An Oakland Raiders Complete 2014 NFL Mock Draft

Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) is tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Armani Reeves (26) during their game in the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

This 2014 NFL mock draft can go a number of ways for the Oakland Raiders but with only six picks, they must make them count.

Round 1 – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson

It’s really hard seeing Jadeveon Clowney fall to #5 and since most don’t trust the Raiders will enter the early quarterback frenzy, that means wide receiver is likely a top priority.  There is none better than Sammy Watkins.  In addition to having that game-changing speed and athleticism, he also has the size at 6’1″ and toughness to handle duty over the middle.

Round 2 – Scott Crichton – DE – Oregon State

Athletic upside doesn’t always guarantee a good football player.  Scott Crichton is not a world class athlete but his production and game tape show a defensive end who can do his job against top competition.  His motor and core strength allow him to beat blockers in a variety of ways and he’s also got the size to anchor against the run.

Round 3 – Billy Turner – OT – North Dakota State

One of the hot risers among the scouting community is North DakotaState tackle Billy Turner.  Indeed the young man has everything at his disposal including the size, strength, balance and nimbleness to hold up in pass protection like he did at the Senior Bowl.  With a little more polish he could start for the Raiders opposite Jared Veldheer.

Round 4 – Zach Mettenberger – QB – LSU

At some point Oakland has to consider adding to their quarterback competition because the faith in Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin is limited at best.  Landing Zach Mettenberger in the 4th round might be a steal.  The 6’5″ quarterback out of LSU may have the best arm in the class along with the strength to shrug off rushers.  He showed marked improvement in 2013 before being lost to a torn ACL.

Round 6 – Bennett Jackson – CB – Notre Dame

Defensive backs have become a staple of Brian Kelly and Notre Dame.  Bennett Jackson is one of his more underrated projects.  He boasts good height and length at 6’1″, showed a willingness to play hard against the run, times his blitzes well and held his own in press coverage for the Irish.

Round 7 – Aaron Lynch – DE – South Florida

This is an all upside pick in the 2014 NFL mock draft for the Oakland Raiders.  Once considered the next big thing at Notre Dame, Aaron Lynch made the decision following his freshman year to transfer to South Florida.  Though technically a junior, he only has two seasons of experience.  He finished the 2013 campaign strong with four sacks in two games, demonstrating his combination of length, explosion and power.

Topics: 2014 Nfl Mock Draft, Billy Turner, Oakland Raiders, Sammy Watkins, Scott Crichton

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  • DelRoy Waters

    I have a better mock.

    Free Agency
    Jared Veldheer
    Lamarr Houston ( Move to DT)
    Tracy Porter( for slot corner)
    Rashad Jennings
    Pat Sims
    Charles Woodson

    Trade down for extra second and fifth with Vikings so they can choose their QB.

    1. Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
    2. Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
    2. Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State
    3. Charles Sims RB West Virginia
    4. Brandon Coleman WR Rugters
    5. Aaron Murray QB Georgia

    6. Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
    7. Aaron Lynch DE South Florida
    7. Nickoe Whitley FS Mississippi State

    • Erik Lambert

      Nice idea but I’ve talked with several Vikings fans who are wholeheartedly against moving up for any quarterback. Indeed they have a point in that one of the main four is bound to fall to them at #8, be it Manziel or Carr or maybe even Bridgewater. So why would they hand the Raiders two valuable draft picks to move up? As for Aaron Murray, I’m not against the pick, but he doesn’t fit the profile of what Greg Olson likes for his signal callers. Historically the OC has always preferred guys with bigger bodies with the arm to make all the throws. That is Mettenberger.

      • mccall316

        Also no freaking way Colvin is there in the 6th round or every GM is a moron!

    • $$MAN RETURNS!!

      I like yours much better but I wouldn’t take Mack, Coleman, Murray, Colvin or Jackson. Good players though.
      Instead I would take:
      1.Barr-OLB UCLA
      2.Donald
      2.Travis Swanson C Ark
      3.Deone Buccanon S Wash St.
      4.Chris Borland MLB Wisc.
      5.Aaron Lynch DE S.Fla.
      6.Tevin Reece WR Bay
      7.Ricardo Allen CB Pur
      7.Alex Bullard OG.C/C Tenn

      • DelRoy Waters

        I like this mock aswell. Borland was a beast in the Senior Bowl. I think Khalil Mack is better than Anthony Barr though.

      • jim

        i do not like Barr he isnt strong against the rum imo and is too much of a finesse player

  • $$MAN RETURNS!!

    You obviously want Big Red to be canned this season with that horrid draft, which he has proven he is quite capable of pulling off judged by the previous two..

    • Erik Lambert

      Let’s see: a game-breaking receiver, a proven pass rusher, a universally loved tackle in the scouting community, a proven quarterback from the SEC, a physically able corner and a high upside pass rusher. I’m failing to see why that is horrid.

      • Todd_the_Hunn

        LOL . I saw your draft and I thought no way we do this good ; ) I bet Mettenberger goes before our 4th . Maybe Aaron Murray is there . Mettenberger seems like a prototypical NFL qb . I might be to bullish on him but I just love him . I am now starting to think the Rams and Cleveland trade and they get Watkins at 4 . Still I would be quite happy if your mock was our draft .

        • Erik Lambert

          Glad you think so because apparently a lot of people think I’m an idiot.

          • Todd_the_Hunn

            I love mock drafts especially when your team is awful it gives something to look forward to . However about 5 years ago I realized no one ever got it right . Even the mocks the day before the draft were way off . The only one I saw ever get somewhat close was Rick Gosselin and he quit making them . So you are not an idiot . Everyone is giving their best guess .

          • Erik Lambert

            I know it’s purely guesswork, but the fun of it is in the discussions like this. People love debating which way their team will go so when the pick finally comes in somebody will be proven correct.

      • $$MAN RETURNS!!

        Who are these guys you are referring to? Better yet, where the hell are they for I don’t see them on this roster!!

  • DelRoy Waters

    Am I the only one that doesn’t see Sammy Watkins as that much of a big time reciever.

    • Erik Lambert

      Yes.

    • Demarkus Tramail Swan

      I don’t either.

  • Raider Grant

    Never know what we’ll get in draft??? Especially since McGinger failed in first two drafts. Why people don’t see that is mystery too me? Doesn’t takep genius to cut personnel,but takes special gift to draft quality talent. Go Raiderrrrs

    • Demarkus Tramail Swan

      Exactly, RM IS GOING TO FUKC THIS DRAFT UP, I will be screaming @ the BIG SCREEN FOR THE 3rd consecutive yr.

      • Raider Grant

        Me too DTS! Strike 1, Strike 2, if he comes up with Strike 3 he’s OUT!

  • VIPOD

    If Donald is there in the 2nd round we should take him.

    Another LSU QB??? The dude is huge (Big Ben like) and showed improvement before the injury, but it’s our 3rd LSU QB in the last 7 years (JR & Flynn), from a PR perspective it’s suicide!

    • Erik Lambert

      If it were the first round, I would say you’re right but it’s the 4th so it’s not like he has to be the savior. He’s competition to pit against Pryor and McGloin while McKenzie continues to build the roster. Donald will go in the first round, mark that down. Too explosive and disruptive.

  • jim

    Veldheer and Houston and maybe Woodson are priority players that I believe Oakland should retain at all costs. Houston is the question mark so he should be tagged imo. Top FAs we should target not on our team are Michael Johnson LDE BJ Raji DT Sam shields DB (Our GM was a Packer) and maybe Alex Mack.
    My Mock Scenario
    1Clowney/Trade/Watkins -if clowney isnt there try to trade if a deal isnt there take Watkins
    –If we Trade I would go for Justin Gilbert DB/Kony Ealy DE
    2 BPA OL/ Aaron Donald DL/ Deanthony Thomas RB
    — If we by chance get Clowney we should take the Best Offensive line prospect on the board. Either that or Aaron Donald who I see could play any spot on the DL. If we do trade i would like to see oakland take De’Anthony Thomas as the change of pace back behind Rashad Jennings (who will be back)
    3 BPA DB/ Jordan Zumwalt LB/ Crockett Gilbride TE/ Jimmy Ward S
    — It is here down that I think Oakland should look for quality Depth in the defense and offense and not reach for needs.