With the 2017 NFL Draft set to start on April 27, the experts at Rotoworld put together the following seven-round Mock Draft for the Oakland Raiders.
Round 1 (24): CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
Reggie McKenzie loved D.J. Hayden, but had to admit that mistake. It didn't work out. I could see McKenzie viewing Awuzie in a similar light, but actually worthy of a first-round pick. Awuzie offers slot experience, a trait that is difficult to find in higher-end college prospects.
Round 2 (56): LB Jarrad Davis, Florida
The Raiders prioritize athleticism at linebacker, with Heeney, Jenkins, and 2015 free agent signing Malcolm Smith fitting that mold. Davis is definitely a plus athlete. Davis dealt with an injury for a good portion of 2016, but he might be this year's Deion Jones.
Round 3 (88): RB D’Onta Foreman, Texas
The Raiders let Latavius Murray walk in free agency and added nothing to the roster. Foreman is an outstanding fit behind Oakland's lane-clearing offensive line, as he offers tremendous athleticism and big-play ability for a 235-pound back. Let him run through and away from those lanes.
Round 4 (129): EDGE Joe Mathis, Washington
Mathis certainly has his fans in the draft media. Pass rushers are difficult to come by on the third day, but Mathis could be available due to a foot injury.
Round 5 (168): LB Jayon Brown, UCLA
Brown flew under the radar on the all-star circuit, but he’s another linebacker with range.
Round 6 (208): DL Josh Tupou, Colorado
A massive body to help on the interior. True nose tackles are difficult to come by in this class.
Round 7 (242): WR Fred Ross, Miss State
A productive slot receiver.
Round 7 (244): OT Dan Skipper, Arkansas
Skipper is a massive man who will likely land on a practice squad.