To start out the 2013 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders were in a great spot to do what they needed to do and begin to plug in the holes. And made their first pick by trading out of the no.3 spot with the Miami Dolphins to move down to the 12th pick overall and picking up the 42nd pick as well.
With the No. 12 overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders select cornerback D.J. Hayden out of Houston. (B-) , Great pick with a high injury risk...
Hayden's senior season was cut short by a ruptured inferior verna cava, a potentially fatal blood-vessel injury that limited him to nine games in 2012.
However, the star corner was recently cleared medically by all 32 teams and his stock had skyrocketed over the last two to three weeks.
The 5-11, 191-pound Hayden had an incredible junior season in 2011 with the Cougars, becoming the Defensive Newcomer of the Year with 11 pass breakups and five forced fumbles on the way to a 13-1 campaign.
This was an excellent move by Reggie McKenzie and the front office, as they got the guy they wanted who was regarded as hands down one of this year's top corner backs and much-needed additional draft picks in the process.
With the No. 42 overall on day two from Florida State the Raiders select offensive tackle Menelik Watson. (A-)Watson has great athletic ability and will start right away at right tackle for the Raiders were he plugs in a major hole on the offensive line.
Watson (6-foot-5 1/8, 310) began his college career playing hoops at Marist before transferring to JUCO and finally landing at FSU for his senior year. He started 12 games at right tackle for the Seminoles and allowed just one sack. But had disappointing measurable’s in the Combine and wasn’t great at Florida State Pro day either.
Watson may just need to put more mass on his built but has incredible upside and will ultimately fit on the right side of the Oakland offensive line.
With the No. 66 overall pick the Raiders selected Connecticut LB Sio Moore. (A) He'll come the Raiders as a powerful puss-rusher and was the best available player on the board the time he was selected, outstanding pick up.
Moore comes into the Oakland after racking up a team-high 15.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, and 11 pass breakups at outside linebacker for the Huskies last season.
Moore's an explosive athlete off the ball,in the Combine he ran a 4.65 with a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot-7 broad jump.
Moore is a lethal pass rusher with excellent versatility and talent at playing essentially any linebacker position. Moore will fit right in where the linebacker core needs it the most and will compete for a starting job.
According to Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said “Moore plays on the outside, either at the strong-side or weak-side spot.” Moore can also become a vital part of special teams unit.
Oakland’s staff first-set eyes on the pass-rusher in the Senior Bowl where they must fall in love with him. During the game Moore picked up a sack.
Allen knows more loves football and spent a week learning about his character and his abilities in the Senior Bowl week.
Moore is a great guy to have in your locker room according to the Raiders staff that get along well. He was hoping to get picked by Oakland and “my family all wore black today.” Now that’s a true Raider.
Moore wasn’t too thrilled about that he didn’t get picked until 3rd round and he said “the Raiders are getting a pissed-off linebacker. No one will out-work me.”
The third and final day of the draft Reggie McKenzie and his staff never kept an eye off their draft board and the team grew. At the beginning of the day they started out with four selections but Reggie and his staff pulled some maneuvers and managed to pick up a fourth rounder, four players in the sixth round and two players in the seventh round.
Raiders knew coming into camp they wanted to give Matt Flynn and Terrell Pryor some additional competition will the team did.
Raiders selected Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson with the No. 112 overall pick. (B)The Raiders can use the extra competition with Flynn and Pryor and will become a solid back-up for Oakland.
Wilson (6-foot-2 1/8, 215) successor of Ryan Mallett and started for two seasons, looking like the potential No. 1 overall pick in 2011 before regressing into 2012 as an Arkansas' program manage to fall apart.
He finished with a career completion rate of 62.6 and a 52:26 TD-to-INT ratio.
Wilson's accuracy can be isn’t the best by any means and his arm strength isn't going to thrill anyone, but he’s the most threatening pocket passer in this draft and loves to challenge defenses vertically.
He's a "gunslinger" with good movement. Matt Flynn the current Raiders starter could lose his spot to a rookie named Wilson for the second year in a row.
The second pick of the day came all the way in the 6th round and the first tight-end they selected on the day.
Raiders selected Colorado TE Nick Kasa with the No. 172 overall pick. (B+)Another solid pick by the Raiders they desperately need a big blocking tight-end that can become part of the receiving game as well. With his determination he may start this coming season.
Kasa (6-foot-5 7/8, 269) was actually a defensive end until halfway through his junior year. As a senior, he caught 25 passes for 391 yards (15.6 YPR) and three touchdowns for the Buffalos.
At the Combine he performed well with good speed for a tight end. He is a bit of development player but has tremendous upside due to his size-speed combination
The Raiders lack a talented tightend on the field, he might not be the top receiver on the field, but Kasa comes to Oakland with the willingness to block and will get his touches come fall.
Raiders selected Central Florida RB Latavius Murray with the No. 181 overall pick. (B)A pick up much-needed, Murray adds to the mix of backs in Oakland that back-up injury prone top running back Darren McFadden.
Murray out of Central Florida rushed 198 times for 1,106 yards (5.59 YPC) and 15 touchdowns as a senior. He was a high-scoring back throughout his career, reaching pay dirt on 43 occasions. He becomes a multidemesional back on the field as he gifted as a pass receiver as well.
Murray stock soared with his outstanding 4.38 forty and 1.48 ten-yard split at the Knights' Pro Day. He has the versatility and will be a short-yardage pounder and/or West Coast-type fullback with the Raiders
Murray will compete with Rashad Jennings and Jeremy Stewart behind Darren McFadden in Oakland.
Raiders selected Tennessee TE Mychal Rivera with the No. 184 overall pick. (B)While Kasa is more effective of inline tight-end Rivera will be more of the receiving type of tight-end and will find playing time on special teams as well.
Rivera caught 36 balls for 562 yards (15.6 YPR) and five TDs with the Vols last season. Expect him to compete for a special teams position but like Kasa he may also see some field time for the Raiders.
Raiders had the chance to select three additional sections later in the day. The last three picks receive (B) grades since all selection fill in needs and depth to the positions of need.
Raiders selected Oklahoma DT Stacy McGee with the No. 205 overall pick.
Raiders selected San Diego State WR Brice Butler with the No. 209 overall pick
Raiders selected Missouri Western State DE David Bass with the No. 233 overall pick
In general the draft was not bad at all for the Raiders they manage to pick up several more selections including a second rounder and had six picks in the final two rounds. GM McKenzie continues doing things that wasn't thought of in Oakland prior to his arrival, namely adding draft picks by electing safe players, while shedding the dead weight from the roster of bad character players and overpaid veterans.
Final Grade (B)