Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive tackle Aaron Donald speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Complete 2014 NFL Mock Draft


The Oakland Raiders fans have easily been the biggest critics of mock drafts I have ever seen. I think if I had correctly predicted their draft in 2013 — every single pick of it — they would have hated it before it actually happen.

According to what I’ve gathered from Raiders fans thus far in the process, it’s going to be very hard to please a fan base that is very pleased thus far with the free agent acquisitions made, in hopes that this team can return to contention sooner rather than later.

1. First Round, 5th overall: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

I don’t know necessarily if the Raiders will stay at this pick. They seem an ideal fit to move down. I won’t project a trade down in this situation, but I’ll pick a player I think the Raiders could target in such a situation. Aaron Donald is a disruptive player with a ton of athletic ability and would bring a nastiness to the Raiders’ defense they desperately need.

2. Second Round, 36th overall: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

Mettenberger is a strong-armed signal caller who has drawn comparisons to Joe Flacco. If the Raiders can come away from the first two rounds with an impact defender and a quarterback of the future, I think you’d have to consider that a major win for them.

3. Third Round, 67th overall: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

Versatile TE prospect who would be a significant upgrade for the Raiders at a position where Matt Schaub or whatever QB they bring in is going to need a safety valve. Niklas has excellent size and will be a major mismatch for teams in the passing game.

4. Fourth Round, 107th overall: Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota

Fast-rising safety prospect with good size and speed, and has the ability to contribute early as a key special teams player and develop into a starter for Oakland.

5. Seventh Round, 219th overall: Zach Moore, DE, Concordia-St.Paul

Sleeper defensive end prospect with size, athletic ability, and a ton of upside.

6. Seventh Round, 235th overall: Russell Bodine, OL, North Carolina

Really good late value on the offensive line and a guy who could be a key backup for the Raiders.

7. Seventh Round, 247th overall: Lonnie Ballentine, S, Memphis

Big time athlete at 6’3″ 219 pounds who would be a huge upside pick late in the draft. His stock could have risen way past this point by now.

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  • gdubb

    I certainly hope the raiders don’t pick any of these players, although Brock vereen would be a welcomed addition

    • SayreBedinger

      Wow really you actually ‘hope’ they don’t take Aaron Donald? Explain.

      • AlDavisJr

        No matter who is posted as the 5th overall pick, some Raiders fan will whine loudly. Aaron is rated a bit lower in the round than 5th, and since we are all experts (snort) we have to get a higher value than the position the player is picked. Make sense? :-)

      • gdubb

        A.Donald would be awesome pick but not at 5.maybe a trade down to like 10 for him..If watkins or mack are not available at 5.trade down get evans or Donald

        • SayreBedinger

          I thought this reasoning was PRETTY clear: I don’t know necessarily if the Raiders will stay at this pick. They seem an ideal fit to move down. I won’t project a trade down in this situation, but I’ll pick a player I think the Raiders could target in such a situation.

    • Dewight Marice Mitchell

      Aaron Donald is a soild pick

  • Dannee Frey

    Whoever this guy is doesn’t know squat. The raiders don’t have a fifth or sixth round pick as of now and they have three sevenths?????

    • J Haskins

      While I agree this is not the greatest of Raider mocks, this writer DIDN’T post a fifth or sixth pick, but he DID post (3) 7th round picks. That said, I’m gonna tell you something my Grandfather used to say to me when I was little. ” You got to use your head for more than a hat rack son “

      • SayreBedinger

        Thank you.

  • J Haskins

    Please don’t even mention Zach Mettenberger because he’s been overrated since high school. That’s why he was beat out by Aaron Murray at GU, which is why he transferred to LSU. But now you gave me another reason not to like him by comparing him to Joe Flacco. I can’t stand Flacco either for the same reason, vastly overrated

    • Dannee Frey

      Misread

    • SayreBedinger

      I would actually agree with you that the comparison to Joe Flacco would actually push me away. I’m having a hard time pegging what QB the Raiders will go after

  • Dewight Marice Mitchell

    no Wide receiver

  • Raider Grant

    Hell no to Mettenberger !!! Address linemen for D/O