By Justin Lum
Silver & Black Productions
Yes, the 2014 NFL Draft is in the books and the anxiety is over. In other words, Christmas has passed and the Raiders are getting familiar with some new toys. As Rookie Mini Camp is about to kick off, we pose a question regarding each of the Raiders draft picks.
1. Where will
.@RAIDERS Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver is raving about Khalil Mack's ability to rush the passer, but also his coverage skills.— 95.7 The GAME (@957thegame) May 15, 2014
It will be interesting to see how Coach Tarver a.k.a “The Mad Scientist” uses the versatile outside linebacker in Khalil Mack who head coach Dennis Allen compares to Broncos OLB Von Miller. At the University of Buffalo, Mack produced double-digit sacks by lining up with his hand in the dirt and standing up off the edge. With experienced pass rushers like
2. What is the most impressive intangible about second-round pick QB
Rookie quarterback Derek Carr is definitely excited to sling the rock to his new receivers. Off the field, the 36th overall pick is showing leadership on social media. Check out @derekcarrqb’s Twitter feed where he reached out to each of the seven Raider draft picks, congratulating his new teammates.
3. Will G
4. Is CB
5. How will DT
So how will Jelly keep his weight down? “Keep him away from home,” McKenzie said. “He’s home with mama and the family. These guys are young 22 year-olds. He’s not going to go around eating salads all day. He’ll get here, he’ll get in a nutrition plan and he’ll be fine.”
6. Can seventh-round pick TJ Carrie be the next punt returner for the Raiders?
Carrie led the MAC in punt return average at 12.7, probably his ticket to making Raiders 53-man roster if he can stay healthy.— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) May 10, 2014
Oakland’s first pick of the seventh round was All-MAC first team at punt returner for the Ohio Bobcats who went to De La Salle high school and is originally from Antioch, CA. Carrie ran track against fellow Antioch-native and Raiders special teams ace
7. What will DE
Reggie McKenzie took a seventh-round flier on Shelby Harris. In 2012, he racked up 85 tackles, seven sacks, and 16 tackles for loss, recognized as All-Missouri Valley Football Conference. But dismissed from the team and missed all of 2013. Can the rookie take advantage of the opportunity to learn from pros like Justin Tuck and Lamarr Woodley?
So excited to be apart of #raidernation— Shelby Harris (@ShelbyHarris93) May 10, 2014
8. Could Safety
Oakland’s final draft pick of 2014 is an intriguing safety from Western Kentucky. Jonathan Dowling is a former 4-star recruit who transferred from Florida after being cut as a true freshman. The 6’3”, 200 pound defensive back led the NCAA with six forced fumbles in 2013 and is a rangy, hard-hitting ball hawk who can soak up unlimited knowledge from veterans like
I think #Raiders S Jonathan Dowling (7th round) from Western Ky will end up being one of the steals of the draft.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) May 15, 2014