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Oakland Raiders 2017 Mock Draft Tracker: V 6.0

Posted Mar 29, 2017

We're less than a month out from the 2017 NFL Draft. Time to update our Mock Draft Tracker.

Each day we inch closer and closer to the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, and if you can believe it, we’re now less than a month away from the three-day event kicking off in Philadelphia.

The Oakland Raiders hold the No. 24 overall pick in next month’s draft, and with free agency in the rearview mirror – for the most part anyway – mock drafts all around the NFL world are aflutter with change.

Without any further ado, here is this week’s version of the Mock Draft Tracker.

Bleacher Report

Expert | Brent Sobleski

Selection: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Previous Selection: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Breakdown: There's a lot to like about Florida State running back Dalvin Cook. There are also multiple red flags with this prospect. Where he falls in the draft will be entirely dependent on how teams reconcile his talent with those potential concern areas.

It's easy to fall in love with Cook strictly by looking at his film. Florida State's all-time leading rusher showed great balance, patience, footwork and an ability to explode past second- and third-level defenders. The issues are his ball security, lack of top-flight athleticism and multiple off-the-field concerns.

The Oakland Raiders don't have a starting running back on their roster after Latavius Murray signed with the Minnesota Vikings, though Marshawn Lynch could come out of retirement to join them, per ESPN's Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson.

"He [Lynch] really wants to play for the Raiders," a source told The MMQB's Peter King.

Lynch may not be attainable since the Seattle Seahawks still own his rights. Cook is a more-than-capable alternative.


CBS Sports

Expert | Will Brinson

Selection: David Njoku, TE, Miami

Previous Selection: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

Breakdown: Oakland just signed Jared Cook, but that actually makes the Njoku pick even more plausible. He doesn?t have to step in and be a dominant pass catcher right now.


Expert | Dane Brugler

Selection: Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt

Previous Selection: Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt

Breakdown: The Raiders could use a tough, rangy linebacker and Cunningham fits the bill with his ball awareness, play speed and length to keep himself free from blocks.


Expert | Pete Prisco

Selection: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Previous Selection: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Breakdown: Their corner play needs upgrading, so landing Humphrey makes sense.


Expert | Rob Rang

Selection: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

Previous Selection: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

Breakdown: The Raiders' rise to the playoffs is directly attributable to its explosive offense but if the club is to take the next step -- and remain a consistent postseason threat -- help must be on the way for a defense that surrendered an average of 375 yards per game, 26th in the NFL. In his postseason wrap-up, Jack Del Rio stressed the need to create more of disruption on the interior, which is exactly what the 6-5, 285 pound McDowell does best.


ESPN

Expert | Mel Kiper, Jr.

Selection: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

Previous Selection: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Breakdown: D.J. Hayden was a miss at No. 12 overall in 2013, and now the Raiders will be looking for cornerback help on Day 1 or Day 2. Enter White, who has what many of the corner prospects above him don't: experience. A four-year starter for the Tigers, White (5-11, 192) could have been a Day 3 pick a year ago but made the right decision to return to school. The Raiders think they're Super Bowl contenders, but corner is a gaping hole headed into 2017.


Expert | Todd McShay

Selection: Kevin King, CB, Washington

Previous Selection: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

Breakdown: With Florida's Teez Tabor running a slow 40 at the combine and Washington's Sidney Jones suffering a leg injury at his pro day, there's suddenly plenty of room for other cornerbacks to move up the board. King and Ohio State's Gareon Conley are two fast risers. King's tape is good, and his workout numbers are even better. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, King ran a 4.43 40 and posted a 39.5-inch vertical jump.


FOX Sports

Expert | Dieter Kurtenbach

Selection: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

Previous Selection: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

Breakdown: The Raiders need help at linebacker and safety. Peppers plays both spots, and his unparalleled athleticism will have the Raiders jumping over the Inner Harbor with this selection.


MMQB

Expert | Emily Kaplan

Selection: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

Previous Selection: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Breakdown: The Temple product was the talk of the Senior Bowl and followed that up with a dominant combine. In Mobile, Reddick switched seamlessly from outside linebacker to inside linebacker in drills.


NFL.com

Expert | Bucky Brooks

Selection: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Previous Selection: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

Breakdown: The Raiders need a corner but could opt to take a big, physical tackle to groom for a bigger role down the line.


Expert | Charley Casserly

Selection: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

Previous Selection: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

Breakdown: Cunningham is an instinctive, athletic linebacker who can play all three downs.


Expert | Daniel Jeremiah

Selection: John Ross, WR, Washington

Previous Selection: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

Breakdown: This isn't a big need for the Raiders but Ross could take this passing game to a new level with his big-play ability.


Expert | Lance Zierlein

Selection: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Previous Selection: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

Breakdown: Another size-speed cornerback for the Raiders, but he's also an exceptionally aggressive run supporter who sets the tone like a safety.


Pro Football Focus

Expert | Steve Palazzolo

Selection: Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt

Previous Selection: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

Breakdown: Oakland has added key pieces to the defense on a yearly basis, and Cunningham can provide a playmaking presence in the middle. He has the athleticism to play zone coverage or cover tight ends, and he has no problem getting dirty in the running game, where his 56 solo run stops led all Power-5 linebackers. The issue for Cunningham is his tackling, where he’s missed 34 attempts over the last two years; if he can cut those down, he’s an excellent three-down linebacker prospect.


The Ringer

Expert | Danny Kelly

Selection: Kevin King, CB, Washington

Previous Selection: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

Breakdown: King would’ve be a dream target for the late Al Davis: a physical press cornerback with elite size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) and speed. It just so happens that current Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie also values those traits. King boosted his stock into the first round with an electric combine performance, running the 40 in 4.43 seconds while adding a 39.5-inch vertical jump, a 6.56-second three-cone, and a 3.89-second short shuttle to put himself in the 99th percentile for NFL corners. He’d challenge David Amerson for the starting job opposite Sean Smith from day one, with the goal of his taking over for Smith in the long term.


SB Nation

Expert | Dan Kadar

Selection: Jarrad Davis, MLB, Florida

Previous Selection: Zach Cunningham, MLB, Vanderbilt

Breakdown: N/A


Sporting News

Expert | Eric Galko

Selection: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Previous Selection: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Breakdown: There’s a real chance Dalvin Cook falls out of round one, with his character, athletic test and previous injury concerns. But the Raiders need a feature running back, and they have interest in Cook. He could be Ezekiel Elliott 2.0 in Oakland.


WalterFootball.com

Expert | Charlie Campbell

Selection: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

Previous Selection: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida

Breakdown: The Raiders are expected to address their front seven with this pick. I've mocked Caleb Brantley to them for a while, but Haason Reddick is probably the superior prospect. Reddick would inject some talent into a poor linebacking corps. Jelani Jenkins was signed, but that was to a short-term deal. Reddick would be a solution for the long haul.