The Oakland Raiders are up next in our Reader’s Mock Draft after finishing 4-12 last season, and are facing a complete roster overhaul after many of their best free agents departed, and they’re on the verge of sending Carson Palmer out of town.
Top-5 Prospects Available
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Ziggy Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
It doesn’t appear as though DL Richard Seymour will be back next year, and DL Desmond Bryant signed with the Cleveland Browns, leaving a void as big as the black hole in the interior of the Raiders’ defense. The draft’s 2-best DT prospects will likely be on the board here, as well as the top-2 DE prospects, so they could go with a variety of players in order to address the defensive line.
After the Jacksonville Jaguars took Geno Smith at #2, it’s unlikely they’ll draft the next-best QB in Matt Barkley here, but the Raiders are notorious in reaching for players, so it wouldn’t come as a complete shock.