Three and out: Oakland Raiders' 2018 NFL draft needs, prospect fits

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1. Inside linebacker has been a longtime need for the Raiders, with NaVorro Bowman only serving as a temporary fix. It’s time that Oakland invested a top draft pick to bolster its front seven.

Advice: The Raiders lost a coin flip for the No. 9 pick to their Bay Area neighbor 49ers, who also could take a linebacker in the first round, which makes this is a really interesting scenario. If the Raiders are in love with Georgia’s Roquan Smith, they might need to jump up to make sure the 49ers don’t beat them to that pick. Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds could also be in play at that point.

2. The Raiders clearly knew cornerback was a position of need this offseason and added Rashaan Melvin, Shareece Wright and Senquez Golson to join 2017 first-round pick Gareon Conley. Their search for another starter, however, shouldn't be over.

Advice: The Raiders should resist the urge to draft a corner in the first round for the second consecutive year and see if they can find value in the second or third rounds, like with LSU’s Donte Jackson (whose blazing speed would make him a classic throwback Raiders draft pick) or Colorado’s Isaiah Oliver.


3. The Raiders have short-term and long-term questions at offensive tackle following the release of right tackle Marshall Newhouse and given the advancing age of left tackle Donald Penn (turning 35 in April). Oakland signed veteran Breno Giacomini in free agency but could look to the draft for competition.

Advice: This draft class might not have an elite prospect at offensive tackle, and No. 10 might be too high to take one. Oakland likely will be inclined to see who is available later on, especially if Texas’ Connor Williams or Oklahoma’s Orlando Brown were to fall.
 

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McKenzie and Gruden trade up from the No. 10 spot here, giving Cleveland their first-round and second-round selections (No. 45) in 2018 along with the team’s fourth-round pick in 2019 to move up to get former North Carolina State defensive end, Bradley Chubb at No. 4 overall.
 

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The Raiders have a ton of picks to give Jon Gruden the players he wants, and taking the draft's premier linebacker at No. 10 would give a huge boost to the defense. Smith gives defensive coordinator Paul Guenther his Vontaze Burfict, minus the character issues.

Washington gives the offense some depth behind their top two receivers and also serves as Jordy Nelson insurance. Settle is a massive force on the defensive line and would be a great value in the third round. Thomas has the tools to succeed, and he could develop into a key member of the pass-rush rotation.

The Raiders trade up in the fifth to land Jones-Smith, who could wind up taking over as starter at right tackle with the right development. The team grabs a couple cheap options for special teams in Scott and Pineiro, and a potential red-zone weapon in Lazard, in the sixth. With their final pick, the Raiders grab Reggie McKenzie's son to compete for a roster spot.
 

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Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith

Silver and Black: The answer to Raider Nation’s prayers as a ready-made NFL linebacker with his tackling ability, sideline-to-sideline coverage skills and purportedly voracious appetite for studying film. As ESPN’s Louis Riddick tweeted, Smith’s “tape is close to perfect. He can do it all.” As in be able to play either the Mike or the Will in a 4-3 scheme.

Silver and Blech: The last linebacker linked to the Raiders who was seen as such a surefire hit? Try Rolando McClain. True, it’s unfair to link Smith with McClain, but tape in college and reputation can carry you only so far. Besides, the Niners might take this decision off the Raiders’ hands at No. 8, if the Chicago Bears don’t beat them to it a pick earlier.
 
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Oakland Raiders Mock Draft: Top defender likely at No. 10, predictions for every pick

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft...r-likely-at-no-10-predictions-for-every-pick/

The Raiders have 11 picks heading into the draft, and with plenty of issues on both sides of the ball, what they'll do at No. 10 is wide open.

The obvious option is to grab the best defensive player. Even though they have a transcendent pass-rusher in Khalil Mack, the Raiders had a mediocre defense last year, and more talent is needed on each level of that unit. Whether they add a lineman like Marcus Davenport or Vita Vea, a linebacker like Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds, or a defensive back like Denzel Ward or Minkah Fitzpatrick, expect the Raiders defense to get better in Round 1.

Unless, of course, they pick up some offensive line help.

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1 10 Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
2 41 James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
3 75 Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
4 110 Chad Thomas, DE, Miami
5 146 Jaryd Jones-Smith, OT, Pittsburgh from SEA/OAK
5 159 Traded to Seattle from NE/CLE/KC
5 173 Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama Compensatory
6 185 JK Scott, P, Alabama
6 212 Traded to Seattle Compensatory
6 216 Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State Compensatory
6 217 Eddy Pineiro, K, Florida Compensatory
7 228 Kahlil McKenzie, DT, Tennessee
The Raiders have a ton of picks to give Jon Gruden the players he wants, and taking the draft's premier linebacker at No. 10 would give a huge boost to the defense. Smith gives defensive coordinator Paul Guenther his Vontaze Burfict, minus the character issues.

Washington gives the offense some depth behind their top two receivers and also serves as Jordy Nelson insurance. Settle is a massive force on the defensive line and would be a great value in the third round. Thomas has the tools to succeed, and he could develop into a key member of the pass-rush rotation.

The Raiders trade up in the fifth to land Jones-Smith, who could wind up taking over as starter at right tackle with the right development. The team grabs a couple cheap options for special teams in Scott and Pineiro, and a potential red-zone weapon in Lazard, in the sixth. With their final pick, the Raiders grab Reggie McKenzie's son to compete for a roster spot.