/DT Zach Moore – Concordia St. Paul, MN Ht: 6'5" Wt: 285 Lbs.
Moore is a productive Division II prospect that played both defensive end and defensive tackle that posted 130 tackles, 45.5 tackles for less and 33 sacks in five years. Moore was a finalist for the Cliff Harris Division II Player of the Year award, two-time team captain and the first Concordia player invited to the NFL Combine. Moore has experience in a 4-3 or 3-4 front and averaged a sack per game for his college career. Moore received a fifth round grade although due to level of competition may fall to the seventh round.
7th Round Pick 247 OLB Morgan Breslin – USC Ht: 6'1" Wt: 250 Lbs.
Due to hip and ankle injuries Morgan Breslin was a 2014 NFL Combine snub. As a junior Breslin was USC's top pass rusher with 13 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. Breslin struggled to stay healthy in 2013 and played in only five games. Breslin played DE in a 4-3 front under Monte Kiffin, OLB under Clancy Pendergast in his attacking 3-4 front. The move did not slow him posting 4.5 sacks and eight tackles in five games. Considering Breslin's ability to rush the passer is his greatest asset if he is passing his medical check he could be a late round steal.
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